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If you want to know more about our Montessori Concentrations Programs please see frequently asked questions below. Click on the question to expand the answer.

Curriculum

How many University credits are required for each program? How long does it take to complete each program?

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Concentration will  need  to complete 18 credit hours at the University. Students typically complete these credit hours in 1 summer and 2 semesters (see next section on the program sequence).

  • EDY 620 Planning and Administering Early Childhood Education Programs
  • EDY 630 Model Programs in Early Childhood Education
  • EDY 640 Theory and Research in Early Childhood Education
  • EDY 644 Birth–Kindergarten Integrated Curriculum
  • EDY 646 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood (for the Montessori Guide)
  • EDY 647 Working with Families: Child, Home and Community
  • EDYM 500 Fundamentals of Montessori Method
  • EDYM 510 Montessori Developmental and Social Skills
  • EDYM 520 Perceptual Motor Development
  • EDYM 530 Montessori Language Arts Reading Curriculum
  • EDYM 540 Montessori Practicum
  • Culminating Comprehensive Exam


Master of Education in Elementary Education with Montessori Concentration candidates will need to complete 21 credit hours at the University. Students typically complete these credit hours in 1 summer and 2 semesters (see program sequence below)

  • EDR 550 Fundamentals of Reading Instruction
  • EDR 544 Reading and Language Arts Instruction
  • EDH 510 Theoretical Foundations: Children and Adults with Special Needs
  • EDE 664 Elementary Math Methods
  • EDP 540 Applied Developmental and Learning Theories
  • EDE 662 Planning and Assessing: Elementary
  • EDT 663 PK-6 Science and Technology in the Classroom
  • EDEM 500 Child Development and Montessori Philosophy
  • EDEM 510 Montessori Approach to Mathematics and Geometry
  • EDEM 520 Montessori Approach to Humanities
  • EDEM 530 Montessori Approach to the Sciences
  • EDEM 540 Montessori Classroom Methods and Practicum
  • Culminating Comprehensive Exam

What is the program sequence of courses for the MEd in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Concentration?

Your AMI training is translated into University credits that apply to following courses only, which are billed at the partnership rate of $100 per credit:

  • EDYM 500 Fundamentals of Montessori Methods
  • EDYM 510 Montessori Developmental and Social Skills
  • EDYM 520 Perceptual Motor Development
  • EDYM 530 Montessori Language Arts Reading Curriculum
  • EDYM 540 Montessori Practicum

Montessori Class Schedule

Students may begin the three semester sequence in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.

(Please note that the Summer term begins in June and consists of one 7-week session).

What is the program sequence of courses for the MEd in Elementary Education with Montessori Concentration?

Your AMI training is translated into University credits that apply to following courses only, which are billed at the partnership rate of $100 per credit:

  • EDEM 500 Child Development and Montessori Philosophy EDEM 510 Montessori Approach to Mathematics and Geometry EDEM 520 Montessori Approach to Humanities
  • EDEM 530 Montessori Approach to the Sciences
  • EDEM 540 Montessori Classroom Methods and Practicum

Then, the program Elementary Courses are sequenced as follows and billed at the current graduate education per credit rate:
Montessori Class Schedule
Students may begin the three semester sequence in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.

(Please note that the Summer term begins in June and consists of one 7-week session.)

Does the program prepare students for certification in the state of Connecticut?

The MEd Montessori Concentration programs facilitate a recommendation for certification in two ways:

Unique Endorsement #110
  • After successful completion of the required courses (see link below), students will be eligible to apply directly to the state of Connecticut for a Connecticut State Teacher Certificate with Montessori Unique Endorsement #110, which allows them to teach in public Montessori schools.
  • For more information go to  Unique Endorsement #110 http://www.crec.org/mtcne/Unique%20Endorsement%20110.pdf. Note: Students who successfully complete the Master of Early Childhood Education need to complete 9 additional credit hours to be eligible for the Unique Endorsement #110 State Teaching Certificate.

Who should I ask about Montessori and what this degree can do for me if I want to learn more about the program?

Lisbeth Harrison, Montessori Partnership Liaison, medmtcne@hartford.edu

Paige Bray, EdD
Director of Montessori Concentrations
University of Hartford
860.768.4553                                                              

Tim Nee
Managing Director
Montessori Training Center Northeast
860.509.3650

Admission / Application Process

How do I submit my application to the University of Hartford for one of the MEd with Montessori Concentration programs?

Further information in our brochure:

http://www.hartford.edu/enhp/files/pdf/montessoribrochure.pdf

For a clear process we created this Check list: Application to Matriculation for you.

The University of Hartford (UH) with our partners at the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) are pleased to offer you the MEd with Montessori Concentration. While we work closely and have a shared partnership liaison (Lisbeth Harrison, medmtcne@hartford.edu), there are elements of the graduate application process that are yours to steward so please pay attention to the following:

  1. Application to the University of Hartford – Apply On-Line: http://banweb.hartford.edu/pls/prod/bwskalog.P_DispLoginNon

    You will need to submit the following required items with your online application:
    1. An essay describing your reasons for seeking admission to this program
    2. Two letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources (You may use MTCNE references as long as they are recent.) If you do not have current letters of recommendation, you may utilize the “Recommendations” section of the online application to submit names and email addresses for your references. Please inform your references that they will receive a link to an online reference form from the university via email. They will complete the reference form electronically and you will be notified via email when the completed recommendation form is submitted.
    3. An application fee of $50
  2. Submit AMI Coursework Translation  http://www.crec.org/mtcne/transfer.php

    Once complete this form is submitted automatically to the MTCNE partner in order to verify your AMI Diploma* or enrollment in an AMI-recognized training program**.
    * If there is any issue receiving your AMI Transcript, you will be contacted directly by medmtcne@hartford.edu or  lbrookman@crec.org.
    **If a graduate of MTCNE or enrolled in a teacher training course at MTCNE, you still need to complete this form.
  3. Request official transcripts from your bachelor’s degree-granting institution, and for any graduate coursework completed (particularly if your GPA is below 3.0) to be sent to:

    Center for Adult and Graduate Academic Services, CC231
    University of Hartford
    200 Bloomfield Avenue
    West Hartford, CT 06117

    Official transcripts may also be sent electronically through secured providers. Admissions decisions will not be made until official transcripts are on file.
  4. The Montessori Partnership Liaison will confirm the receipt of your AMI Coursework Translation. If you are in the process of completing your AMI training, once you have graduated from your AMI training program please confirm that your AMI coursework has been translated by partner, MTCNE, and sent to UH. If you do not get an email confirming the receipt of your AMI transcript after you have graduated from your AMI training program, contact lbrookman@crec.org.
  5. Once enrolled in Montessori Concentration partnership credits (EDYM or EDEM courses) please track your credit completion and grades posted. NOTE: Grades for courses “in progress” for a current semester cannot be posted until the end of that semester when the grade sheets are generated (see UH academic calendar). If you have not completed your training, courses may require a grade of “I” INCOMPLETE as UH awaits content verification from your AMI training/transcript.

Is there an application fee associated with either institution?

There is a $50 application fee for the University of Hartford application.

There is no application fee for MTCNE when applying to the University of Hartford, however, there is a transcript evaluation fee of $350 if you are transferring your AMI courses from another AMI training center. If you are currently enrolled in an AMI program other than MTCNE, there is a $100 fee for enrollment verification (this $100 is credited toward the $350 when your AMI transcript is available for evaluation upon your successful completion of the AMI training).

You do need to have your AMI diploma translated by MTCNE to reflect graduate credits by filling out the following form:  AMI Coursework Translation Form. You do not need spaceto provide the University of Hartford with a copy of your AMI transcript or diploma, the partner, MTCNE, will provide this directly.

Who should I contact regarding the admissions process and how to apply?

Online Graduate Admissions
University of Hartford
860.788.4626
online@hartford.edu

What is the application deadline?

All application items for both institutions (University of Hartford, Montessori Training Center Northeast) must be received at least two weeks before the start of classes. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. However, late applications may experience a delay in registration and access to courses, so early submission is highly recommended. Please contact Online Graduate Admissions at online@hartford.edu or 860-384-7494 for more information regarding start dates and application deadlines.

Do you need to be accepted at both institutions (University of Hartford, Montessori Training Center of Northeast) to be fully matriculated into the program?

Yes, you need to apply and be accepted to the University of Hartford and either be enrolled or verified through Montessori Training Center Northeast. Both competitive MEd programs are for students who are currently enrolled in an AMI teacher-training program, or have completed an AMI teacher-training program within 5 years. If training occurred more than 5 years ago then the applicant must provide documentation of active practice in a Montessori setting within the last 10 years. MTCNE completes verification of employment and your AMI Diploma.

How do I verify my AMI admission/enrollment or diploma?

Submit an AMI Coursework Translation form http://www.crec.org/mtcne/transfer.php to MTCNE in order to verify your AMI Diploma or enrollment (see below) in an AMI-recognized training program.

Do you need to have taken and passed the Praxis Core for entrance to this program?

No, you do not need to take the Praxis Core test for admission.

Are there special requirements for international students?

As of 2015 there is not a residency requirement in either program. The programs are fully online, thus International students do not need to enter the US for the program and are not required to provide a guarantor statement or complete a visa application.

However, all international transcripts must be evaluated by WES on a Basic course-by-course basis. International applicants, who incur the expense of having their non-U.S. academic degrees evaluated by WES, have their $50 application fee waived. Additionally, applicants who are not native speakers of the English Language must demonstrate proficiency via the TOEFL or IELTS.

New Students

How do I register for courses for my first term?

You will receive a program plan after your interview with the program director that outlines your program of study. (If you completed your interview with Lisbeth Harrison, Montessori Partnership Liaison, the program director will follow-up with you regarding your program plan if not already completed.) Once accepted, email your admissions counselor at online@hartford.edu requesting to be registered for your first term based on the courses listed in your program plan. In the body of this email, please indicate your desired registration term, name, date of birth, physical address, phone number, and email address. Your admissions counselor will provide the course registration numbers and will forward to the program director so you may be registered for your first term. You will receive an email confirmation with your completed registration.

When do I get my University of Hartford ID number and email address?

You will receive your University of Hartford ID number approximately 48 hours after acceptance to the program. Your student email account will be created 48–72 hours after acceptance to the program. You will receive a letter in the mail with this information.

How will I access my Master of Education with Montessori Concentration courses?

You will access your online courses through the University of Hartford Virtual Campus. This vibrant learning community and social network allows you to interact with faculty and students and engage in a variety of activities. You will be able to access the virtual campus within 48-72 hours of course registration at the following link: https://online.hartford.edu/vc/login.jsp. Your user name is your Hartford email address without the @hartford.edu and your password is your student ID number.

Who should I contact if I can’t log-in or have technical issues within a course?

If you have any issues logging into the Virtual Campus or forgot your password, please call our Office of Technology Services at 860.768.5999 for assistance. If you cannot see your course links or have a technical issue within a course, please contact Tech Support at 860.788.4626.

Are there any resources that will help me familiarize myself with the Virtual Campus?

Yes. Please take a moment to review the Getting Started Page (https://online.hartford.edu/vc/page.jsp?name=welcome) for helpful links, system check, and tech support information. Additionally, your course(s) will be available seven days before the start of classes to allow you time to explore the course structure, review the syllabus, and begin interacting with classmates.

Financial Aid and Transfer Credit

Is financial aid available?

Yes, aid is available upon acceptance to the University of Hartford for qualified applicants. Please contact the Student Financial Assistance at finaid@hartford.edu or 860.768.4296.

Can the credits issued for AMI Training be transferred to other accredited universities for graduate credit?

No, they cannot be transferred to another university. They can be applied toward your Master of Education in Early Childhood of Elementary Education with a Montessori Concentration at the University of Hartford. This is the only program located in Connecticut that combines AMI (Association of Montessori International) teacher training with a graduate degree.

What tuition costs are associated with the University of Hartford?

The partnership between MTCNE and the University recognizes your Montessori training and provides a discounted charge of only $100 per credit for AMI coursework that has been translated through MTCNE.

The current tuition rate for University of Hartford credits can be found here: http://www.hartford.edu/graduate/tuition.aspx.