The Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College integrates traditional Montessori theory and practice with contemporary research and methods that complement the Montessori approach. Through meaningful inquiry, exploration, and reflection, rigorous courses prepare teachers who are ethical leaders, practitioners of education for peace, and inspired guides for the development of the whole child.
The real preparation for education is a study of one’s self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than a learning of ideas. It includes the training of character, it is preparation of the spirit.
The School of Education and Institute for Montessori Innovation offer three Montessori paths: a Montessori teaching certificate, a Montessori minor (with any bachelor’s degree), or a master of education with Montessori. These options are outlined in the table below.
Applicants must meet one or more of the following criteria:
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The Montessori teaching certificate includes a summer intensive session, with an orientation in June. Classes are held June–July and meet five days per week (with an occasional Saturday), 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The summer session is followed by a yearlong supervised practicum in an approved Montessori school. Fall and spring seminar and methods courses are also required. All courses are taught on the Westminster College campus.
Students who live 100 miles or more from Salt Lake City may stay in a nearby hotel at monthly rates. There are some student-sublet apartments near the campus that are available in the summer as well. Scholarship housing may be available on campus.
Thanks to a generous grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, a limited number of scholarships will be awarded to prospective Montessori teachers. The scholarship may be applied to the tuition of students attending the Institute of Montessori Innovation at Westminster College in either the credential-only, undergraduate Montessori minor, or Master of Education program. Students may also apply to the American Montessori Society (AMS) for any scholarship opportunities that they have available.
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The Institute for Montessori Innovation is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council on Teacher Education (MACTE) and affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS).