About Montessori Education

Montessori teachers may now earn their Xavier Montessori master’s degree entirely online. Admitted students earn a Master of Education with a Montessori focus while working with Montessori and education faculty who teach in Xavier’s internationally renowned program.

Applicants who already have a MACTE-approved Montessori credential may be able to apply it toward 12 credit hours of the degree.

This program will not provide licensure in any state.

How it Works

Admitted students take a maximum of 33 credit hours over three semesters or 18 months. Students with a MACTE-approved credential can spread their coursework over 12 months. Classes are entirely online and vary in format, including live lectures. As part of an online learning community, students collaborate and share ideas, such as curriculum planning, assessment, classroom management, and making teaching materials. Students interact closely with their professors and each other, communicating with other learners from around the world. Professors hold weekly virtual office hours to maintain communication and an ongoing relationship with students.


Students take the following courses for a maximum of 33 credit hours. Students with a MACTE-approved credential may be able to apply it toward 12 hours of the degree.

EDFD 500 History and Philosophy of Education (3 Credit Hours)
The major philosophical, historical, and social influences affecting education in American society. Incorporates professional ethics and values for administrators.
EDFD 505 Organization of Education Systems (3)
Relationships of the federal, the state, and the local government to public and private education. Administrative functions as operable in the elementary, middle and secondary school. Multicultural implications.
EDFD 507 / 508 Education Research (2) / Paper (1)
Methodology of educational research. Statistics in research. Locating educational research. Co-requisites: EDFD 507/508
EDME 550 Methods of Observation of Children (3)
The student will learn to observe the normal development of children from ages 2 1/2 to twelve years of age.
EDME 551 Montessori: A Philosophical Approach (3)
This course allows students an in-depth study of Dr. Montessori’s pedagogical philosophy. Topics covered include: Montessori theory from infancy through adolescence, cosmic education, and spiritual education.
EDME 552 Montessori Curriculum Design and Teaching Strategies** (3)
Within this class setting is an opportunity for reflection on the day-to-day implementation of the Montessori philosophy; review, application, and enrichment of curriculum; feedback on classroom management techniques; design of integrated, sequenced Montessori curriculum, alignment with state and national academic content standards; and record keeping. Includes current educational research and trends in education.
EDME 557 Montessori Language Enrichment** (3)
Course designed to refine and enhance the Montessori teacher’s philosophical application of the methods and materials for the teaching of phonics, creative writing, integrated cross curricular lesson plans, incorporation of culturally diverse picture and chapter books, and incorporation of higher level questioning strategies (Bloom’s Taxonomy and Habits of Mind) into daily, developmentally appropriate practice. Lessons integrated with state and national academic content standards. Supplemental resources, assessments, and lesson plans created.
EDME 558 Montessori Math Enrichment** (3)
Math and Geometry Enrichment Course is designed for the Master of Education degree at Xavier University. Its goal is to provide the graduate student with the knowledge of helping children to engage in mathematics in the context of the real world. Montessori materials as the central strategy for teaching mathematics for deep conceptual understanding will be used. This course will provide students with an immersion in inquiry-based mathematics teaching and will incorporate science, history, art, and writing. It will address different strategies and modifications to support the development of students with a variety of needs and abilities.
EDME 559 Community & Advocacy in Education** (3)
Research supported theories and issues concerning developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood centers, birth to eight years of age. Topics include: Day Care Licensing, transitions, administration, use of community resources, children’s home experiences, child abuse, program planning, making adaptations for the special needs child, and parent involvement. Students will participate in field experiences in classrooms with children from births to eight years of age.
EDME 563 Early Cognitive Development (3)
This course introduces candidates to early childhood development. Content includes basic developmental theory as well as current research in development and the application of theory in developmentally appropriate classroom curriculum development and instruction.
EDSP 505 Methods in Early Childhood Special Education (3)
Students in this course address the historical and philosophical foundations of services for young children; impact of sensory impairments, physical and health disabilities on individuals, families and society. Research supported theories and issues concerning early childhood special education practices and method; identification of at risk needs awareness, IFSP and IEP procedures and issues; developmentally appropriate practices; biological and environmental learning and developmental factors; medical/health issues, responsibilities, training and implications for learning and prevention for educational settings. Articulation of personal philosophy of special education. CPR and First Aid Training and certification required. Required field experience in diverse settings – 10 hours.

** Credentialed Montessori teachers may apply up to 12 hours of their MACTE-approved credentials toward the following courses: EDME 552, 557, 558, 559 or other Xavier Montessori courses.