Montessori for Educators at Barry University


If you are looking for an innovative approach to education where children love learning, teachers enjoy teaching, and parents are happy, the Montessori system presents that vision to you. The Adrian Dominican School of Education offers you unique opportunities to:

  1. Learn the philosophy underlying the Montessori Method.
  2. Acquire a repertoire of teaching strategies which have been found to be successful with children all throughout the world.
  3. Develop skills in addressing the challenges of the educational setting.

The Montessori Education graduate programs are fully accredited by MACTE (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) and you are eligible to also earn an AMS credential (American Montessori Society) upon completion of your program.

Master of Science with specialization in Montessori Early Childhood Education: This 40-credit program equips you with competencies to guide a class ranging in ages from two and a half through six years. The focus of the program is to:

  1. Understand the unique needs of a young child striving to become independent.
  2. Acquire the language of one's community.
  3. Refine one's coordination through movement, and seeking a significant place in one's social group.

The desired outcome is an individual who shows self-confidence in one's capacity to learn, who shows courtesy and respect in one's interaction with others, and who exercises freedom with responsibility.

Master of Science with specialization in Montessori Elementary Education: The 39-credit prepares you to implement the Montessori curriculum for children ages six through twelve years. Special tools for developing literacy and mathematical skills make learning personalized, meaningful and long-lasting. The breadth and depth of the curriculum:

  1. Ignites intellectual curiosity.
  2. Awakens a special kinship with nature.
  3. Inspires gratitude to those who have contributed in the past to benefit humankind.

Specialist (EdS) degree with specialization in Montessori Early Childhood or Montessori Elementary Education: If you already hold a master’s degree, the 45-credit program includes a synthesis of the Early Childhood curriculum for the specialists in Elementary Education and vice versa.

The Montessori courses may also be taken for recertification credits.


The Barry University Montessori Teacher Education Programs are fully accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and are affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS). For program information, contact Vicky Totten (305.899.4035) or the Interim Montessori Program Director, Ms. Elizabeth Kpenkaan Leslie Lasseville, EdS (305-899-3736).