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, TOEFL test score

Application Deadlines

Spring: March 2, 2015 or March 1, 2016; Summer: May 1, 2015 or May 2, 2016.

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s degree

Prerequisites

  1. Seton’s Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course* (see description)  -or-  a college-level Child Development course taken previously and evidenced through transcript.
  2. Seton’s Overview of Montessori Early Childhood Course** (see description) –or- a Montessori Infant-Toddler or Early Childhood teaching credential.
 Spring 2015 Overview Option  Summer 2015 Overview Option
 April 10, 11, 12, 2015April 17, 18, 19, 2015

April 24, 25, 26, 2015

 June 16 – 19 andJune 22 – 26, 2015 All classes meet from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
 Spring 2016 Overview Option  Summer 2016 Overview Option
 April 1, 2, 3, 2016April 8, 9, 10, 2016

April 15, 16, 17, 2016

 June 14 – 17 andJune 20 – 24, 2016 All classes meet from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

 

Academics 2016 (Class sessions are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Weekly Thursday Lab from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm)

  Orientation Seminar

  • Eligible to attend upon acceptance in the course
  • Offered regularly September – May
  • First required session of Academics
  • Lays foundation for course completion
  • Introduces a six-week independent study that follows
  Summer A (2016): June 27 – August 5, 2016
  Practicum Seminars: October 7 – 12, 2016 and March 24 – 27, 2017
  Summer B (2017): June 18 – July 1, 2017 (Concludes academics for Elementary I)
  Summer C (2017): July 5 – August 1, 2017
  Final Academic Seminar: November 10 – 13, 2017

 

Practicum

  • May be completed at Elementary I or Elementary II level
  • Minimum of 1080 hours of in-class experience
  • Spans 9 to 13 months at minimum
  • Practicum Site and Plan of Supervision and Support must be pre-approved
  • Practicum may not precede completion of prescribed academics

 

2016 Elementary I Course Tuition

Elementary I Course (Ages 6-9): $7,125

$6,750 Tuition Fee plus $375 Certification/Membership Fees (Estimated MACTE Fee: $165;

Estimated AMS Adult Learner Fee: $220)

Payment Schedule

Application Payment: $500

Initial Payment: $2,375 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar). If Introduction to Child Development Course is required payment due is $2,725.

Overview of Early Childhood Course Fee: $700 (due one week prior to attendance)

*Introduction to Childhood Development (ICD) Course

Montessori educators rely on a strong foundation of child development guided by observation to support the children they serve. Students must demonstrate prior completion of a child development course, or attend the six-week online ICD course offered by Seton.  Cost: $350.

**Overview of Montessori Early Childhood for the Elementary Course

Applicants without a Montessori Infant-Toddler or Early Childhood credential must complete a nine-day (45 hour) Early Childhood Overview Course as part of the orientation preparation. Cost: $700.

 Balance of Tuition:
 Plan 1  One payment of $4,250 due on June 1, 2016
 Plan 2  Two installments of $2,125 due on June 1, 2016 and March 1, 2017
 Plan 3 ($50 finance fee included)  Five installments of $860 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2016) and March 1 (2017)
 Plan 4 ($100 finance fee included)  Ten installments of $435 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2016 through March 1, 2017

 

2016 Elementary I – II Course Tuition

Elementary I-II Program (Ages 6-9 and 9-12 combined): $10,125

$9,750 Tuition Fee plus $375 Certification/Membership Fees (Estimated MACTE Fee: $160;

Estimated AMS Adult Learner Fee: $215)

Payment Schedule

Application Payment:  $500

Initial Payment: $2,711 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar). If Introduction to Child Development Course is required payment due is $3,061.

Overview of Early Childhood Course Fee: $700 (due one week prior to attendance)

*Introduction to Childhood Development (ICD) Course

Montessori educators rely on a strong foundation of child development guided by observation to support the children they serve. Students must demonstrate prior completion of a child development course, or attend the six-week online ICD course offered by Seton.  Cost: $350.

**Overview of Montessori Early Childhood for the Elementary Course

Applicants without a Montessori Infant-Toddler or Early Childhood credential must complete a nine-day (45 hour) Early Childhood Overview Course as part of the orientation preparation. Cost: $700.

Balance of Tuition:
Plan 1 One payment of $7,250 due on June 1, 2016
Plan 2 Two installments of $3,625 due on June 1, 2016 and December 1, 2016
Plan 3 ($50 finance fee included) Five installments of $1,460 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2016) and March 1 (2017)
Plan 4 ($100 finance fee included) Ten installments of $490 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2016 through August 1, 2017

 

2015 Elementary II Course Tuition

Prerequisite for Admission

Elementary I credential (from program accredited by MACTE)

Application Deadline: June 1, 2015.

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

Academics for Elementary II*

Elementary II (only) Summer: July 6 – 31, 2015   
Elementary II (only) Final Seminar: November 13 – 16, 2015

*Class sessions are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Weekly Thursday Lab from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Elementary II Course Tuition: $4,325

$3,950 Tuition Fee plus $375 Certification/Membership Fees (MACTE Fee: $160;

AMS Adult Learner Fee: $215)

Payment Schedule

Application Payment:  $500

Initial Payment: $2,375 (including Certification/Memberships fees $375 due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar)

 Balance of Tuition:
 Plan 1  One payment of $1,450 due on June 1, 2015
 Plan 2  Two installments of $725 due on June 1, 2015 and March 1, 2016
 Plan 3 ($50 finance fee included)  Five installments of $300 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2015) and March 1 (2016)
 Plan 4 ($100 finance fee included)  Ten installments of $155 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2015 through March 1, 2016

 

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. No refunds of the Application or Initial Payment will be made after Orientation Seminar has begun.

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 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.

 

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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