Elementary Education

Seton Montessori Institute’s Elementary course prepares self-aware adults as Montessori educators for children in their second plane of development or the elementary years.  The program is faithful to Dr. 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 ages six through twelve. The course cycle requires a minimum of eighteen months to complete, and candidates are allowed up to four years to complete all course requirements.

Application and Interview Process

A complete application includes:

  • A completed application form
  • Application fee of $500.
  • Official transcript in sealed issuing envelope
  • Three references
  • For international transcripts, an official evaluation report for foreign educational credential
  • For non-native English speakers you must have a solid command of the English language (equivalent of a TOEFL Score of 72 or higher)

Application Deadlines

Spring: March 1, 2017; Summer: May 1, 2017.

Elementary II only: June 1, 2017 (Prerequisite for admission is MACTE accredited Elementary I credential)

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree and Montessori Early Childhood Credential or completion of prerequisite Overview of Early Childhood Course.

Prerequisite

Seton’s Overview of Early Childhood Course – Applicants without a Montessori Early Childhood credential must complete a nine-day Early Childhood Overview Course as part of the orientation preparation. Cost: $750 

Spring 2017 Overview Option Summer 2017 Overview Option
April 21, 22, 23

April 28, 29, 30

May 5, 6, 7

June 13 – 16 and June 19 – 23

All classes meet from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Academics 2017 (Class sessions are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, plus Thursday evenings 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Orientation Seminar – Introduces a preparatory independent study period with assignments that lay a foundation for successful course completion
Summer A: June 26 – August 4, 2017
Practicum Seminars: September 29 – October 2, 2017 and March 16 – 19, 2018
Summer B: June 18 – June 29, 2018 (Concludes academics for Elementary I)
Summer C: July 5 – July 27, 2018 (Begins academics for Elementary II)
Final Academic Seminar: November 8 – 13, 2018 (Concludes academics for Elementary I-II)

Prerequisite to Practicum Completion

Seton’s Introduction to Child 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

Practicum

  • May be completed at Elementary I or Elementary II level
  • Minimum of 1080 hours of in-class experience
  • Spans minimum of 9 to 13 months
  • Practicum Site and Plan of Supervision and Support must be pre-approved with Self-Directed Practicums, which require a two year commitment and an additional fee of $1,000.
  • Practicum may not precede completion of prescribed academics

Elementary I-II Course Tuition Information (Ages 6-9 and 9-12 combined)

$10,250 Tuition plus $386 Certification/Membership Fees (MACTE Fee: $161; AMS Adult Learner Fee: $225). Additional fees for Introduction to Childhood Development course, Overview of Early Childhood Course and a Self-Directed Rracticum will be billed as necessary.

Payment Schedule:                                       
Application Payment $500 (due with application submission)
Initial Payment $2,386 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar)
Balance of Tuition (choose one plan):
Plan 1 One payment of $7,750 due on June 1, 2017
Plan 2 Two installments of $3,875 due on June 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017
Plan 3

($50 finance fee included)

Five installments of $1,560 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2017), March 1 and June 1 (2018)
Plan 4

($100 finance fee included)

Fifteen installments of $523.33 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2017 through August 1, 2018

Elementary I Course Tuition Information (Ages 6-9)

$7,150 Tuition plus $386 Certification/Membership Fees (MACTE Fee: $161; AMS Adult Learner Fee: $225). Additional fees for Introduction to Childhood Development course and a Self-Directed Practicum will be billed as necessary.

Payment Schedule:                                       
Application Payment $500 (due with application submission)
Initial Payment $2,386 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar)
Balance of Tuition (choose one plan):
Plan 1 One payment of $4,650 due on June 1, 2017
Plan 2 Two installments of $2,325 due on June 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018
Plan 3

($50 finance fee included)

Five installments of $940 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2017), March 1 and June 1 (2018)
Plan 4

($100 finance fee included)

Ten installments of $475 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2017 through March 1, 2018

 Elementary II Course Tuition Information (Ages 9-12) – (Prerequisite for admission is MACTE accredited Elementary I credential)

$4,750 Tuition plus $386 Certification/Membership Fees (MACTE Fee: $161; AMS Adult Learner Fee: $225).

Payment Schedule:                                       
Application Payment $500 (due with application submission)
Initial Payment $2,386 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar)
Balance of Tuition (choose one plan):
Plan 1 One payment of $2,250 due on June 1, 2017
Plan 2 Two installments of $1,125 due on June 1, 2017 and December 1, 2017
Plan 3

($50 finance fee included)

Five installments of $460 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2017), March 1 and June 1 (2018)
Plan 4

($100 finance fee included)

Ten installments of $235 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2017 through March 1, 2018

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 Elementary Catalog.

Notes:

  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 and credit cards are not accepted.

 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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