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, 2016; Summer: May 2, 2016.

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 (45 hour) Early Childhood Overview Course as part of the orientation preparation.

 

Spring 2016 Overview Option Summer 2016 Overview Option
April 15, 16, 17

April 22, 23, 24

April 29, 30 and May 1

June 14 – 17 and June 20 – 24

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

Academics 2016 (Class sessions are 8:30 am – 5:00 pm, plus Thursday Evenings 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm)

Orientation Seminar – Introduces a six-week independent study period and lays a foundation for course completion
Summer A: June 27 – August 5, 2016
Practicum Seminars: September 30 – October 3, 2016 and March 31 – April 3, 2017
Summer B: June 19 – July 1, 2017 (Concludes academics for Elementary I)
Summer C: July 5 – July 29, 2017 (Begins academics for Elementary II)
Final Academic Seminar: November 9 – 14, 2017 (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 requiring a two year commitment and an additional fee of $1,000.
  • Practicum may not precede completion of prescribed academics

 

2016 Elementary I – II Course Tuition

Elementary I-II Program (Ages 6-9 and 9-12 combined): $10,131

$9,750 Tuition Fee plus $381 Certification/Membership Fees (Estimated MACTE Fee: $161;

Estimated AMS Adult Learner Fee: $220)

Payment Schedule

Application Payment: $500

Initial Payment: $2,381 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar)

Additional Fees (if applicable)

  • Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course cost: $350
  • Overview of Montessori Early Childhood cost: $700 (due one week prior to attendance).

 

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 March 1, 2017
Plan 3 ($50 finance fee included) Five installments of $1,460 due on June 1, September 1, December 1 (2016), March 1 and June 1 (2017)
Plan 4 ($100 finance fee included) Fifteen installments of $490 due on the first of each month from June 1, 2016 through August 1, 2017

 

2016 Elementary I Course Tuition

Elementary I Course (Ages 6-9): $7,131

$6,750 Tuition Fee plus $381 Certification/Membership Fees (Estimated MACTE Fee: $161;

Estimated AMS Adult Learner Fee: $220)

Payment Schedule

Application Payment: $500

Initial Payment: $2,381 (due one week prior to assigned Orientation Seminar)

Additional Fees (if applicable)

  • Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Course cost: $350
  • Overview of Early Childhood Course cost: $700 (due one week prior to attendance).

 

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), March 1 and June 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

 

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 is not accepted.
  4. Visa or MasterCard® (presented in person during business hours) is accepted for Initial Payment and Plan 1 only (Tuition payment due by June 1, 2016)
  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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