Early Childhood Education

Seton Montessori Institute’s Early Childhood course prepares self-aware adults as Montessori educators for children who are in what Montessori termed the first plane of development, the period of the Absorbent Mind. The program is faithful to Montessori’s global vision and design while cultivating a spirit of scientific inquiry. Our mission is the formation of Montessori educators who will inspire and guide children in their total development as citizens for tomorrow’s world.  In keeping with Maria Montessori’s commitment to scientific observation as the foundation of the educational process, Seton relies on observation and experimentation within its lab school program as an important source for adult learning and reflection.

The course prepares adult educators for work with children from the age of two-and-a-half through six. Each course cycle requires a minimum of twelve months to complete. Candidates are allowed up to three years to complete all course requirements for each course level undertaken.


Application and Interview Process

Submit a complete application. This includes:

  • Completed admission application with $500 application fee
  • Official transcript (or evaluation report for foreign educational credential) in the sealed issuing envelope
  • Three references (can be emailed to Institute@SetonMontessori.org)
  • For non-native English speakers you must have a solid command of the English language (equivalent of a TOEFL Score of 72 or higher)

Upon review, the Academic Director will contact candidate to schedule an interview.

Educational Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree is strongly preferred. Candidates should check with their state and school officials to verify requirements for lead teachers. For complete information on qualifications and credentials see the current student catalog.

Application Deadlines

Spring Cohort: March 1, 2016; Summer Cohort: May 2, 2016

Note: A $200 late enrollment fee will apply to all applications processed after the published deadline.

Academics (Class sessions are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm)

Orientation Seminar and Independent Study Assignments

Your day long Orientation Seminar is scheduled once you have completed your interview and been accepted. Orientation Seminars are offered monthly (September through May) and introduce the student to a six-week sequence of independent study assignments designed to lay a foundation for academics. Orientation must take place prior to beginning attendance of academics (Spring or Summer).

Spring 2016 Cohort Dates Summer 2016 Cohort Dates
April 15, 16, 17

April 22, 23, 24

May 5, 6, 7 (Th, Fr, Sat)

May 12, 13, 14, 15 (Th-Sat)

May 18, 19, 20, 21 (Th-Sat)

July 13, 14, 15 (W-F)

July 18, 19, 20, 21, 22 (M-F)

June 14 – July 22, 2016 (Monday – Friday; Holiday: July 4th)


Continued Academic Seminars (during Practicum for both Spring and Summer Cohorts)
October 7 – 12, 2016

November 11 – 14, 2016

March 31 – April 3, 2017
Post Graduate Seminar: November 11-12, 2017 (Course requirements must be completed by July 31, 2018).


Prerequisite to Practicum Completion

Introduction to Childhood Development (ICD) Course

Students must complete a college-level child development course (evidenced through transcript) or attend the six-week online ICD course offered by Seton. Montessori educators rely on a strong foundation of child development guided by observation to support the children they serve.

Cost: $350.



A standard student teaching practicum consists of a minimum of nine consecutive months and 540 classroom hours working under a supervising teacher at a Montessori school selected by the student teacher and approved by the course director. The environment needs to provide a full complement of appropriate Montessori materials and serve the age range of the certification. Practicum may not precede completion of prescribed academics.

A self-directed practicum requires a commitment of two school years and an approved program of support. There is an additional $1,000 fee for self-directed practicums.

Early Childhood Course: $6,931

$6,400 Tuition Fee plus $531Certification/Membership Fees (Academic credit fee: $150;

MACTE Fee: $161; AMS Adult Learner Fee: $220)

Payment Schedule

Application Payment: $500

Initial Payment: $2,531 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar). If ICD Course is required payment due is $2,881.

Balance of Tuition:
Plan 1 One payment of $3,900 due on June 1, 2016
Plan 2 Two installments of $1,950 due on June 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016
Plan 3 ($50 finance fee included) Four installments of $987.50 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2016) and March 1 (2017)
Plan 4 ($100 finance fee included) Ten installments of $400 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017

Refund Policy

If an applicant is not accepted, the $500 application payment is refunded. If an applicant withdraws before the Orientation Seminar, $400 will be refunded. A letter of withdrawal must be submitted by the student in order to receive a refund. See full refund policy in the Early Childhood Catalog.



  1. Tuition payments received more than five business days after the payment plan due date, will result in a $25 late payment fee. Checks returned for any reason will result in a $25 returned check fee.
  2. Practicum Visits (in the continental United States to sites over 150 miles from Seton Montessori Institute) require a travel expense fee of $250 per visit for the first and third visits. This is non-refundable and due prior to the visit.
  3. Checks or money orders are accepted for all payments. Cash is not accepted.
  4. Visa or MasterCard® (presented in person during business hours) are accepted for Initial Payment, Plan 1 or Plan 2 options only.
  5. $350 ICD Course fee will be charged if a transcript is not available at time of provisional acceptance; the payment will be refunded after verification.


Those student’s completing the course of study will receive an AMS credential. Those with bachelor degrees, or their equivalent, will receive an AMS credential in Early Childhood Education. Those who do not have a bachelors degree, or its equivalent, will receive an AMS Associates Credential.

Students are eligible to receive undergraduate for their work through Elgin Community College, Elgin, IL. For information on graduate credit please request information from the Registrar.

For more details email our Registrar, Rachel at Rachel@SetonMontessori.org. She will be pleased to answer any questions concerning our programs or the admissions process.

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