The Master of Science in Education in Montessori Early Childhood Education program focuses on preparing professional teachers to understand the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Through the Montessori Early Childhood Education program, students complete all requirements for the American Montessori Society (AMS) and the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) early childhood (ages 2.5-6) teacher certification and for (081) birth-5 teacher certification with the Maine Department of Education. The coursework also allows students who complete an internship in grades kindergarten through grade 3 eligible to apply for (029) Early Elementary Endorsement K-3.
The program is offered in collaboration with the Maine Montessori Institute located at Winfield Children’s House in Falmouth, Maine. Winfield Children’s House is an AMS accredited early childhood program serving children ages 12 months-age 6. The Maine Montessori Institute is a full affiliate training site of the American Montessori Society and is a MACTE accredited teacher training center. Students learn the practice of teaching through a year-long internship and explore the theoretical and research-based principles of the Montessori method and materials design by Dr. Maria Montessori.