Required Courses

The academic portion of the Elementary I course comprises 344 contact hours of instruction. This does not include the Child Development requirement, or Early Childhood Overview prerequisite (see below). Most of the course is delivered during a five week summer intensive term during the first summer, and a four week term the second summer. Elementary I Course students also participate in online course work during the school year. There is a two day midwinter seminar in January. 

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

Child Development Course Requirement:

A 3 to 5 quarter credit hour 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 this requirement:

  • If you completed the course within the last five years and passed with a grade of B or higher, you have met the requirement. Send an official course description and official transcript to MEIPN.
  • If you completed the course more than five years ago and passed with a grade of B or higher, you will take a Child Development Refresher course. Send an official course description and an official transcript of your  Child Development course to MEIPN. You will receive reading assignments and write papers specified by the Course Director.
  • If you have never taken this course, you can take it 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. Send an official transcript upon completion

Early Childhood Overview Requirement 

Students without a Montessori Early Childhood Credential from a MACTE-affiliated training program will take the 50-hour Early Childhood Overview prior to taking the Elementary course. The overview course covers Early Childhood Montessori Philosophy, Practical Life, Math and Language.