Loyola University Maryland's Center for Montessori Education

M.Ed. in Montessori (Post-Diploma)

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Become a leader in Montessori with Loyola's Center for Montessori Education's Post-Diploma pathway . This program track leads to a 36-credit M.Ed. in Montessori Education. It can be completed fully online and is intended for teachers who already hold a MACTE-accredited training diploma.

This unique program allows experienced Montessorians to grow their experience beyond the initial training, enhance their career trajectories, and explore the fundamentals of action research. Applicants from all over the world are welcome!

Program Format

Coursework can be completed in as little as one year starting with our intensive summer session, which is offered both online or at Loyola's Evergreen campus in Baltimore, MD. The remaining courses are taken 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 in one year. Those starting in Fall or Spring will need two years to complete the program. Please see the below examples for reference:

Full-Time Sequence
Courses in Educational Research, Special Education, and the Adolescent plane.
(9 credits)
In addition to courses in the Infant and Primary planes, students 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)
In addition to coursework in the Elementary plane, students continue and complete their action research practicum project by May. 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)

Summer (complete by mid-to-late June)
Capstone Course
(3 credits)

Application Deadlines

Admission deadlines for the program are as follows:

Start Term

Application Deadline


Priority Consideration: March 1*
with rolling admission through May 15.*

 Fall August 15*
 Spring December 15*

*International students should plan to have documents in a month earlier than the deadline, because it can take a prolonged period of time for transcript evaluations and language proficiency scores to be processed and results sent to Loyola. If you are an international student applying after the priority deadline, please contact Graduate Admissions at mjpalmer@loyola.edu or 410-617-7741.

Note that all application requirements must be submitted by the above deadline for the given term. Click the link below to start your application. When applying, choose "MEd, Montessori Evergreen" as your Degree of Interest.

Start Your Application

International Students

International students must submit additional application materials. Visit the International Student Admission website for required documentation. All admission documents including immigration and visa materials must be received by May 1 in order to begin the fully-online program in Summer 2021.

*International students are eligible for the merit-based awards, but must submit by the scholarship application deadline of April 1. 

Applicants planning to attend the Summer courses on campus in Baltimore should contact Graduate Admissions at 410-617-7741. Application deadlines are earlier for international applicants in order to allow enough time to process and issue an I-20 from Loyola University Maryland.

Admission Requirements

The program will enroll Montessori diploma holders with a Bachelor's degree. Candidates whose training is more than 10 years old will need to demonstrate currency in their field in order to be selected for admission.

Other application requirements

  • Application- grad.loyola.edu/apply
  • Three (3) professional/academic letters of recommendation  
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Copy of Montessori Training Diploma (MACTE or equivalent)
  • Personal essay 
  • Non-refundable $60 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. All foreign transcripts must be translated and evaluated by an approved international academic record evaluation service. Visit the International Academic Records page for a list of approved services.   
  • Official English language examination scores are required for applicants who have not earned (or will not be earning) a bachelor's or higher degree from a college or university where English is the sole language of instruction. For additional details and a list of accepted English language exams, visit the English Language Examination Requirements page.
  • International Student Supplemental Form

Tuition and Financial Aid

See the tuition and fees* for this 36-credit program. Tuition is due within 10 days of registration for each term the student is enrolled.

*pending approval from Loyola's Board of Trustees

The office of financial aid administers several types of financial assistance for graduate students. Loan assistance is available through the federal government and private lenders. Assistantships are available through several academic and administrative departments. Additionally, individual departments offer a limited number of fellowships, scholarships and grants to assist students with their education expenses.

Visit the Financial Aid website

For more information, contact Montessori@loyola.edu.


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Accessibility Accommodations

If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at graduate@loyola.edu or 410-617-5020.