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Early Childhood Studies with Early Childhood Montessori Credential

Early Childhood Studies with Early Childhood Montessori Credential

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The Accelerated Adult Degree Program of Chestnut Hill College's (AADP) Early Childhood Studies program offers a Montessori Credential.  Courses on the philosophy and educational theory of Dr. Maria Montessori and the application of her method prepare students for the internship in a Montessori classroom.

Chestnut Hill College is one of only eleven colleges/universities in the U.S. offering a Montessori program as part of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. Chestnut Hill College’s program is an affiliate of the American Montessori Society (AMS) and is accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

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AADP Program Options:

  • B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Montessori Early Childhood Credential 
  • Montessori Early Childhood Credential, non-credit

The Program Description

The B.S. degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Montessori Early Childhood Credential requires 122 credits including the 29 credits in Montessori courses plus a seminar and a year-long internship. A course in Child Development/Psychology is required, if not previously taken at a college level.


Major Core Requirements

In addition to Core Liberal Arts, 65 credits are required in the major. The Major Requirements are:

  • UEP4 201 – Developmental/Early Years
  • UEP4 203 ECE Foundations/Observation
  • UEMN 220 Montessori Philosophy & Educational Theory
  • UEMN 221 Montessori Everyday Living/Art
  • UEMN 222 Montessori Sensorial/Music
  • UEMN 223 Montessori Mathematics
  • UEMN 224 Montessori Language & Literacy
  • UEMN 230 Montessori Natural and Social Science
  • UEMN 226 Montessori Education for Peace
  • UEMN 407 Montessori Fall Seminar
  • UEMN 405 Montessori Fall Internship
  • UEMN 408 Montessori Spring Seminar
  • UEMN 406 Montessori Spring Internship
  • UEP4 301 Health and Safety Methods
  • UEMA 156 Math for Early Education
  • UESO 128 Diversity Issues or UEMG 315 Cultural Competence
  • UESP 312 Reading Interventions/Diverse Learners
  • UESP 340 Introduction to Special Education
  • UESP 390 ESL Foundations and Methods


Major Elective Requirements

Any four of the following courses are required as major electives:

  • UEP4 314 Creative Arts Methods
  • UEP4 207 Early Literacy
  • UEP4 202 Educational Psychology
  • UEED 226 Issues in Supervision of Programs for Young Children
  • UEED 227 The Business of Childcare
  • UEED 228 Leadership and Administration of Programs Young Children
  • UEPS 207 Infant/Toddler Development
  • UEED 246 Educational Technology
  • UEP4 320 PreK-4 Assessment


Montessori requirements are held at Chestnut Hill College’s main campus.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this program qualifies a student for an Early Childhood Credential from the American Montessori Society (AMS), entitling the graduate to work with children from the ages of two and a half to six years of age in a Montessori environment.

According to the American Montessori Society, 2017 Compensation and Benefits Survey Report, the average salary for an Early Childhood Montessori Teacher with a Bachelor’s degree is $42,000. Other career opportunities include: Montessori Guide (teacher), Head of School, Educational Coordinator, Private Tutor and Montessori Adult Instructor.

Contact Information

Marjorie Horton
Montessori Teacher Education Program