UNK Teacher Education Montessori Program

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Basic Information

Address: University of Nebraska at Kearney eCampus Communications Center Building, 3rd Floor 1910 University Drive Kearney, NE 68849
Phone Number(s): (308) 865-6388
Fax Number(s): (308) 865-8090
Program Name: UNK Teacher Education Montessori Program
Director Name: Kathie Sweet, Interim Director

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Additional Information

Founding Date: Fall 2018
Diploma Courses:
Infant and Toddler (0-3)
Children’s House/Primary (3-6)
Certificate Courses:
Core Knowledge
Course Dates:

Online coursework offered fall and spring semesters, with three weeks of required in-person summer courses in Omaha, Nebraska.

Montessori Affiliation: UNK’s Montessori programs are pursuing accreditation as an Applicant in Good Standing with the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)*.
Current Courses:

Montessori Philosophy
EC Practical Life
EC Math & Sensorial
EC Language
EC Core Applications
EC Practicum
E1 History & Geography
E1 Language & Grammar
E1 Math & Geometry
E1 Biology & Physical Science
E1 Core Applications
E1 Practicum


Undergraduate in-state tuition - $259 per credit hour / non-resident tuition - $396 per credit hour
Graduate in-state tuition - $309 per credit hour / non-resident tuition - $435 per credit hour
Additional online tuition information: https://www.unk.edu/academics/ecampus/resources-info/cost-information.php







Mission Statement:

The UNK Teacher Education Montessori Program is designed to prepare the student teacher to enter a Montessori classroom ready to approach the child in a sensitive, positive manner. The UNK Teacher Education Montessori Program serves the student in basic training, but also is a source for continuing educational advancement and support once the student enters the teaching profession.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

The Montessori educational instruction method is a child-centered educational approach that focuses on teaching the whole child--including social, emotional, and physical development in addition to cognitive development. This method of instruction, established by Dr. Maria Montessori, prepares you to facilitate in nurturing student development, which sets a strong foundation for learning and growth. Professionals with Montessori expertise often find careers teaching in Montessori schools or in an increasing amount of public schools requiring Montessori-certified teachers.

Training Center History:

UNK established the Montessori Teacher Education program in the fall of 2018 with an endowment from Dr. LaVonne Plambeck of Mid-America Teacher Training Institute. We proudly carry on Dr. Plambeck's legacy of preparing highly qualified teachers to guide and direct in the Montessori public and private sectors. We are currently in the accreditation process with MACTE.

Additional Information:

Students earn undergraduate or graduate credit for their Montessori coursework, which may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.