Early Childhood Education

Seton Montessori Institute offers a personalized, adult-oriented program leading to an Early Childhood (2 1/2 to 6) credential from the American Montessori Society. Completion of program Phases I through V is required prior to certification. These phases are:

*Pre-requisite for all applicants without a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or Elementary Education is completion of the online “Introduction to Child Development.”

** Pre-requisite for Elementary applicant without a MACTE Montessori Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood credential must take an Overview of Early Childhood Course.


Phase I: Submit a complete application. The academic director will contact the applicant for an in-depth personal interview.

Phase II: A small-group orientation that introduces preparatory assignment work

Phase III: Beginning academics offered twice annually in a weekend format in the Spring and a weekday format during the Summer

Phase IV: A minimum nine-month supervised practicum (begun only after completing beginning academics)

Phase V: A sequence of continuing academic seminars that give support during what is typically the practicum year

Phase VI: A postgraduate seminar that encourages students to begin the habit of participating in regular continuing education.

The course requires a minimum of a year to complete, and students are allowed up to three years to complete all requirements. The academic component of the program includes sessions in all areas of Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, Montessori didactic materials for ages 2 1/2 to 6, child development, observation and recording, classroom management, family and community relations, and school administration. Students are assisted by our Practicum Coordinator, Elizabeth Norman, in establishing a practicum arrangement at an approved school, during which the student receives supervision by Seton Montessori Institute field visitors. The practicum spans nine consecutive months and consists of a minimum of 540 hours.

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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