University Studies

BA in University Studies, Montessori Concentration

The Bachelor of Arts in University Studies with a Montessori Concentration is for students who have previous college experience and wish to finish a bachelor's degree. You can complete the program on a part-time or full-time basis, and many of the courses may be taken online.

The program combines UHart's curriculum with Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher training, enabling you to earn an internationally-recognized AMI diploma. It is a partnership with the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), an AMI-teacher training center managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).

Only at UHart can you earn three credentials in as little as one year:
  • A bachelor’s degree
  • An AMI Montessori diploma
  • State teacher certification
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September 10, 2019

About the Major

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The Bachelor of Arts in University Studies with a Montessori Concentration is a 121 credit 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

Successful 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, Teaching Endorsement #511 or #512.  

Courses are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters to help you complete your degree faster. The Montessori concentration credits are completed on campus at the University of Hartford. Many of the general education and elective courses can be completed online.

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Career Outlook

For Placement Only

Montessori teachers are in high demand worldwide. There are about 4,500 Montessori schools in the U.S., both public and private, and more than 20,000 worldwide. Hundreds of job postings for trained Montessori teachers go unfilled each year.

As part of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Bold Goal we hope to increase AMI-trained teachers significantly over the next few years. The University of Hartford and Montessori Training Center Northeast will prepare more AMI teachers to work in current and anticipated new Montessori teacher positions.

Committed to the whole child.

Montessori teachers are committed to the development of the whole child and helping children and young people understand their place and contributions in our global community. Dr. Montessori saw education as more than simply passing on knowledge and skills but rather as a social reform movement leading to a better world for generations to come.

Visit montessoriguide.org for more information and videos about the Montessori approach to education.

Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Training

For Placement Only

To earn the Montessori education concentration, students will complete the equivalent of one year of AMI teacher training at the Montessori Training Center Northeast located at the University of Hartford. This training is delivered in person and requires residency. AMI training includes lectures, practice with materials, readings, papers, albums, four observation weeks, four to six practice weeks, written exams, and oral exams as the student delves into Montessori education.

There are three Montessori format options:

  • Academic year
  • Part-time academic year
  • Three summers

Upcoming MTCNE Courses available to Montessori bachelor’s degree students:

Primary (ages 3-6)

September 2019-May 2020
4-day a week course, Tuesday–Friday running from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m

Primary (ages 3-6)

Three summers format – June 2021, 2022, and 2023
5-day a week course, Monday–Friday running from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Elementary (ages 6-12)
September 2019–June 2021
3-day a week course, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
Elementary (ages 6-12)

Three summers format–June 2019, 2020, and 2021
5-day a week course, Monday–Friday running from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The most up-to-date course schedules may also be found on the MTCNE website.

Montessori Scholarships

In addition to the University's financial aid, Montessori-specific scholarships are available through the generosity of the James Walton Montessori Scholarship Fund. For more information about these scholarships, contact Paige M. Bray, director of Montessori studies, at bray@hartford.edu.

Apply

For Placement Only

Students continuing or finishing a bachelor’s degree should complete the following steps:

  • Complete the inquiry form for more information and updates about the program.
  • Complete the Nontraditional Student Application for the Montessori program and return it to the address at the end of the form
  • Submit Montessori Concentration supplemental materials:
    • Personal essay - see below
    • Interview

Financial Aid and Scholarship Information

Financial aid and tuition assistance are available to those who qualify. To get started with the financial aid process, please fill out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) at www.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. To be considered for the Walton Montessori Scholarship, please complete these three items:

  1. A personal essay: Your essay may be of any length, but should include relevant personal and/or professional background information and experiences that have prepared you for participation in the Montessori program. These experiences might include a story about learning, a class you took, your own experience with Montessori or the experience of someone you know.  (The Non-traditional Student Application already includes this essay.)
  2. References: Please provide the name, email and phone numbers of three references. We will contact them; they do not need to write recommendations.
  3. Interview: You will complete a scheduled interview with a program staff or faculty member.

For more information about these scholarships, contact Paige M. Bray, director of Montessori Studies, at bray@hartford.edu.

Admission and Financial Aid

What is the application deadline for this program?

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in University Studies programs 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 and Fees page.
  • Housing and meal plans are available, though the costs are separate from tuition. See the Tuition and Fees page for details.
  • 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, 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?

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

Successful 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, Teaching Endorsement #511 or #512.

How long will it take me to complete the program?

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 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.

How can I find out more?

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.

Additional Information

Find Out More

To receive information and updates about the program, please complete the form located here.

 

Program Contact

Paige M. Bray
Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education
Director of Montessori Studies
Department of Education
860.768.4553
medmtcne@hartford.edu

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