The Center for Montessori Education

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Montessori Training Credential Options

The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is proud to offer options of one-year Early Childhood and Elementary I training programs in Montessori education. There is an option to earn a Master of Education in Montessori Early Childhood Education by completing the Montessori training coursework plus one additional Trine Online course.

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

  • Hands-on experience in a newly equipped Montessori classroom
  • First of its kind partnership with Shelton School to provide MACAR training
  • A close 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: Engaging summer coursework and then classroom experience

The program consists 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 or Elementary I education, including child development and the use of Montessori hands-on materials for learning.

High Quality Training. Unmatched Partnerships.

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Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, teacher candidates will receive specialized instruction in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR). This highly respected program is 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 qualifications 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: Qualification 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) or Elementary I (6-9) classroom
  • Earn qualifications to teach in Early Childhood or Elementary I
  • Receive a certificate of completion for a segment of the 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

Earn qualifications to teach in Early Childhood or Elementary I 

  • Requirement: Teachers must already have bachelor's degree


For more information contact:

Laurie Stockton-Moreno
Director of The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University
(260) 665-4565
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.
The 2022-2023 program overview will be available soon. This overview details the application and enrollment process, specifics of our innovative academic program, fee structure, academic credit options, and accreditation status.
The academic phase for the early childhood and Elementary I cohorts begins in June of 2022 with a half-day orientation. Classes run through June and July. You will then participate in a nine-month practicum in a Montessori classroom, two 3-day weekend seminars in the spring of 2023, and weekly class meetings throughout the practicum to provide guidance, support, and additional academic content.
Training will be held in the newly remodeled Montessori classroom at Trine University, located in Angola, Indiana. Some portions of the program will be via remote learning.
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 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: $411

MACAR materials fee: $250

Albums Fee: $350 for Early Childhood and $760 for Elementary I

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

Tuition, toward undergraduate credit + Montessori credential: $430/credit hour

Tuition, toward graduate credit + Montessori credential: $525/credit hour

On-Campus Housing: $900 for the summer academic phase. (Rates subject to change, please inquire with the Montessori program director for most up to date information.)

Convenient payment plans will be available.

Tuition rates may be subject to modest annual increases. Additional fees may apply for certain circumstances on an individual basis. Please check with the Trine University business office for most up to date rates.

  • Montessori Philosophy/Theory
  • 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
  • Montessori Elementary I Mathematics Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Geometry Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Language Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Geography Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I History Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Biology Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Physical Science Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Curriculum Design 
  • Montessori Elementary I Classroom Leadership  
  • Montessori Elementary I Philosophy Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Child Development Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Practical Life Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Movement & Physical Education Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Art Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Music Curriculum 
  • Montessori Elementary I Practicum Teaching I & II 
  • Montessori Elementary I Practicum Seminars I & II 
  • Montessori Elementary I Year Long Project 

The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is an applicant for accreditation with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education.  The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University applicant for accreditation status in no way determines the outcome of the accreditation decision by MACTE. More information can be found at:

CMETU adheres to the highest of standards and requirements, although that in no way suggests affiliation or accreditation at this time.