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American Montessori Society: Early Childhood Certification

The Oklahoma City University Montessori Teacher Education program grants a Masters of Education Degree in Early Childhood Education and may lead to an American Montessori Certificate. The program has been affiliated by the American Montessori Society and accredited through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education since the early 1970s.

This program allows you to earn your M.Ed. and American Montessori Society certification in 13 months. The program begins at the end of May and may be completed by the following May.

The Montessori classroom is a prepared environment in which children’s inherent love of learning is encouraged by engaging them in purposeful and meaningful activities. Through their work, children develop concentration and self-discipline. Within this structured and orderly environment, children progress, each at his/her own pace, facilitated by a credentialed Montessori teacher.

Dr. Montessori’s observations of children led her to design multi-sensory, sequential and self-correcting materials. Learning through concrete, hands-on materials provides a firm foundation for later abstract thinking. Multi-age groupings are also a part of the prepared environment. A three-year age span in each class allows for learning to take place naturally. More experienced children share what they have learned while reinforcing their own learning.

The Montessori Method is based on a deep respect for children and a thorough understanding of child development. The primary goal of a Montessori education is to help each child reach his/her full potential in all areas of life.

For more information about the M.Ed. in Montessori, visit OCU's graduate admissions office online or call 800-633-7242 or 405-208-5050. Contact the director of the Montessori Teacher Education Program, Jennifer Bush, via email.