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The Oklahoma City University Montessori Teacher Certification Program provides coursework that matches the standards and requirements provided by the American Montessori Society, though we are not affiliated at this time. This program has previously been affiliated by the American Montessori Society and accredited through the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education beginning in the early 1970s. We are currently going through the re-accreditation process.

This program is a Continuing Education program that delves into the Montessori educational method over a two-year time period. The program begins in July with some summer coursework in addition to fall and spring classes.

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.

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Year One

SUMMER 1 (week-long intensives):
Montessori Philosophy I (2 modules)
Practical Life (8 modules)

FALL 1 (evening and weekend classes):
Montessori Philosophy II (6 modules)
Sensorial (8 modules)

SPRING 1 (evening and weekend classes):
Math (8 modules)
Child Development (8 modules)

Year Two

SUMMER 2 (week-long intensives):
Language (8 modules)
Cultural (4 modules)

FALL 2 (evening and weekend classes):
Project Planning, Material Making and Observational Skills I (8 modules)*
Seminar I (4 modules)*

SPRING 2 (evening and weekend classes):
Project Planning, Material Making and Observational Skills II (8 modules)*
Seminar II (4 modules)*

*must have passed all courses offered in Summer 1, Fall 1 and Spring 1 to attend*

for those students wishing to pursue an AMS Early Childhood Credential, they must complete all courses in addition to a ½ day internship, 5 days a week in a Montessori 3-6 classroom for 9.5 months

  • There is a one-time $20 non-refundable deposit required to hold your spot in a course. This will count as a portion of tuition for the first module of a course.
  • The cost per module is $75.
  • Cost to complete all requirements and be recommended for an AMS credential: $5,700 (does not include fees required by AMS and MACTE to be paid prior to the Internship).
  • Cost of manuals is included in the module fee.
  • Books and supplies to be purchased by the student, the total cost is not beyond $200.

Introduction to Montessori I

  1. Montessori’s View of the Child and the Prepared Environment
  2. Montessori Materials, Philosophy of Teaching, and Goals

Practical Life

  1. Care of the Person 1
  2. Care of the Person 2
  3. Care of Environment 1
  4. Care of Environment 2
  5. Care of the Environment 3
  6. Grace and Courtesy 1
  7. Grace and Courtesy 2
  8. Course Review and Assessment

Introduction to Montessori II

  1. The Prepared Environment
  2. Periods of Development
  3. Freedom/Normalization/Discipline

Introduction to Montessori III

  1. Montessori in the Classroom
  2. Social Emotional Perspectives
  3. Montessori and Constructivism


  1. Characteristics of the Pre-Operational Child
  2. Model Exercise Format
  3. Philosophy of Sensory Education
  4. Development of the Senses
  5. Practice with Montessori Materials
  6. Sensorial Exercises
  7. Sensorial Presentations
  8. Course Review and Assessment


  1. PreNumber: Logical Classification
  2. PreNumber: Logical Quantification
  3. Introducing 1-10
  4. Introducing Teens
  5. Linear Counting Beyond 10
  6. Using the Golden Beads: Decimal System
  7. Using the Golden Beads: Operations and Math Facts
  8. Course Review and Assessment

Child Development

  1. Infant and Toddler Development
  2. Child Development (3-6)
  3. Child Development Theorists
  4. Assessment of Young Children
  5. Case Study Development
  6. Assessment of the Environment
  7. Advocating for Young Children
  8. Case Study Conferences/Review


  1. Children’s Literature and Conducting Line Times
  2. Pre-Reading and Pre-Writing
  3. Theories of Language Development
  4. Primary Phonics Sequence
  5. Invented Spelling
  6. Writing Before Reading
  7. Classroom Management
  8. Course Review and Assessment


  1. Geography
  2. Science - Biological Science
  3. Science - Physical Science
  4. History

Project Planning, Material Making and Observational Skills I

  1. Beginning your Internship
  2. Introduction to Observation
  3. Bias and Observation
  4. Inclusivity and Holidays in the Classroom
  5. When Is It a True Choice? When Is It an Expectation?
  6. Preparing and Leading Parent/Teacher Conferences
  7. Note Taking Styles
  8. Course Review and Assessment

Seminar I

  1. Integrating Art in the Classroom
  2. Cultural Revisited
  3. Music
  4. Classroom Management Panel

Project Planning, Material Making and Observational Skills II

  1. Introducing Your Project in the Classroom
  2. Observational Styles: Running Record and Time Sample
  3. Observational Styles: Event Sample and Behavior Sample
  4. Recognizing Learning Differences and How to Address Them
  5. Preparing Children to Move Up or Move On
  6. Wrapping Up the Intern Project
  7. Preparing for the Summer Break
  8. Course Review and Assessment

Seminar II

  1. Classroom Management
  2. Revisiting Language
  3. Revisiting Math
  4. Peace Education

Register for our Montessori 2024 Cohort online using the form here.

Module registration and course fees are due by June. 1, 2024. No refunds given after this date. A minimum of six participants must register for program modules to meet. Questions about the Montessori Certificate can be directed to Jennifer Bush, Co-Director of OCU MTCP, [email protected] or Charlotte Wood-Wilson, Co-Director of OCU MTCP, [email protected]

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