Prospective Students

Join Us for an Upcoming Montessori Career Information Session

Interested in learning more about Montessori teacher and administrator certification at Seton Montessori Institute?

Join us on one of the dates below to engage in conversation, consider the possible career choices in Montessori education, and learn more about the Seton experience. Each of our information sessions is complimentary; but requires pre-registration.  Click on the date below to register.

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at 12:00pm

Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 1:00pm

held at Seton Montessori Institute and School

We look forward to meeting you!

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Seton Montessori Institute presents all of our adult learner courses on our beautiful four acre campus in Clarendon Hills, Illinois. Nestled into a beautiful setting, provided by our Lab School  – Seton Montessori, our adults learners are connected to the work they are studying – the child.


Infant-Toddler Certification Course

The Infant-Toddler course content focuses on the characteristics and needs of the very youngest children and the special personal preparation needed by those who work with infants, toddlers and their families.  The course is organized into six successful phases.

2015 Infant-Toddler Course Information Sheet

2015 Infant-Toddler Application for Admission

2015 Infant-Toddler Student Catalogue

2015 Reference Form


Early Childhood Certification Course

Seton Montessori Institute’s personalized, adult-oriented program prepares students as competent, reflective Early Childhood Montessori Educators.  The program offers a deep philosophical base, balanced with an effective and complete immersion in techniques and materials for the two-and-a-half through six age group.

2015 Early Childhood Course Information Sheet

2015 Early Childhood Application for Admission

2015 Early Childhood Student Catalogue

2015 Reference Form


Elementary I and Elementary I-II Certification Course

Seton Montessori Institute’s Elementary course prepares self-aware adults as Montessori educators for children in their elementary years of development.  The course prepares adult educators for work with children ages six through twelve, Montessori’s second plan of development.

2016 Elementary Application for Admission

Reference Form


Credential Course for Montessori Leadership and Administration

Seton Montessori Institute’s Credential Course for Montessori Leadership and Administration presents a comprehensive program to support current and future heads of Montessori schools and teacher leaders.  Course participants will develop their skills in administration and program leadership in accordance with the philosophy and best practices of Montessori education.

2015 Credential Course for Montessori Leadership and Administration Information Sheet

2015 Administrator Application for Admission

2015 Administrator Reference Form


See Also…

List of Approved Independent International Education Transcript Evaluators

2015 Technology Requirements Info Sheet

Introduction to Child Development (ICD) Info Sheet


Frequently Asked Questions About the Admissions Process

What is a complete application?

A complete application includes:

  • Completed admission application with $500 application fee
  • Official transcript (or evaluation report for foreign educational credential) in the sealed issuing envelope
  • 3 Three references (can be emailed to
  • TOEFL score (for those who are non-native English speakers)

Upon review, the Academic Director will contact candidate for an interview appointment.

Do I have to come to Clarendon Hills for my interview?

No, applicants may have the interview by phone or video chat if they reside more than 150 miles from Seton. However, we encourage all applicants to interview in person and visit Seton Montessori Institute,

if possible, prior to applying.

My degree is from an international college/university. Where do I get an independent transcript evaluation?

AMS and Seton require the applicant to have a transcript analysis sent directly from one of the evaluators located at this site: Our students have provided positive feedback from working with World Education Services ( and Educational Credential Evaluators (

Why is the non-native English speaker required to take the TOEFL?

Seton conducts all its coursework and assignments in English.

Who should my letters of recommendation come from?

If possible, you should try to submit recommendations from people who know about your academic and professional background. The letter of recommendation should give a sense of who you will be as a student and as a professional educator working with children in a Montessori setting.

How long will it be after my interview before I find out if I’m accepted into the program?

Typically, you will receive an admission decision within two weeks of your interview.

If I’m accepted, can I wait a year before starting the program?

Yes, we will consider requests for deferring your admission for one year. Requests for deferment should be made in writing. Deferred students will be asked to submit a $50 program change fee to hold their space for the following year and the current year’s tuition rate will apply.

If I miss the application deadline can I still apply?

Absolutely! However, a nonrefundable $200 late application fee will apply. It is to the applicant’s advantage to apply early to the program in order to complete Orientation Seminar assignments and independent study work. Initial reading assignments are given at the interview.

What is the difference (for Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood applicants), in choosing the Spring or the Summer cohort?

Each cohort receives the same course material and attends the same clock hours of coursework whether they participate in the Spring or the Summer cohorts.  By starting in spring, the applicant opts for an academic schedule that spreads seminar days over a longer span of time (starting with an initial series of spring weekends, and continuing with summer academics that take place on consecutive weekdays).  The summer registrant condenses the same course content into one continuous session of consecutive weekday seminars (approximately six weeks in length).  With either choice, the seminar days are full, eight-hour days, and both cohorts follow the same schedule for their advanced academics.

For more information, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) under Admissions on our website; or email our registrar, Rachel Harrison at


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