Kids enjoying summer 2017 camp activities - particularly "International Mud Day - at the University of Delaware's Laboratory Preschool. - (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)

The University of Delaware Montessori Teacher Residency (UDMTR) has partnered with the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector (NCMPS), to instruct and certify cohorts from participating schools in the Montessori Method.  Students-called residents-may include classroom teachers, assistant teachers and administrators.

The program will provide high-quality Montessori instruction and coaching that is school-wide, practice based and prepares teachers to work in the public sector, including a focus on family engagement, classroom management, meeting the needs of ELL and learners with special needs.

UDMTR currently offers Montessori study for the Elementary (6-12 years old) level. Options for auditing sessions are also available. 

Program Highlights

Multi-year study of Montessori education
  • Two years paid residency in Partnering school
  • Elementary course instruction (600 hours)
  • Production of Montessori albums


Embedded Academic Year Residency
  • Weekly Instructional Coaching
  • Four field site supervision visits each year of residency
  • Weekly cohort meetings built around Lesson Studies and Child Studies
  • Four weekend seminars each year of residency


Pre-requisites for enrollment in UDMTR
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Commitment of employment from a Partnering school.  UDMTR Advisory Council will be available to assist with placement in a Partnering school as necessary.

Course Overview/Schedule (subject to change)

Upon successful completion, Residents will receive a MACTE accredited Elementary diploma.

 Summer 1                                          July 9 – August 10, 2018                


Field Supervision Visits                 October 2018

                                                             May 2019


Year 1: 4 Seminars                          October/December 2018

                                                             February/May 2019          


Summer 2                                         July – August 2019               


Year 2: 4 Seminars                         October/December 2019

                                                            February/May 2020


Summer 3                                          July-August 2020

Tuition and Fee Information

Tuition for each program level is for the entire course, including academic sessions, resident or distance seminars, and online services.  Elementary tuition includes 15 comprehensive weeks of Montessori philosophy and practicum, spread over three summers, weekend seminars over the course of two years, weekly instructional coaching as well as cohort meetings during the course of residency.



UDMTR Course Overview

UDMTR Tuition and Fee Information

UDMTR Application


Contact Information

If you are interested in more information please contact either Linda Zankowsky or Kathy Kampe at