Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Montessori - Early Childhood)
Master of Arts in Education Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Montessori - Early Childhood
Admissions and Requirements
Courses You’ll Take
Tuition & Fees
The online Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Education (MA Ed) with an emphasis in Montessori Early Childhood program is designed for those with a passion for teaching via the Montessori Method to school-aged children.
Through coursework, students gain:
- Foundational knowledge of a concept coined by Dr. Maria Montessori, which incorporates learning methods structured around a child's mind, body and soul.
- Greater expertise in the Montessori Method and how it nurtures student development.
- Credentials for career advancement.
This program offers the following tracks:
- Montessori Early Childhood (age 3-6, pre-K)
- Montessori Elementary I (age 6-9, grades K-3)
Coursework information: Courses for the program are available online, with a required 3-week on-site training at an approved Montessori facility. Students must have access to a Montessori School for some courses for hands-on activities.
A practicum is required and must be completed at a Montessori-approved school or through a self-directed practicum experience at a school approved by the program administrators. To determine if a school in your area is an approved location for the practicum course, please contact the program coordinator.
Note: This program does not lead to the initial teacher certification needed to begin teaching in a public school in the state of Nebraska. Students pursuing certification in other states should check with their state Department of Education for certification requirements.
The University of Nebraska at Kearney is currently pursuing accreditation as an Applicant in Good Standing with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
More about the Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed Program:
The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum. The program requires four core courses covering areas of research, democracy, diversity and technology in accordance with the College of Education at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed program offers the following specializations:
- Early Childhood Education
- Elementary Education
- English as a Second Language
- Instructional Effectiveness
- Montessori Early Childhood
- Montessori - Elementary I
- Reading/Special Education
- School Librarian
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
- Secondary Education
- Transitional Certification
Career Outlook: Curriculum specialists support teachers by providing foundation materials for courses and giving constructive feedback on how teachers are implementing those materials. Sometimes they are called instructional coordinators.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 11% between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. As states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data, schools may increasingly turn to instructional coordinators to develop better curriculums and improve teachers' effectiveness.
Admissions and Requirements
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
A Bachelor's degree
2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all previous schools
A professional biography
A license/certificate required. Standard teaching certificate
To apply to this program:
- Complete and submit the online application for admissions
- Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
Courses You’ll Take
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
|TEMO 831||Montessori Early Childhood Core Applications I||3|
The primary goal of this course is to prepare the student to develop, refine and implement the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of practical life, math, and sensorial development at the Early Childhood level. Students will also refine their ability to observe, record and analyze a child's physical, motor, social-emotional and cognitive development for the child from 2.5 to 6 years of age and address the needs of the exceptional child in the Montessori classroom. Prerequisite: TEMO 811P and TEMO 812P. Corequisite: TEMO 832.
|TEMO 813P||Montessori Early Childhood - Language and Grammar||3|
This course is designed to prepare the student to identify and present materials aiding in the development of language arts skills for the child in a Montessori early childhood classroom. The primary goal of this course is to prepare the student with the Montessori language curriculum materials, their rationale and sequence in the classroom; and for the student to develop, refine and implement the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of language development at the Early Childhood level. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P and TEMO 811P.
|TEMO 803P||Montessori - Philosophy and Child Development||3|
Students will study the basic theories, stages and areas of child development according to the major contemporaries. Students will become knowledgeable about the complex interaction between heredity and environmental factors (including school, home and neighborhoods). An introduction to the philosophical ideas (i.e., absorbent mind, sensitive periods, social-mathematical mind, spiritual and moral development) of Dr. Maria Montessori as they relate to the child, material, teacher and environment are presented. A background of the history of the Montessori Method, comparing and contrasting with alternate educational approaches is studied. An overview of the Early Childhood curriculum as the foundation of understanding for the previous and following levels of Montessori's curriculum, pedagogy and methodology are presented.
|TEMO 832||Montessori Early Childhood Core Applications II||3|
Students will develop, refine and implement the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the areas of language, science, social studies at the Early Childhood level. Students will also be prepared to design, lead, and prepare art, music, and movement within the Montessori classroom so children can express themselves through these modalities. Students will also become knowledgeable in designing and implementing effective communication and collaboration with Montessori families. Students will be introduced to Montessori's peace philosophy and guided activities that can be implemented into the Montessori classroom, and will develop leadership skills needed for effective advocacy and direction in the Montessori environment. Prerequisite: TEMO 811P and TEMO 813P. Corequisite: TEMO 831
|TE 805P or TE 886P||Overview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers||3|
TE 805P: This course examines the applications of assistive technology for individuals with disabilities as it relates to teaching and learning. Existing research with students with special needs will be reviewed and new applications of existing and developing technology will be explored. TE 886P: This course will focus on using technologies in an instructional environment with an emphasis on ethical, human, legal and social issues, methods and skills appropriate to planning and designing learning environments, and instructional management methodologies using appropriate materials, methods, resources and curricula for integrating technology.
|TEMO 811P||Montessori Early Childhood - Practical Life||3|
This course is designed to prepare the student to present and facilitate the role of concentration, coordination, independence as they relate to problem-solving, choice, decision-making, and responsibility for learning on the part of the child in a Montessori early childhood classroom. The primary goal of this course is to prepare the student with the Montessori practical life curriculum materials, their rationale and sequence in the classroom; and for the student to develop, refine and implement the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of practical life development at the Early Childhood level. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P.
|TE 800||Education Research||3|
This introductory web-based course in educational research focuses on evaluating and interpreting educational research and applying its findings to educational practice. The course will provide opportunities for students to (a) define and differentiate between and among basic, applied, and action research and explain how each contributes to practice; (b) conduct and interpret preliminary, primary, and secondary sources of research in both online and hard copy formats; (c) compare and contrast various research designs, and (d) analyze qualitative and quantitative research methodology. This will include the use of statistical techniques and conditions to describe educational phenomena and to determine the validity and reliability of research methods, case studies, critical-theory, historical, and ethnographical methodology.
|TE 804||Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education||3|
Students learn to evaluate, create, and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations, and school policies.
|TE 803||Philosophy of Education||3|
Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.
|TEMO 833||Montessori Practicum||3|
The function of the practicum phase is to provide for the student a supervised teaching/learning experience for children 2.5 to 6 years of age and a period of observation, internalization, and further study, to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori early childhood education. Prerequisite: TEMO 831 and TEMO 832.
|TEMO 812P||Montessori Early Childhood - Math and Sensorial||3|
This course is designed to prepare the student to identify and present materials aiding the education and refinement of the senses and to present and facilitate the Montessori Math and Sensorial philosophy for the child from 2.5 to 6 years, use of the Montessori didactic Math and Sensorial materials, and the sequential order of the Montessori curriculum as part of the environmental design for a Montessori early childhood classroom. The primary goal of this course is to prepare the student with the Montessori Math and Sensorial curriculum materials, their rationale and sequence in the classroom; and for the student to develop, refine and implement the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the areas of mathematical and sensorial development at the Early Childhood level. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P and TEMO 811P.
Tuition & Fees
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
3 Credit Hours
- Spring SemesterNov 11
- Fall SemesterJul 11
- Summer SessionApr 11