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    WASHINGTON

    MONTESSORIINSTITUTEAT

    LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND

    SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

    Association Montessori Internationale Diploma

    and Master of Education in Montessori Education

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    MINDSABSORB &

    EXPLORE The path of a falling snowflake. The rippling light on a rivers surface.A crickets steady chirp. The smallest, simplest momentsthe tiny thingsso many adults never noticeare beacons for children, who embracethese unique opportunities to explore and understand the world around them.This natural path to discovery lies at the heart of the Montessori approach to

    education. At the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola University Maryland,

    we offer aspiring educators the preparation they need to embrace this philo sophy.

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    THE ROOTS OF THE

    MONTESSORI METHOD

    Maria Montessori, one of the first Italian women to be granted

    a medical degree, developed the Montessori method in the

    early 20th century. Dr. Montessori believed that all children

    are born with inherent gifts and abilities that guide their

    development. She designed learning environments to offer

    children the most natural and life-affirming experiences

    possible, responding to the physical, mental,

    emotional, and spiritual development of

    each child. Her earliest work served a house

    of 50 children from Romes poorest

    communities, and from the beginning,

    the Montessori method has endeavored to

    provide the ideal conditions for learning for

    all childrenregardless of socioeconomic

    status or cultural background. In 1929

    Dr. Montessori founded the Association

    Montessori Internationale (AMI), an

    organization that aims to uphold and further

    this approach to child development, as well as advocate

    for childrens rights worldwide. AMI also serves as an

    accrediting body for Montessori schools and training

    facilities throughout the world.

    Today, the Montessori method has been adopted on six

    continents. In North America alone, there are more than5,000 private schools and 200 public and charter schools

    following the Montessori philosophy. Demand for qualified

    Montessori teachers has never been higher, and there is

    no better place to begin a career in Montessori education

    than at the Washington Montessori Institute at Loyola

    University Maryland.

    WASHINGTON MONTESSORIINSTITUTE

    North Americas oldest AMI-accredited training center,

    the Washington Montessori Institute was the first in the

    country to offer the AMI Montessori diploma combined with

    a Master of Education degree in either Primary or ElementaryMontessori Education, thanks to its partnership with

    Loyola University Maryland.

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    PREPARING THE TEACHER

    The Washington Montessori Institute program integrates

    child development theory, methodology, field observations,

    and practice teaching.

    In unique model classrooms, graduate students receive

    hands-on experience with Montessori materials appropriate

    for primary- or elementary-age children.

    Students also compose their own illustrated reference

    manuals reflecting the content of the course. They learn how

    to design and maintain appropriate learning environments,

    including the preparation of classroom materials.

    TEACHERS

    STUDENTS

    FACULTY GRADUATE STUDENTS

    GRADUATE STUDENTS HANDSON EXPERIENCE

    This approach to education welcomes the participation of

    graduate students of all backgrounds. Recent WMI graduates

    have come to the program from a variety of undergraduate

    and professional disciplines as diverse as business, health,

    theater, and science. While the reasons for their interest

    are as unique as the individuals themselves, Montessori

    teachers share a desire to engage in work that is effective

    and makes a difference.

    GRADUATE STUDENTS TEACHERS

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    The Primary Montessori program prepares educators to

    follow the Montessori philosophy in working with children

    between the ages of 3 and 6. Montessori theories of human

    development provide a foundation for an understanding

    of the specific needs and abilities of children at this level.

    These include the exploration of activities for practical

    life, refinement of the senses, language, and mathematics.

    Students learn how to present geography, history, and life

    sciences as well as how to blend movement, music, and art

    into daily class activities.

    Students learn the importance of and how to encourage

    the development of control of movement, sequencing, and

    concentration through inviting and meaningful activity, and

    how to guide children in ordering, classifying, and describing

    sensory experience. Language development for the primary

    child includes oral language enrichment, written expression,

    reading, elements of grammar, and literature. Mathematics

    activity makes use of manipulative materials to help the child

    gain an understanding of the concepts of number, symbol,

    sequence, operations, and memorization of basic facts.

    PRIMARY

    The Elementary Montessori program prepares educators

    to respond to the needs of children between the ages of

    6 and 12. In addition to the study of Montessori theory

    regarding human development, the program encompasses

    art, biology, geography, history, language, mathematics

    (arithmetic, geometry, algebra), music, and physical

    education. The program is rooted in storytelling with

    ever-broadening lessons conveying a wealth of knowledge

    about the universe, world, co untry, and community.

    The programs approach to language includes a study of

    grammar as an underpinning for interpretive reading, clear

    writing, and logical speaking. Mathematics studies include

    conceptual development, interpretation, and the development

    of skills necessary for accurate problem-solving. Music and

    art are approached from the childs fundamental desire for

    self expression. Science studies direct the child to observe,

    form hypotheses, experiment, and draw conclusions. History

    is a centralizing study, containing all that human beings have

    pondered, studied, and passed down to their descendants.

    Physical fitness is a vehicle through which the child is led

    to realize the importance of a healthy body in empowering

    the mind to flourish.

    Because the Elementary program builds so much upon the

    foundations addressed in the Primary program, students

    who do not hold an AMI Primary diploma must complete

    a three-credit prerequisite foundation course.

    ELEMENTARY

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    GRADUATE STUDENTS HANDSON EXPERIENCE

    FACULTY

    GRADUATESTUDENTS

    PROGRAM STRUCTURE

    Washington Montessori Institute/Loyola University Maryland

    masters programs in Montessori education include 36

    graduate credits plus comprehensive examinations. Coursework

    is divided into two parts: nine months of Montessori training

    (27 credit hours), followed by nine credit hours (three courses)

    of core education classes designed to enhance students

    broad knowledge of research and trends across the field

    of education. Students are eligible for the AMI diploma

    after completing the Montessori training, and for a masters

    degree in primary or elementary Montessori education after

    finishing the nine core education credits. Students attend

    Montessori training full-time, five days a week, while the

    core education component is usually taken in an intensive

    summer session. Students also have the option to take the

    education core during the subsequent academic year.

    Those who already hold an M.Ed. may obtain a Certificate

    of Advanced Study in either Primary or Montessori

    Education by completing the Montessori training component

    of the Washington Montessori Institute/Loyola University

    Maryland program in addition to completing a three-credit

    research project.

    GRADUATE STUDENTS TEACHERS

    TEACHERS STUDENTS

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    FACILITIES

    The Montessori programs are housed at the Loyola

    University Maryland Graduate Center ColumbiaCampus, located in a suburban community mid-way

    between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Md. Facilities

    include state-of-the-art technology, comfortable student

    lounges, 24-hour access to a computer lab, and

    University library services. Restaurants, cafs, and other

    conveniences are within easy walking distance.

    FACULTY

    Janet McDonell Janet McDonell, AMI primarydirector at WMI, is a primary teacher trainer of the Montessori

    Internationale. She holds AMI Primary, Elementary,

    and Special Education diplomas, as well as a B.A. in

    Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin and

    an M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland. She has 20 years

    of teaching and administrative experience in Montessori

    schools serving children of widely varying backgrounds.

    McDonell is an examiner and member of the Training Group

    for AMI and a consultant and board member for AMI/USA.

    Carol Hicks Carol Hicks, AMI elementary directorat WMI, is an elementary teacher trainer of the Associa-

    tion Montessori Internationa