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Frequently Asked Questions

If you want to know more about our bachelor’s degree with Montessori education concentration program, please see frequently asked questions below. Click on the question to expand the answer.

Admission and Financial Aid

What is the application deadline for this program?

You may apply at any time as we have rolling admissions at the University of Hartford. Aim to apply at least two months prior to the start of the semester in which you'd like to enroll. Check the Academic Calendar to find out when the next semester begins.

Are there special requirements for international students?

If you are an international student, please contact our International Admission office to learn about any additional requirements that may affect you.

What are the program costs?

  • For the most up-to-date tuition costs at the University of Hartford, visit our Tuition Rates page.

  • Housing and meal plans are available, though the costs are separate from tuition. Visit our Student & Housing Fees page to learn more.

  • Your AMI training is included in the cost of tuition.

  • Books, materials, and student expenses are additional.

Are financial aid or scholarships available?

Yes! Financial aid and tuition assistance is available to those who qualify. If you would like to get started with the financial aid process, please fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov using the University of Hartford school code 001422.

In addition, Montessori-specific scholarships are available through the generosity of the James Walton Montessori Scholarship Fund. For more information about these scholarships, click here or contact Paige M. Bray, Director of Montessori Studies, at:

Do I pay MTCNE for my Montessori coursework separately?

Your AMI training is included in the cost of tuition.

Curriculum

What is the program curriculum and how many credits do I need to graduate?

The University of Hartford offers two pathways to earn a bachelor's degree with a Montessori concentration: 

For students starting a bachelor's degree
Minimum of 138 credit Bachelor of Science program
  • Includes 30 credits of AMI training
  • Additional coursework in Montessori studies that supports the AMI training
  • Designed to be completed in four years
  • Observation and practice teaching components

Successful completion results in:

  • BS in Early Childhood or Elementary Education with a Montessori Concentration
  • AMI Diploma - Primary (ages 3-6) or Elementary (ages 6-12)
  • CT State Teaching Certificate - Early Childhood or Elementary
 
For students continuing or finishing a bachelor's degree:

121 credit Bachelor of Arts program

  • Includes 46 credits of AMI training
  • Part-time or full-time program
  • Observation and practice teaching components
  • Online course options
  • Qualifying transfer credits accepted

Succesful completion results in:

  • BA in University Studies with a Montessori Concentration
  • AMI Diploma - Assistant to Infancy (Birth-age 3), Primary (ages 3-6) or Elementary (ages 6-12)
  • Eligibility for CT State Teaching Certificate Montessori Endorsement

How long will it take me to complete the program?

For students starting a bachelor's degree, the program is designed to be completed in four years.

For students continuing or finishing a bachelor's degree and bringing transfer credits, you can complete the program part-time or full-time in four years or less.

Can I teach in a public Montessori school in Connecticut when I graduate?

Yes. When you successfully complete this program, you will have a bachelor’s degree with Montessori education concentration, an AMI Diploma (Primary or Elementary), and one of the following depending on your program: CT State Teaching Certificate Early Childhood, Elementary, or Montessori Endorsement.

Will the University of Hartford accept transfer credits from another accredited university?

Yes. A very generous number of credits are accepted as transfer credits for the Bachelor of University Studies with a Montessori concentration. The program is designed for students who may have previous college experience and are interested in finishing a baccalaureate degree.

Can credits issued for AMI training be transferred to other accredited universities for undergraduate credit?

No, they cannot be transferred to another university.

If I already have a bachelor’s degree, should I enroll in this program in order to become a Montessori teacher?

No. This program is designed for those who do not yet have a bachelor’s degree.  If you already have a bachelor's degree, you can take the AMI training as a stand-alone or combine the training with a University of Hartford Master of Education degree.  To learn more, visit our Master of Education with Montessori Concentration page.

Admission / Application Process

How do I apply?

Students starting a bachelor's degree for the first time should apply through the main Admissions site at www.hartford.edu/apply.

Students continuing or finishing a bachelor's degree should apply at www.hartford.edu/montessori-apply

 

How can I find out more?

  • Attend an information session – in person or on a webinar. Check here for more details.

  • Complete the inquiry form here

  • Email medmtcne@hartford.edu

Housing

Does this program require residency?

Yes, the AMI Montessori training takes place on site in Hartford. However, many of the general education and elective courses for the Bachelor of Arts in University Studies are offered online.

Are housing options available?

Yes. Students matriculated into the program are eligible for University housing. Non-matriculated students are responsible for their own housing.