UD Montessori Academy

Elementary Program

UDMTR partners with Montessori schools who wish to recruit and train new teachers by providing intensive coaching and instruction over the course of a two-year teacher residency program. The partner schools may identify and recruit teachers on their own, or can work with UDMTR to identify qualified teaching candidates. Existing Montessori school staff may train to be coaches providing internal support to residents. The resident teachers are employed by the partner school and are concurrently enrolled in the UDMTR program.

Upon successful completion, residents receive a MACTE-accredited (Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education) Elementary I and II, or Primary diploma. 

Program Schedule — Elementary Residents Cohort (age 6-12)

2024 (Elementary I/II) – The following 2-year program takes place June 2024 to July 2026.

  • Academic year 1 (2024-25)
    • June 16, 2024 — Signed MOU (memorandum of understanding) with school (due with 10% deposit)
    • July 1, 2024 — Payment deadline — balance of program tuition due
    • June-July 7, 2023 — Foundations Seminar (online)Online self-paced prerequisite course: required for Elementary residents without Montessori Primary Certification (available to residents after course deposit is processed).
    • July 8-Aug. 9, 2024 — Summer Session I – Five-week intensive kick-off course takes place at First State Montessori Academy in Wilmington, Delaware, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday in person / Friday virtual.
    • Six weekend seminars — October 11-12, 2024; November 8-9, 2024; January 17-18, 2025; February 14-15, 2025; March 21-22, 2025; April 11-12, 2025.
    • Other program components — Each program year (academic year) also includes 20 coaching sessions (1 hour per week of observation and debrief), 20 lesson studies either on-site or remotely, 2 field supervision visits, 4 virtual surround sessions (asynchronous with a 1 hour synchronous session) plus assignments; classroom observations and completion of Montessori albums.
  • Academic year 2 (2025-26)
    • July – Aug. 2025 Summer Session II – Five-week intensive on Montessori materials and lessons. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday in person / Friday virtual. Specific dates to be determined.
    • Six weekend seminars—
    • October TBD 2025; November TBD 2025; January TBD 2026; February TBD, 2026; March TBD 2026; April TBD, 2026.
    • Other program components — see above
  • June 2026 — Summer Session III 
    • Preparation Sessions for final exams
    • Final submission of albums, rationales, final written and oral examinations

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