Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Montessori - Early Childhood)

Master of Arts in Education

University of Nebraska at Kearney

  • Course Delivery
    Fully Online
  • Total Credits
    36
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
    $302.00
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit
    $425.00

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The online Master of Arts in Education in Curriculum and Instruction with concentration in Montessori - Early Childhood degree is designed for those interested in teaching via the Montessori Method.

Students gain a foundational knowledge of a concept coined by Dr. Maria Montessori, which incorporates learning methods structured around a child's mind, body and soul. 

The Montessori Method is a child-centered educational approach that focuses on teaching the whole child including social, emotional and physical development in addition to cognitive development. This method of instruction prepares you to facilitate in nurturing student development, which sets a strong foundation for learning and growth.

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 mostly online, with a required 3-week on-site training at an approved Montessori facility in Omaha or Kearney, Nebraska.

A practicum is required and most 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 initial teacher certification needed to begin teaching in 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 & Instruction, MA Ed:

The Curriculum and Instruction, MA Ed is designed to provide educators with an opportunity to:

  • Improve classroom teaching by gaining knowledge and skill in the design, development and evaluation of school curriculum 
  • Gain greater expertise in a chosen instructional specialization or endorsement area 
  • Advance your professional growth 

To learn more about the various concentrations offered in this program, please visit the following web pages:

  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Instructional Effectiveness) 
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (English as a Second Language) 
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Elementary Education) 
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Early Childhood Education) 
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Montessori - Elementary I)
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)) 
  • Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Reading/Special Education) 

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that enables maximum learning and because technology provides students with maximum access to education.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

    Bachelor's degree in education

  2. 2.75 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  4. A professional biography

  5. A license/certificate required. Standard teaching certificate

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states

To apply to this program:

  • Complete and submit the online application for admissions  
  • Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee

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Application Deadlines

Spring Semester
October 15
Fall Semester
June 15
Summer Session
March 15

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
TE 800Education Research3

Course Number: TE 800

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 803Philosophy of Education3

Course Number: TE 803

Survey of the philosophical foundations of western culture and their relation to the development of earlier and contemporary educational philosophies.

TE 804Curriculum Development in Multicultural Education3

Course Number: TE 804

Students learn to evaluate, create and implement multicultural lesson plans, unit plans, textbooks, curriculum guides, classroom rules and regulations and school policies. In addition, students study diverse learning and teaching styles as well as explore the meaning and the reality of creating an environment that is conducive to and supportive of infused multicultural education.

TE 805P or TE 886POverview of Assistive Technology or Technology Tools for Teachers3

Course Number: TE 805P or TE 886P

Descriptions vary.

TEMO 803PMontessori - Philosophy and Child Development3

Course Number: TEMO 803P

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 811PMontessori Early Childhood - Practical Life3

Course Number: TEMO 811P

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.

TEMO 812PMontessori Early Childhood - Math and Sensorial3

Course Number: TEMO 812P

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.

TEMO 813PMontessori Early Childhood - Language and Grammar3

Course Number: TEMO 813P

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 831Montessori Early Childhood Core Applications I3

Course Number: TEMO 831

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 832Montessori Early Childhood Core Applications II3

Course Number: TEMO 832

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

TEMO 833Montessori Practicum3

Course Number: TEMO 833

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.

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
One elective of choice3

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Cost for Nebraska Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $302.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $354.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $906.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1062.75

Cost for Out of State Residents

  • Per Credit Hour

  • Tuition: $425.00
  • Fees: $52.25
  • Total: $477.25
  • 3 Credit Hours

  • Tuition: $1275.00
  • Fees: $156.75
  • Total: $1431.75

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