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Early Childhood Studies with Infant/Toddler Montessori Credential - NEW!

Early Childhood Studies with Infant/Toddler Montessori Credential - NEW!

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The Accelerated Adult Degree Program of Chestnut Hill College's NEW Early Childhood Studies program offers an Infant/Toddler 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.

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AADP Program Options:

  • B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Studies with an Infant/Toddler Montessori Credential 
  • Montessori Infant/Toddler Credential, non-credit

The Program Description

The B.S. degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Montessori Infant/Toddler Credential requires 121 credits including the 22 credits in Montessori courses that include a fall and spring seminar and a year-long internship. The prerequisite course Montessori Philosophy & Educational Theory UEMN 220 is required for students who do not hold a Montessori Early Childhood Credential.


Major Core Requirements

In addition to Core Liberal Arts, 58 credits are required in the major. The Major Requirements are:

  • UEMN 220 Montessori Philosophy and Education Theory
  • UEPS 213 Development: Prenatal to 3 Years
  • UEMN 234 Infant/Toddler Montessori Philosophy and Observation
  • UEMN 235 Infant/Toddler Pedagogy and Environmental Design I
  • UEMN 236 Infant/Toddler Pedagogy and Environmental Design II
  • UEP4 201 Development/Early Years
  • UEP4 301 Health and Safety Methods
  • UEP4 318 Family and Community Partners
  • UESO 128 Diversity Issues
  • UESP 312 Reading Interventions/Diverse Learners
  • UESP 340 Introduction to Special Education
  • UESP 390 ESL Foundations and Methods
  • UEMN 451 Infant/Toddler Fall Seminar (2 credits)
  • UEMN 453 Infant/Toddler Spring Seminar (2 credits)
  • UEMN 450 Infant/Toddler Fall Internship
  • UEMN 452 Infant/Toddler Spring Internship


Major Elective Requirements

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

  • UEED 226 Issues in Supervision of Programs for Young Children
  • UEED 227 The Business of Childcare
  • UEED 228 Leadership and Administration of Programs for Young Children
  • UEP4 207 Early Literacy
  • UEP4 202 Educational Psychology/Early Years
  • UEP4 210 Teaching Reading with Trade Books
  • UEP4 314 Creative Arts Methods
  • UEED 245 Educational Technology


Major requirements are held at Chestnut Hill College’s main campus. Courses required for Infant/Toddler credential will be offered at The Philadelphia Chinese Academy and/or online.

Career Opportunities

Completion of this program qualifies a student for an Infant/Toddler Montessori credential, entitling the graduate to work with children from the ages of 0-3 years of age in a Montessori environment.

According to the American Montessori Society, 2017 Compensation and Benefits Survey Report, the average salary for a 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