You believe children learn best through active engagement, using a wide variety of carefully designed materials.

montessori studentYou understand that classroom environments should foster the development of independence and self-discipline. You know children have an innate need to be part of a supportive community. These are the tenets of the Montessori approach, and they are the standards by which you will train in Lander's Montessori program.

The early childhood education program includes study and practice of specialized teaching methods appropriate for young children and a broad range of content preparation. Candidates who seek early childhood certification may opt to do the additional coursework for a Montessori endorsement at either the undergraduate or graduate levels.

All  teacher  education  programs at  Lander  University  are guided  by  Interstate  Teacher  Assessment  and Support  Consortium  (InTASC)  standards,  a  nationally  recognized model  which outlines  teacher competencies “to  ensure that  every  K-12  student  reaches the goal  of  being  ready  to  enter  college or  the workforce  in  today’s  world.”  InTASC  Standards,  listed  below, provide  direction  for  programs, courses, teaching  and  teacher  candidate assessment:

  1. Learner  Development
  2. Learning  Differences
  3. Learning  Environments
  4. Content  Knowledge
  5. Application of  Content
  6. Assessment
  7. Planning  for  Instruction
  8. Instructional  Strategies
  9. Professional  Learning  and  Ethical  Practice
  10. Leadership  and  Collaboration



Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

A. Core Skills


  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3

Approved Mathematics


B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives  
  HIST 101 Western Civilization (before 1600)
OR HIST 102 Western Civilization (1600–1918)
OR HIST 111 U.S. History to 1877
OR HIST 112 U.S. History since 1877
OR HIST 121 World Civilizations to 1600
OR HIST 122 World Civilizations since 1600 
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
    Approved Science or Mathematics 3
    Approved Lab Science 4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

F. World Cultures 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events


Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section


Section 1. Courses in Section 1 can be taken by students with Initial Status*  
EDUC 106 Field Experience IA 0.5
EDUC 204 Instructional Technology for Teachers 3
EDUC 210 Communication in Diverse Classrooms 3
MATH 203 Math for Elementary Teachers 3
Section 2. Courses in Section 2 can be taken by students with Provisional Status*  
EDUC 206 Field Experience IC 0.5
EDUC 207 Field Experience ID 1
EDUC 223 General Pedagogy 3
ECED 222 Child Growth and Development 3
ECED 227 Introduction to Early Childhood 3
SPED 223 Pre K-12 Student Diverse Learning Needs 3
MONT 474 Foundations of Reading Montessori Classroom 3
Section 3: Professional Education Content Preparation; courses in Section 3 must be taken together by students with Formal Status*  
EDUC 300 Content Area Reading and Writing 3
EDUC 302 Educational Assessment 3
EDUC 306 STEAM Instructional Design 3
EDUC 345 Instructional Practices of Teaching Reading 3
ECED 307 Health and Movement for Childhood 3
ECED 322 Science Pedagogy for Early Childhood 3
ECED 323 Math Pedagogy for Early Childhood 3
ECED 329 Field Experience II 2
MONT 470 Montessori Methods: Practical Life 3
MONT 471 Montessori Methods: Sensorial 3
MONT 472 Montessori Philosophy, Educational Theory and Administration/Parent Education 3
MONT 473 Methods of Observation and Classroom Leadership 3
MONT 475 Montessori Methods: Mathematics 3
MONT 493 Montessori Methods: Integrated Curriculum 3

Section 4: Professional Education Yearlong Internship; courses in Section 4 must be taken by students with Candidate Status* in a Fall/Spring sequence. Successful completion of PRAXIS II is required for enrollment in these course.

Fall Semester Courses:

ECED 429 Clinical Practice A 3
ECED 405 Children and Families 3
ECED 427 Social Studies for Early Childhood 3
SPED 321 Assessing and Teaching Reading to Needs 3
MONT 429 Practicum I 3
Spring Semester Courses:  
EDUC 461 Clinical Practice B 11
EDUC 499 Teacher Education Seminar 1
MONT 461 Practicum II 3
Total Major Requirements 99
Additional Electives 10

*Status, as defined below, is determined by factors which include, but are not limited to: PRAXIS Core scores, GPA, course completion, program assessments, and maintenance of professional dispositions.

  • Freshman Year: State Basic Skills Exam (PRAXIS Core)
  • Sophomore Year: Application for admission to major in Teacher Education; screening interview; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Junior Year: Application for student teaching; professional education GPA 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher
  • Senior Year: Content Area Exams (PRAXIS II) and PLT; professional education GPA of 3.00 or higher; cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher; Graduation Application; FALS
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses