Curriculum & Instruction, MA Ed (Montessori - Elementary I)

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 degree with concentration in Montessori - Elementary I is designed for those interested in teaching via the Montessori Method to school-aged children. 

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 - Early Childhood)
  • 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

  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 admission
  • 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 886PTechnology Tools for Teachers or Overview of Assistive Technology3

Course Number: TE 805P or TE 886P

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 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 806PMontessori Elementary I - Physical Science/Biology3

Course Number: TEMO 806P

The primary goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the Montessori Physical Science/Biology methodology, rationale, scope and sequence of curriculum in the lower elementary classroom (ages 6-9 years). The student will develop, refine and demonstrate the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of lower elementary Montessori Physical Science/Biology. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P.

TEMO 807PMontessori Elementary I - History/Geography3

Course Number: TEMO 807P

The primary goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the Montessori Geography/History methodology, rationale, scope and sequence of curriculum in the lower elementary classroom (ages 6-9 years). The student will develop, refine and demonstrate the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of lower elementary Montessori Geography/History. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P.

TEMO 809P Montessori Elementary I - Language/Grammar3

Course Number: TEMO 809P

The primary goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the Montessori language/grammar methodology, rationale, scope and sequence of curriculum in the lower elementary classroom (ages 6-9 years). The student will develop, refine and demonstrate the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of lower elementary Montessori language/grammar. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P.

TEMO 810PMontessori Elementary I - Mathematics/Geometry3

Course Number: TEMO 810P

The primary goal of this course is to acquaint the student with the Montessori mathematics/geometry methodology, rationale, scope and sequence of curriculum in the lower elementary classroom (ages 6-9 years). The student will develop, refine and demonstrate the skills necessary to become an effective Montessori teacher in the area of lower elementary Montessori mathematics/geometry. Prerequisite: TEMO 803P.

TEMO 841Montessori Elementary I - Core Applications I3

Course Number: TEMO 841

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 areas of Biology/Physical Science, and Math/Geometry at the Elementary I level and develop appropriate curriculum for these areas. Students will also support the development of Practical Life skills. Students will further refine their ability to observe, record and analyze a child's physical, motor, social-emotional and cognitive development for the child from 6 to 9 years of age and address the needs of the exceptional child in the Montessori classroom. Prerequisite: TEMO 806P and TEMO 810P. Corequisite: TEMO 842.

TEMO 842Montessori Elementary I - Core Applications II3

Course Number: TEMO 842

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 History/Geography and Language and Grammar, at the Elementary I level and develop appropriate curriculum for these areas. Students will also be prepared to design, lead, and prepare art, music and movement within the Elementary Montessori classroom so children can express themselves through these modalities. 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 807P and TEMO 809P. Corequisite: TEMO 841.

TEMO 843Montessori Practicum: Elementary I3

Course Number: TEMO 843

The function of the practicum phase is to provide for the student a supervised teaching/learning experience for children 6 to 9 years of age and a period of observation, internalization and further study, to bring together the theory and practice of Montessori Elementary I education. Prerequisite: TEMO 841 and TEMO 842.

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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