Frequently Asked Questions

Below please find answer to some of the more commonly asked questions about our courses. If you have a question that is not on this list, please do not hesitate to contact our registrar, Rachel Harrison at (630) 654-0151 or at Our staff would be happy to speak with you.


Internships And Future Employment

What is a Practicum?

A Practicum (also known as student teaching or internship) consists of, at minimum, nine consecutive months working in a classroom at a Montessori school selected by the student teacher with an arrangement that is approved by our course director.

How do I go about finding a Practicum?

Your Practicum Coordinator will assist you (but cannot guarantee a position) in finding a Practicum site that meets the requirements of Seton and the American Montessori Society. Seton has collaborated with Montessori schools in all parts of the Chicago metropolitan area, in other parts of the United States and also in other countries.

Where can I work with an AMS Montessori credential?

Seton graduates work in private and public Montessori schools all over the world. It should be noted that in order to work in public Montessori schools additional state licensing requirements often need to be met. Check with your state and school regarding local and state regulations for additional requirements.


Financial Matters

What kind of financial aid is available?

The American Montessori Society and ETC-Montessori have need-based scholarships available (applications become available on January 1st). Elgin Community College also provides scholarships for those who live within their district. Many schools will sponsor students for our program. This can be done in the form of a loan or scholarship. In exchange for this assistance, schools normally ask a student to sign an agreement to work for the school for a specific period following certification.  Seton offers limited sponsorship to applicants who complete their student internship at one of our Lab Schools.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! Four payment plan options are available and detailed specifically on the tuition side of our program information sheets.

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What are some of the advantages to choosing Seton Montessori Institute instead of another teacher preparation course?

As one of the oldest AMS courses in North America, we have had extensive experience with preparing Montessori educators for a wide variety of public and private settings.  From the outset, our faculty has been international in its outlook, faithful to Maria Montessori’s insights, and committed to keeping up-to-date with the latest research.  Each member of our highly qualified faculty team presents in the areas of their strongest skill and experience, the topics about which they are most passionate.  Our program offers two Lab Schools that provide adult students with resources for learning and observation.  In addition, we offer flexibility of scheduling and a staff that’s ready to assist in any area.  We serve students across the U. S. and abroad, visiting them at their practicum sites throughout their enrollment in the program.

My degree and/or experience is not in education. May I still apply?

• Yes. For those who do not have an associate’s  degree or bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education or Child Development, a prerequisite hybrid “Introduction to Child Development” course, available through Seton, must be completed prior to beginning your student teaching internship.

•A hybrid course is when the majority of the work is completed online in conjunction with face-to-face meetings.

Is it very competitive to get into Seton?

Seton strives to accept as many qualified applicants as possible. When making admissions

decisions, we look at each applicant’s background, qualifications, learning needs and interests

in order to ascertain their likelihood of succeeding in the program and becoming a competent Montessori educator. Class size is limited based on our capacity to accommodate and serve the needs of our students.

How long does it take to complete the AMS credential programs?

Adult students enrolled in AMS credential programs are given three to four years to complete depending on the program.

 Program Level  Minimum  Completion Time Frame  Typical Completion Time Frame  Required Completion Time Limit
 Infant-Toddler  18 months  2 years  3 years
 Early Childhood  18 months  2 years  3 years
 Elementary I  18 months  2.5 years  3 years
 Elementary I-II  2 years  3 years  4 years
 Administrators  2 years  2.5 years  3 years

Can you put me in contact with a student or graduate to talk about Seton?

Yes. Call the Office of Admission’s Registrar, Rachel Harrison at (630) 654-0151 or email her at She can put you in touch with an alum or current student.


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