Center for Montessori Education
Near the start of the 20th century a visionary doctor, anthropologist and educator opened a new school in San Lorenzo, Italy. Her name was Dr. Maria Montessori and her school, “Casa dei Bambini,” marked a revolution in education which 100 years later has grown to include more than 20,000 schools in every country around the world.
Loyola University Maryland offers a 36 credit Masters of Education program in Montessori Studies at the Infant/Toddler, Primary and Elementary levels. Twenty-seven graduate credits are earned by the successful completion of a Montessori teacher preparation course at one of our partner training institutes and the final nine credits are taken in an intensive 3.5 week session at Loyola’s beautiful Evergreen campus in Baltimore, Maryland.
Montessori’s mission to prepare environments and educators for the crucial task of guiding natural human development is a perfect fit for Loyola’s Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person. In 1991, the chair of Loyola’s education department Dr.William Amoriell, proposed a model for a Master’s degree combining Montessori training and graduate course work at Loyola. The model remains intact today and exists as a partnership between Loyola University and 10 Montessori training centers across the United States.
Dr. Montessori’s work and her insights into human development are as relevant today as they were in 1907. Thousands of educators from all parts of the globe have studied Dr. Montessori’s approach and the organization she founded in 1929, the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), continues to champion the cause of all children.
Since 1998, Loyola’s flagship training partner has been the Washington Montessori Institute (WMI). WMI is the oldest AMI accredited training center in North America, and is located in a beautiful suburban setting between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, at Loyola's graduate center in Columbia, MD.
The Montessori movement is poised to play a major role in education in the coming decades. Current brain research is uncovering many of the facts that Montessori predicted about the optimal conditions for human development. We invite you to investigate the Montessori approach at Loyola University through the Center for Montessori Education where we do more than prepare Montessori teachers – we develop accomplished educational leaders ready to drive education forward.