Evergreen Online M.Ed. in Montessori Education

Evergreen Online M.Ed. in Montessori Education

Advance your career and become a leader in Montessori Education with Loyola's fully online 36-credit M.Ed. in Montessori Education pathway. This program is intended for Montessori practitioners who wish to enhance their career trajectories and explore the fundamentals of action research. Applicants from all over the world are welcome!

Program Objectives

  • Re-conceptualize interpretations of Montessori theory and practice, experimenting with innovative, culturally relevant practices to promote strong outcomes for all students.
  • Effectively integrate transformative methods of educational leadership to empower your school and community.
  • Identify and address the needs of your school setting, using evidence-based systems and practices to engage stakeholders.
  • Find meaningful pathways to engage in school reform through collaboration and connections to promote educational change.

Program Overview

  • Illustration of a stack of books Credits: 36
  • Illustration of a calendar Class Duration: 8 weeks
  • Illustration of a computer with charts and graphs on the screen Delivery: 100% Online Instruction
  • Illustration of an analog clock Format: Full-time or Part-time
  • Illustration of a classical building with columns Next Admission Term: Summer 2023
  • Illustration of a graduation cap Time of Completion: 1-2 years

Scholarship and Grant Opportunity

A limited number of Merit-based Scholarship and Ignatius Grant* awards are typically available each new application cycle (beginning Summer). Updates will be posted by February-March 2023.

*Ignatius Grant recipients should be able to demonstrate (via their program application essay and/or application interview) a strong commitment to sustainable equitable practices in Montessori Education.

Program Format

Coursework can be completed in as little as one year for students who begin in the summer. All instruction is given online, with practicum action research conducted in a school local to you during the academic year. Students must begin in summer in order to complete the program full time in one year. Those starting in Fall or Spring will need two years to complete the program, with the action research project conducted in year two.

Full-Time Sequence
(9 credits)
Courses in Special Education, Inclusion Pedagogy, and Educational Research.
(12 credits)
Courses focused on the Infant and Primary planes (ages 0-6). Students also begin a year-long action research practicum project, conducting data collection in a school local to the student. Courses are split into two 8-week sessions over the course of the semester. Access to a school is required for the action research project.
(12 credits)
Coursework continues with 8-week sessions in the Elementary and Adolescent level. Students will continue their action research over the semester in a seminar/practicum format. Access to a school is required for the action research project.
Summer - complete by mid-to-late June
(3 credits)

Capstone Course - a culmination of the student's action research project.

Bringing about Change

Hear from Greyhounds
I have been so thankful for the M.Ed. in Montessori program during the last year. The program has connected me with Montessorians worldwide, and for that, I will forever be grateful. The online platforms have been easy to navigate, and I have found the work to be manageable while working full-time in our school. I have been able to continue to move forward in my personal growth when the rest of my life feels like we are standing still.
Kelley Flanders, M.Ed. '21, Head of School, Staunton Montessori
The biggest takeaway from my experience at Loyola University was being immersed with individuals who had completed their training at various age levels. Not only did Loyola open the doors to further my educational journey with a class focused on researching for a dissertation, but it also opened my eyes to furthering my career by getting trained with additional age levels. The class I am most thankful for has been the course on Special Needs, and am constantly implementing the skills, techniques and thought processes I learned during this course.
Lisa Parker, ’18 (M.Ed. Montessori Education - AMI Concurrent)
I was proud to be a part of the inaugural online M.Ed. program at Loyola University Maryland. I chose the program because it offered me a way to expand on my previous work in Montessori education while earning an advanced degree. The course work furthered my knowledge of educational research, refreshed my understanding of Montessori theory, and provided me with both practical and pedagogical know-how that assists me in my daily work with Montessori educators.
Nikki Torres, '19
[This program] has given me more experience and confidence in my practice as a professional. It gave me tools to do more research and to engage other professionals at a higher level of conversation. It also served as a networking base since I met so many bright and committed people.
Diana Goshorn, ’16 (M.Ed. Montessori Education - AMI concurrent)
I feel as though Montessori Education at Loyola University Maryland has given me all the tools I need to be a successful Montessori guide. The professors have been such a great influence on my education, and I could not ask for anything better!
Yue (Monica) Pang, M.Ed. candidate ‘22
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