Mission & History
Seton Montessori Institute is dedicated to serving the children of the world by preparing Montessori teachers and administrators, concentrating on infant and toddler education (birth to age three) and early childhood education (ages three to six). In Summer 2011 the Institute will expand to include the preparation of Montessori Elementary teachers (ages six to twelve). From its founding in 1970 as MECA-Seton by Celma Pinho Perry, Seton Montessori Institute’s student teachers have been introduced to the Seton Montessori Institute’s two Chicago-area lab schools, learning to observe, practicing teaching skills, and being absorbed in a whole education community.
Seton Montessori Institute is affiliated by American Montessori Society, the largest association of Montessori schools and teacher preparation courses in North America, and several programs are accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education. Seton Montessori Institute’s graduates have brought the outlook and skills learned at Seton to communities all over the USA and internationally. Its graduates have also brought the Seton approach to teacher education to the world, starting teacher preparation courses in places as remote as Chile, Slovenia, Brazil, France, Canada and Lithuania.