Stage Progression

Seton Montessori Institute’s Credential programs are organized into six successive phases:

*Pre-requisite for all applicants without a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or Elementary Education is completion of the online “Introduction to Child Development.”

** Pre-requisite for Elementary applicant without a MACTE Montessori Infant-Toddler and Early Childhood credential must take an Overview of Early Childhood Course.


Phase I: Submit a complete application. A complete application includes an official set of education transcripts sent directly to Seton. If internationally issued, please visit this site for the approved list of independent evaluators. The academic director will contact the applicant for an in-depth personal interview.

Phase II: A small-group orientation that introduces preparatory assignment work

Phase III: Beginning academics offered twice annually in a weekend format in the Spring and a weekday format during the Summer. A student may not begin academics if their official transcripts have not been received.

Phase IV: A minimum nine-month supervised practicum/internship (eligible to begin once beginning academics are complete)

Phase V: A sequence of continuing academic seminars that give support during what is typically the practicum /internship year

Phase VI: A postgraduate seminar that encourages students to begin the habit of participating in regular continuing education.

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