Westminster's Institute for Montessori Innovation Earns Accreditation

Feb 20, 2013

Feb. 20, 2013 First cohort will earn prestigious credentials to fill industry shortage SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster's Institute for Montessori Innovation has earned accreditation from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and affiliation with the American Montessori Society (AMS).   Westminster completed MACTE's rigorous accrediting process with outstanding evaluations, especially in the work completed by the Montessori program's first cohort of students. Thirty three students enrolled in the intensive 8-week course, held the summer of 2012. After a year of student teaching they will earn a credential with prestigious MACTE and AMS approval.   "Our students showed such dedication and worked incredibly hard to produce work that shined in the accrediting process," said Dr. Robert Shaw, dean of Westminster's School of Education. "It is also demonstrates the expertise of the program faculty who are top leaders in Montessori education."   AMS is the largest professional Montessori society in the world. Its credentials are accepted by U.S. and international Montessori schools, giving graduates from Westminster's program a strong advantage in the marketplace. MACTE is the federal accrediting body for Montessori teacher education.   "Because of AMS's and MACTE's standing, our students receive a credential that is widely recognized and respected," said Michael Dorer, director of the Institute for Montessori Innovation. "There is a great demand for highly trained Montessori educators. I believe graduates of our program will have little trouble securing work."   Westminster's Institute for Montessori Innovation is the only Montessori education program offered through a college or university in the region and is Utah's only Montessori track to a Master of Education. The program offers teacher education at the early childhood and elementary levels in the Montessori Method. A generous grant from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation offers scholarships to Montessori schools to partially fund tuition of teachers sent to the program. The second year of the program begins June 2013. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu/montessori.

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Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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