The Center for Montessori Education

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Montessori Training Credential Options

The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is proud to offer options of one-year Early Childhood, Elementary I, and Elementary I-II training programs in Montessori education. There is an option to earn a Master of Education in Early Childhood Montessori Education, Master of Education in Elementary I Montessori Education, or Master of Education in Elementary I-II Montessori Education by completing the Montessori training coursework plus one additional Trine Online course.

Our Montessori Early Childhood, Elementary I, and Elementary I-II programs offer participants national standards-aligned training that includes:

  • Hands-on experience in a newly equipped Montessori classroom
  • First of its kind partnership with Shelton School to provide MACAR training
  • A close partnership with Oak Farm Montessori School
  • An option to earn undergraduate credit
  • An option to earn a Master's degree in Montessori Education

The Experience: Engaging summer coursework and then classroom experience

The program consists of full-time summer coursework and a nine-month clinical practicum in a Montessori classroom under the guidance of an experienced Montessori guide, with supporting guidance and additional academic content from Trine. Teacher candidates will be instructed in all academic and theoretical aspects of Montessori Early Childhood, Elementary I, or Elementary I-II education, including child development and the use of Montessori hands-on materials for learning.

High Quality Training. Unmatched Partnerships.

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Through a first-of-its-kind partnership, teacher candidates will receive specialized instruction in Montessori Applied to Children at Risk (MACAR). This highly respected program is taught by experienced professionals at Shelton School, a world-renowned Montessori inclusion school and training center. This portion will help candidates understand special needs of children who are at risk, or diagnosed with learning differences and other exceptionalities, preparing the teacher candidate to address mild academic needs in the Montessori classroom context.

Teacher candidates then have the option to complete the MACAR program at a later date and earn additional qualifications in inclusion and learning differences. Furthermore, teacher candidates will receive a six-hour Positive Discipline workshop taught by a certified Positive Discipline coach.

Our Partnership with Oak Farm

Oak Farm Montessori School in Avilla, Indiana, is partnering with Trine University to provide access to a world-class Montessori environment, practicum opportunities, faculty members, and expertise. We are so fortunate to have this amazing partnership with a school in our area that demonstrates everything that Dr. Montessori dreamed of for children. Their facilities are of the highest quality, their faculty and staff are exceptional, and the relationship between Oak Farm and Trine University is one of the features that truly distinguishes The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University.

Advance Your Career:
Earn Undergraduate Credit or a Master's Degree in Montessori Education

The Result: Credentials to teach in a Montessori classroom

Child with a bugUpon successful completion of the one-year program, students will be able to:

  • Serve as a lead teacher in a Montessori Early Childhood (2 ½-6) or Elementary I (6-9) classroom
  • Earn widely recognized teaching credentials by the American Montessori Society to teach in Montessori Early Childhood or Elementary I classrooms
  • Receive a certificate of completion for a segment of the MACAR (Montessori Applied to Children at Risk) training. This program is a portion of a course taught by Shelton School
  • Implement Positive Discipline in the classroom

They also may elect to:

  • Complete the full E I-II by taking additional coursework in the summer following E-I coursework and some requirements during the following school year, but only one practicum is required.
  • Complete additional requirements to earn a Bachelor or Master of Education degree from Trine University
  • Earn undergraduate or graduate credit


For more information contact:

Laurie Stockton-Moreno
Director of The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University
(260) 665-4565
Franks School of Education
Trine University
1 University Avenue
Angola, Indiana

Additional Information


The mission of The Center for Montessori Education at Trine University is to advance equitable access to Montessori teacher preparation that elevates the child to the center of learning and the prepared environment to the center of engagement.

This overview details the application and enrollment process, specifics of our innovative academic program, fee structure, academic credit options, and accreditation status.

Early Childhood Education  Course Schedule

Elementary I Education Course Schedule

Elementary II Education Components Course Schedule

The academic phase for the Early Childhood and Elementary I cohorts begins on June 6th, 2024 with a half-day orientation. For those taking E I-II, The E-II components begin July 5th. Classes run through June and July. You will then participate in a nine-month practicum in a Montessori classroom, with weekend seminars, and weekly class meetings throughout the practicum to provide guidance, support, and additional academic content.
Training will be held in the newly remodeled Montessori classroom at Trine University, located in Angola, Indiana. Some portions of the program will be via remote learning.
Instructors are a combination of Trine faculty, area Montessori experienced professionals representing both public and private Montessori entities, as well as nationally recognized Montessori education experts.

The Center for Montessori Education is fully accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council of Teacher Education (MACTE) and is affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS) for the early childhood and elementary I course levels.

Trine University has been approved by the Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children to accept students in the TEACH Early Childhood Indiana Scholarship program. This program will cover 90% of your tuition and book costs, provide a travel stipend and a bonus upon completion.

For more information on the TEACH Early Childhood Indiana Scholarship, visit the Indiana AEYC website or contact:

Michael Wiegmann
Indiana AEYC | T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood ® INDIANA
T.E.A.C.H. Advisor for Graduate Degrees and Special Projects
2955 N. Meridian St. Suite 120
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: 317-701-4074