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The Center for Montessori Education

The Early Childhood Credential Program

The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is proud to offer a one-year early childhood credential program in Montessori education, starting summer 2021, and an option to earn a Master's degree in Montessori Education, pending 2021 approval by the Higher Learning Commission.

Our summer 2021 Montessori Early Childhood program offers participants national standards-aligned training that includes:

  • Hands-on experience in a newly equipped Montessori classroom
  • MACAR training through our innovative partnership with Shelton School
  • A partnership with Oak Farm Montessori School
  • An option to earn undergraduate credit
  • An option to earn a Master's degree in Montessori Education

The Experience: Summer coursework followed by classroom experience

The program consists of eight weeks of full-time summer coursework  and a nine-month clinical practicum in a Montessori classroom under the guidance of an experienced Montessori guide, with supporting guidance and additional academic content from Trine. Teacher candidates will be instructed in all academic and theoretical aspects of Montessori early childhood education, including child development and the use of Montessori hands-on materials for learning.

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In addition, teacher candidates will receive specialized instruction in “Montessori Applied to Children at Risk” (MACAR), taught by experienced professionals at Shelton School, a world-renowned Montessori inclusion school and training center. This portion will help candidates understand special needs of children who are at risk, or diagnosed with learning differences and other exceptionalities, preparing the teacher candidate to address mild academic needs in the Montessori classroom context.

Teacher candidates then have the option to complete the MACAR program at a later date and earn additional credentials in inclusion and learning differences. Furthermore, teacher candidates will receive a six-hour Positive Discipline workshop taught by a certified Positive Discipline coach.

Our Partnership with Oak Farm

Oak Farm Montessori School in Avilla, Indiana, is partnering with Trine University to provide access to a world-class Montessori environment, practicum opportunities, faculty members, and expertise. We are so fortunate to have this amazing partnership with a school in our area that demonstrates everything that Dr. Montessori dreamed of for children. Their facilities are of the highest quality, their faculty and staff are exceptional, and the relationship between Oak Farm and Trine University is one of the features that truly distinguishes The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University.

Advance Your Career:
Earn Undergraduate Credit or a Master's Degree in Montessori Education

The Result: Certification to teach In a Montessori classroom

Child with a bugUpon successful completion of the one-year program, students will be able to:

  • Serve as a lead teacher in a Montessori early childhood (2 ½-6 years) classroom
  • Receive an early childhood credential
  • Receive a certificate of completion for 40 hours of MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk) training. This program is a portion of a course taught by Shelton School
  • Implement Positive Discipline in the classroom

They also may elect to:

  • Complete additional requirements to earn a Bachelor or Master of Education degree from Trine University
  • Earn undergraduate or graduate credit


For more information contact:

Laurie Stockton-Moreno
Director of Montessori Teacher Education
Franks School of Education
Trine University
1 University Avenue
Angola, Indiana

Dr. Anthony Kline
Dean, Franks School of Education
Franks School of Education
Trine University
1 University Avenue
Angola, Indiana


Additional Information

The mission of The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is to advance equitable access to Montessori teacher preparation that elevates the child to the center of learning and the prepared environment to the center of engagement.

This program overview details the application and enrollment process, specifics of our innovative academic program, fee structure, academic credit options, and accreditation status.

The academic phase of the program will begin June 5, 2021, with a half-day orientation. Classes begin June 7th and run through July 30, 2021. There will be two 3-day weekend seminars in the spring of 2022, following the academic phase, as well as a weekly class meeting (fall and spring) to provide guidance, support and additional academic content during the practicum phase.

Training will be held in the newly remodeled Montessori classroom at Trine University, located in Angola, Indiana.

Instructors are a combination of Trine faculty, area Montessori experienced professionals representing both public and private Montessori entities, as well as nationally recognized Montessori education experts.

Affordable summer housing and meal plans will be made available to students who may be commuting from a distance. The costs of the program are outlined below:

Application Fee: $100

Montessori /MACTE fee: $406

MACAR materials fee: $250

Albums Fee: $317

Tuition, non-credit toward the Montessori credential only: $6,700

Tuition, toward undergraduate credit + Montessori credential: Announced January 2021

Tuition, toward graduate credit + Montessori credential: Announced January 2021

On-Campus Housing: $10 per night

Convenient payment plans will be available.

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  • Montessori Practical Life/Everyday Living Curriculum
  • Montessori Sensorial Curriculum
  • Montessori Language Curriculum
  • Montessori Math Curriculum
  • Montessori Child Development/Psychology
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practicum Seminar I
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practicum Seminar II
  • Montessori Cultural Studies Curriculum
  • Montessori Art, Music, & Movement Curriculum
  • Montessori Classroom Leadership
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practicum Teaching I
  • Montessori Early Childhood Practicum Teaching II

The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is an applicant for accreditation with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education, which provides rigorous standards for effective preparation of Montessori teachers. Applicant for accreditation status in no way determines the outcome of the accreditation decision by MACTE. More information may be found at