Required Courses

The academic portion of the Elementary I course takes 344 contact hours of instruction. This does not include the Child Development or Early Childhood Overview prerequisites. Much of the course is delivered during a five week summer intensive term during the first summer, followed by a four week term the second summer. There is a two day midwinter seminar scheduled in January. Course participants at the Elementary level are also expected to participate in online course work.

Child Development Course Requirement

A 3 to 5 quarter credit college course in Child Development, passed with a grade of B or higher, is required of all Elementary students. The course must cover physical, intellectual, social and emotional development from the neo-natal period through at least middle childhood. Ideally this requirement is met prior to the start of the training program.

There are three ways to meet the requirement:

  • If the student completed the course within the last five years and passed with a grade of B or higher, the requirement is met. Send official transcript to MEIPN.
  • If the course was completed more than five years ago and passed with a grade of B or higher, send an official transcript to MEIPN and complete a reading assignment and take-home exam on books specified by the Course Director.
  • If the student has never taken this course it can be taken at Washington State community colleges under the course number EDUC115&. It can also be taken online through Seton Montessori Institute (  Enter “professional development” in the search field. Before committing to other options for completing this requirement, please send the specifics of the proposed course to MEIPN’s Training and Practicum Director for approval. Transcript must be provided upon completion.

Early Childhood Overview Requirement (required of students without an AMS recognized Early Childhood Credential only). The overview course covers Early Childhood Montessori Philosophy, Practical Life, Math and Language.

 Other courses include Philosophy, Observation, Classroom Leadership, Curriculum Design and Strategies, Language, Math, Geometry, History, Geography, Life Science, Earth and Physical Science, Movement and Physical Education, Fine Arts, Practical Life, Peace Education and Information Literacy. For course descriptions see MEIPN Student Handbook