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Early Childhood Studies with a Montessori Credential

Early Childhood Studies with a 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 prepares 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.


Montessori courses are held in the Montessori practice lab classroom located in Logue Library 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