Montessori integrative learning

Montessori Integrative Education (M.Ed.)

This program addresses an evolution of Montessori insights for the current times. It honors the contributions of Maria and Mario Montessori and explores the ways in which the radical roots of the approach are still cogent. It acknowledges that the context and content for understanding the implications of the process have grown exponentially.

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The three-semester, 100% online, 36-credit Master of Education in Montessori Integrative Learning has three syllabus options:

1) For practitioners who wish to expand their existing knowledge and develop an “Area of Emphasis”
2) For lead teachers heads of schools, and school board members as well as other individuals who are interested in advancing Montessori ideas, but may not have a Montessori teaching credential
3) for those who wish to work with six- to twelve-year-olds. (This last option is designed for students who cannot attend training in-person and who do not need ‘official’ Montessori certification.) If you are enrolled in a certificate program with one of our partners you can receive credit for that training in the Master’s program. 

Requirements for admission include an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree and written responses to questions that are part of the application process. We are looking for self-directed learners who enjoy serious inquiry and are interested in applying and expanding Montessori concepts for lifelong learning. All pertinent program and application materials are located on the TIES website

Note: The Montessori Integrative Learning program is NOT linked to Massachusetts teacher licensure.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

• Articulate a deep understanding of integrative learning in written and oral exposition
• Apply what is learned in an experiential context
• Develop awareness of the social context and implications of the student’s area of emphasis
• Develop the ability to participate in a learning community and the personal development derived from collaborative experience
• Understand technology as an integral part of the education environment

Master’s Thesis (Culminating Project)

Students complete a Master’s Project (INT 510): a compilation of all the work completed during their studies. 
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Jeff Cummings '99, M.Ed. in Integrative Education (TIES)
"I often feel as though I maneuver through the daily tangles of higher education and I am constantly relying on my TIES education. I post the 4 agreements that relate very closely, and frankly sometimes I just want and need more …sometimes I want to reaffirm the TIES principles, sometimes I long for an update and an opportunity to be involved or engaged somehow to make sure I’m on the right track. 
I guess what I have realized now 13? years later is that the TIES educational experience is really more of a continuum than a terminal experience. Sometimes relying on the past is plenty and sometimes it would be very nice to get an update and reconnect with the power of TIES. 
I have no real idea what that means but it is interesting that your program has had an immeasurable effect on my attitude, energy, perspective, and ability to be a visionary leader in higher education. These are extraordinary times especially in California and the demands of being an educator are increasing almost daily. Learning outcomes, assessment, achievement, accountability, all being mandated by federal policy and legislation.
I have no expectation that any of this 
makes any sense but I do think about 
you and TIES often and I feel very 
fortunate to be a graduate of the program.”