Feb 18, 2018
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018
Montessori Education (Early Childhood Program) for Ohio Four Year Resident Educator License (PreK-3) and American Montessori Society Credential Elementary I, Ages 6-9, B.S.
(Students can add on the Elem. II and an OH Generalist Endorsement for Grades 4- 5)
Undergraduate Programs in Montessori Education
The philosophy of education taught in the Montessori program was researched by Dr. Maria Montessori, one of the first Italian women to graduate from medical school in Rome in 1896. Dr. Montessori’s philosophy supports the fundamental tenet that a child learns best within a social environment which supports each individual’s unique development. Multi-age grouping in each class promotes peer group learning. The children work in a prepared learning environment that is child-centered and beautifully arranged with learning materials to aid the child in exploration of new ideas. The Montessori teacher learns to be a scientific observer and facilitator, providing an environment for children that is developmentally appropriate to help the child grow in all areas: social, cognitive, emotional, and physical.
An undergraduate degree will prepare you to practice your profession in the following ways:
- Public schools: You will be prepared to teach in Montessori public schools and traditional public and private schools for pre-Kindergarten through third grade.
- Private schools: Our graduates teach in private Montessori schools all over the world. They are also teachers in traditional private schools.
- Hospitals: Hospitals hire our graduates for special children’s programs.
- Child care centers: Our graduates are hired as administrators of child care centers.
- Non-profit organizations hire graduates to work in the areas of child and family advocacy
The Xavier University Montessori Teacher Education Program is accredited by the MACTE Commission and grants an American Montessori Society Credential for Early Childhood and Elementary I students who complete all requirements also receive an Ohio Four Year Resident Educator License PreK-3.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Montessori Education
Early Childhood Education
Ohio Four Year Resident Educator License for PreK-3
American Montessori Society Credential for Ages 2 1/2 to 6 Years
American Montessori Credential for Elementary I
Requirements for the Early Childhood / Montessori Education Major
Undergraduate core curriculum requirements:
48 credit hours, including:
- Diversity Curriculum requirement: partially fulfilled in the major with EDEL 260 (Cultural Diversity in Education).
- English Composition/Rhetoric grade must be a “B” or above.
- Mathematics grade must be a “C” or above.
- Literature: fulfilled in the major with EDCH 324 .
- Science: must be met with physical (CHEM or and ) and biological ( and ) sciences.
- Core 100 First Year Seminar
- Core 101 First year co-curricular program
- Core 499
- Social Sciences: included in the major requirements.
- The E/RS Focus Elective that meets another core requirement should be chosen.
66 credit hours, as follows:
39 hours of education courses from:
3 hours of literature from
24 hours of Ohio License requirements, as follows:
Elementary I Credential (ages 6-9):
- A Montessori professional statement must be in the file by the end of freshman year.
- Three letters of recommendation must be on file by the start of the sophomore year.
- A moral character form must be on file by the start of the sophomore year.
- Application for student teaching must be turned in by spring of junior year.
- Application and fees for American Montessori Society Credentialing, MACTE and NAEYC must be turned in the summer before senior year.
- State licensing exams must be taken the first semester of senior year.
- Students may add A.M.S. Elementary II by completing the EII required coursework.
- Students may add an Ohio Generalist endorsement for grades 4-5 by completing the Elementary II coursework, additional licensing exam, and online Middle Childhood development course.
- Students are able to pursue a Reading Endorsement
- A 2.700 grade point average must be achieved in all the education courses for the major.
- All Montessori education courses must have a grade of “B” or above.
B.S. Montessori Education (Early Childhood program) with Ohio Four Year Resident Educator License for PreK-3 and American Montessori Society Credential Elementary I, ages 6-9
This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.
- ENGL 101 - English Composition
- EDFD 110 - Human Development and Learning
- BIOL 130 - Intro to Life Sciences
- BIOL 131 - Intro to Life Sciences Lab
- Foreign Language I Elective
- THEO 111 - Theological Foundations or CORE 100 - First Year Seminar
- Core 101 First Year Co-curriculuar Program
- EDEL 100 - Introduction To Education
- Foreign Language Elective II
- Historical Perspective Elective
- PHYS 114 - Our Universe: Physical Science
- PHYS 115 - Our Universe: Physical Sci Lab
- THEO 111 - Theological Foundations or CORE 100 - First Year Seminar
- EDME 351 - Montessori Ed: Phil Approach
- EDME 376 - Phonics Skills for Early Chldh
- Science Elective
- MATH 201 - Foundations of Arith. -ECED
- PHIL 100 - Ethics as Intro to Philosophy
- EDEL 210 - Early Childhood development
- Creative perspectives
- EDEL 251 - Instructional Technology
- EDSP 205 - Foundations in ECSPED
- MATH 202 - Geometry & Measurement -ECED
- EDME 353 - Mont Math & Geometry Methods
- Theology Perspective elective
- EDME 354 - Mont Language Arts & Read Meth
- EDME 359 - Community & Advocacy in Educ
- EDRE 312 - Reading Methods for Early Chld
- EDEL 260 - Cultural Diversity In Educ
- EDCH 324 - Children’s Lit for Early Child
- ENGL 205 - Literature & Moral Imagination or CLAS 205 - Classical Lit & Moral Imagination or SPAN 205 - Hispanic Lit & Moral Imagination
- EDME 350 - Methods of Observation of Chld
- EDME 355 - Mont Cultural Subjects Method
- EDRE 478 - Diagnosis/Correct of Read Disa
- EDEC 230 - Play in Early Childhood Educ
- Philosophy Elective (3)
- E/RS Focus Elective (see advisor)
- EDME 352 - Mont Curr Des & Tch Strat I:Pr
- EDME 470 - Mont Primary Practicum I
- EDME 356 - Mont Integration of Curr: Prim
- EDME 471 - Mont Primary Practicum II
- Core 499 (no credit) - Reflection on XU Core
- Consult the “Undergraduate Core Curriculum ” requirements of the Catalog.
- E/RS Focus Elective requirement may be used to satisfy another element of the core or the major.
- A minimum of 130 credit hours is typically required for the degree, with 120 hours as absolute minimum.
- An overall cumulative GPA of 2.500 is required for graduation.
- The Diversity Curriculum requirement may be used to satisfy other elements of the core or major.
Adding Elementary II Ages 9-12 to an Elementary I Credential
Students may add A.M.S. Elementary II by completing the coursework listed below. Students may add an Ohio Generalist endorsement for grades 4-5 by completing the Elementary II coursework, additional licensing exam, and online Middle Childhood development course.
Montessori credentialing at the Elementary II level may be added along with the Generalist Endorsement 4-5 (See Program Advisor).
- EDME 370 - Mont 9-12 Math Curr
- EDME 371 - Mont 9-12 Geometry Curr
- EDME 372 - Mont 9-12 Geographyand Hist Curr
- EDME 373 - Mont 9-12 Botany and Zoology Cur
- EDME 374 - Mont 9-12 Physical Science Cur
- EDME 375 - Mont 9-12 Lang and Children’s Li
No Additional Internship is Required
Generalist Endorsement Requirements:
- Current P-3 Ohio Resident Educator License
- One credit hour online course: Middle Childhood Transitions, Development, and Management
- Passing score on the Ohio Assessments for Educators Elementary Education/018 (Subtest I) and Ohio Assessments for Educators Elementary Education/019 (Subtest II)