College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions

BS in Education, Montessori Concentration

For students starting a bachelor’s degree

Our bachelor’s degree with a Montessori education concentration offers an outstanding  opportunity for education students. Only at the University of Hartford can you earn a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary education, an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma, and state teaching certification in a four-year program.

The program is a partnership between the University of Hartford and the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), an AMI-teacher training center managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).

Only at UHart

We are the only program where you can earn:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • An AMI Montessori diploma
  • State teacher certification

All in a four-year program.

About the Major

For Placement Only

Our Bachelor of Science program with a Montessori concentration offers multiple benefits that give you flexible career options:

  • Global: Your AMI Montessori diploma is recognized around the world and provides a “passport” to teach internationally.
  • National: Our program provides Connecticut teacher certification in Early Childhood or Elementary education that is recognized by 45 other states.
  • Local: You’ll gain classroom experience in the many public and private Montessori schools in the Greater Hartford area.
  • Learn on our beautiful Montessori campus at the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), an AMI teacher training center.
  • Benefit from scholarship support for Montessori education students
Program:

The Bachelor of Science degree with Montessori Studies is a minimum of 138 credits:

  • 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 Montessori Studies
  • AMI Diploma – Primary (ages 3-6) or Elementary (ages 6-12)
  • CT State Teaching Certificate – Early Childhood #113 or Elementary #305
Learn More

Watch our video to learn more about our Montessori bachelor’s degree program:

Degree Requirements

The Bachelor of Science degree with Montessori Studies is a minimum of 138 credits.  Students choose a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.

View the course requirements for the BS in Early Childhood Education here.

View the course requirements for the BS in Elementary Education here.

An approved subject-area major is required as part of any undergraduate education major. Students in the Montessori program take a subject-area major in Montessori Studies. View the courses for Montessori Studies here.

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.

If you’re interested in an educational approach that focuses on the whole child, blending academics, social skills, life skills, the natural world, and joy in learning, Montessori may be right for you.

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.

As part of the Association Montessori Internationale’s (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’s programs will prepare more AMI teachers to work in current and anticipated new Montessori teacher positions.

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

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.

Admission and Financial Aid

Students starting a bachelor’s degree program for the first time should apply through the main university admission site here.

Note: When completing the application, the intended program of study selected should be one of the following: Early Childhood Education/Montessori  OR Elementary Education/Montessori.

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. 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?

Applications for admission to the freshman class  at the University of Hartford are considered on a "rolling basis" beginning in late September.  The deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for financial aid consideration is February 15.

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. Visit the Tuition and 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, 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 Bachelor of Science program is a minimum of 138 credits:

  • 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 Montessori Studies
  • AMI Diploma – Primary (ages 3-6) or Elementary (ages 6-12)
  • CT State Teaching Certificate – Early Childhood #113 or Elementary #305

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.

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.

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?

  • Attend an information session – in person or on a webinar. Check here for more details.
  • Complete the inquiry form below

Email medmtcne@hartford.edu

Are housing options available?

Yes. Students accepted into the program are eligible for University housing.

Additional Information

Find Out More

To receive information and updates about the program, please complete the form at:

https://crectransportation.wufoo.com/forms/z5c9cd41fp2ql7

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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