MSEd in Montessori Early Childhood Education
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 to apply for (029) Early Elementary Endorsement K-3.
The Master of Science in Education in Montessori Early Childhood Education is a 40 credit hour degree that focuses on preparing professional teachers to understand the theory and practice of teaching and learning. Through the program, students complete all requirements for American Montessori Society (AMS) and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) credential, Maine’s Department of Education early childhood (ages 2.5-6) teacher certification (081) and (029), and the Master of Science in Education.
This cohort based, full-time, one to two year program begins in the summer and continues through the following two academic semesters. Coursework located at Winfield Children's House is concurrent with an internship in a program approved Early Childhood Montessori or early elementary school. In addition to the courses offered through the Maine Montessori Institute, students in the program take two research courses, EDU 600: Research Methods and Techniques and EDU 643: Inquiry in Education (may also substitute: SED 699 Directed Study in Special Education, or EDU 667 Professional Educator Capstone), at USM.
Course Requirements (40 credits)
- ECE 510 Practical Applications of the Montessori Method for Students with Exceptionalities (3 crs)
- ECE 511 Classroom Leadership and Environmental Design in an Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (2 crs)
- ECE 512 Montessori Principles and Philosophy (3 crs)
- ECE 513 Child Development, Family and Community (3 crs)
- ECE 514 Practical Life in the Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (2 crs)
- ECE 515 Sensorial in the Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (2 crs)
- ECE 516 Early Childhood Assessment and Observation (3 crs)
- ECE 520 Language Arts in the Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (3 crs)
- ECE 521 Mathematics in the Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (3 crs)
- ECE 522 Cultural Subjects -Science in the Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (3 crs)
- ECE 523 Cultural Subjects - Social Studies in the Early Childhood Montessori Classroom (3 crs)
- ECE 525 Early Childhood Practicum (2 crs)
- ECE 526 Early Childhood Internship (2 crs)
- EDU 600 Research Methods and Techniques (3 crs)
- EDU 643 Inquiry in Education (3 crs)
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