Montessori STEM Certificate

Montessori STEM Certificate

  • For Montessori educators seeking to engage their students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning in an authentic Montessori context.
  • A five-course, 15-credit graduate program offered over 18 months. If you choose, continue with additional courses to earn your master's.
  • Summer-intensive weeklong learning, plus online learning throughout the year.
  • Courses co-taught by Montessori educators and content area experts in STEM.
  • Get a toolkit you can use to make STEM come alive in your Montessori classroom.
  • Apply now to start in Summer 2014. Download a brochure and application to join a cohort in St. Paul, Minnesota or Durham, North Carolina.
  • The program can be offered "on site" for a group of educators at your school. Contact St. Catherine University's Advanced Montessori Programs for details.

Online information session on the Montessori STEM Certificate: 


Montessori educators: Are you ready for STEM?

If you are an elementary teacher, you know that soon you may need to be teaching your young students science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) concepts. Some states already include these concepts in their state education standards. Others are in the process of adding them. Are you ready? 

Hands-on learning for Montessori educators 

Learning in the Montessori STEM Certificate is active and collaborative.  You'll be actively engaged with other Montessori educators in hands-on STEM learning.

Hone your skills as a scientific observer:

  • Unlock the Story of the Universe using Newton's Laws.
  • Quantify the flow of water in a stream table.
  • Use right angles to measure the world.

Learn to design like an engineer:

  • Discover how forces and materials impact the design of our Fundamental Human Needs.
  • Explore and calculate load and effort in simple machines.
  • Understand more deeply the physics and mathematics of our engineered world.

... and more!

In-depth summer learning, online mentoring, and collaboration

The program pairs in-depth, hands-on learning for one week each summer, followed by online mentoring and support during the academic year. Personal support helps you integrate the STEM toolkits you'll receive into your school’s curriculum.

To build more self-sustaining support within the group, you and other Montessori teachers will form lesson-study groups to visit one another's classrooms throughout the school year. You'll observe each other in the classroom and then debrief to modify and improve your STEM-teaching techniques.

Learn it and use it: the Montessori STEM toolkit

As a student in this certificate program, you'll get a Montessori STEM toolkit, providing support materials you can use to successfully implement the Montessori STEM curriculum in your classroom. You'll work with the material under the guidance of faculty during your two summer courses, then take your final toolkit with you at the end of the first summer session. 

Complete a certificate — or continue on with a master's

With the 15 credits earned for your Montessori STEM Certificate, you'll be halfway to your master's. If you choose, you can continue on with 15 additional graduate credits of advanced Montessori coursework, including an action research project, to earn the Master of Arts in Education degree.

Members of the American Montessori Society also receive an AMS Certificate for Continuing Professional Development.

The program of study

TERM COURSE DESCRIPTION

Summer Session I (one week in residence, plus online)

Earth Science  
and Mathematics
This course infuses the scientific method with 
measurement, data collection, basic calculations
and graphing. Stream tables and other hands‐on
activities explore the rock cycle, water cycle and 
soil studies
Fall Semester I (online) Classroom  
Applications I 
Implementation of summer course content into  
the classroom. Reading and other activities will  
follow‐up with weekly online discussions
Spring Semester I (online) Classroom  
Technology 
This course is designed to provide necessary  
technical, media, and computer skills required  
for today’s teacher  
Summer Session II (one week in residence, plus online) Engineering and 
Mathematics 
Use data collection, graphing and calculation to  
explore physics and engineering concepts such as 
simple machines and mechanisms, materials and 
structures, Laws of Motion, forces, velocity, work 
and power.  
Fall Semester II (online) Classroom  
Applications II 
Implementation of summer course content into  
the classroom. Reading and other activities will  
follow‐up with weekly online discussions.  

Montessori STEM tuition

The tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year (June 1, 2014-May 31, 2014) for the Montessori STEM Certificate program is $475 per credit. You'll receive a separate bill for each academic term in which you are registered (Summer, Fall or Spring), based on the number of credits for which you are registered in that term.

At 2014-15 rates, the total tuition for the 15-credit program is $7,125.

For each academic term, you'll also be charged a $30 student fee ($10 in Summer) and a $150 technology fee. You'll also be assessed a one-time $15 new student fee, and a one-time $120 graduation fee. These fees are in effect for the 2014-15 academic year, and are subject to change.

These figures are for estimation purposes only. Because tuition and fee rates change each June 1 for the following academic year, your costs will be higher than the total figures quoted here. See our student accounts page for details.

Apply now for upcoming cohorts

Download a pdf brochure — including full program details, tuition information, application procedures and forms — on cohorts beginning in Summer 2014 in Durham, North Carolina and St. Paul, Minnesota.