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Early Childhood Montessori Credential


The College's Montessori Teacher Education Program is a specialization under the College’s Early Childhood Education Program. 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 11 colleges or universities in the U.S. offering a Montessori program as part of a bachelor’s or master's degree, accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) and affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS).

Program Options

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

Program Format

Designed for the working adult, this program is offered in the following format:

  • Classes meet in the evenings once a week
  • Courses are offered in a face-to-face, hybrid and/or online delivery format during the fall, spring, and summer semesters

Program Description

The Montessori Credential Program consists of seven courses plus a seminar course and a yearlong internship (29-32 credits). Child Development/Psychology is required, if not previously taken at a college level.

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 in a Montessori environment.

According to the American Montessori Society Compensation and Benefits Survey Report from 2017, the average salary for an Early Childhood Montessori Teacher with a bachelor’s degree is $42,000 and $45,300 with a master's degree. Other career opportunities include: Montessori Guide (teacher), Head of School, Educational Coordinator, Private Tutor, and Montessori Adult Instructor.


Montessori courses are held in the Montessori practice lab classroom, located in the Logue Library on Chestnut Hill College’s main campus.


To apply for the bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Studies with the Montessori Credential in the Accelerated Adult Degree Program (AADP), please complete the online application for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (Adult Degree). For more information, email or fill out the inquiry form here.

To apply for the master’s degree in Early Education with the Montessori Credential, please complete the online application for the Graduate School. For more information, email or fill out the inquiry form here.

Students wishing to enroll in the non-credit Montessori Credential Program should contact the Registrar ( to request an application.

For more information about the Montessori Program, please contact Marjorie Horton, M.A., Director of the Montessori Program at

Financial Assistance

Students may be eligible for Financial Aid, Pell and PHEAA Grants, T.E.A.C.H., and AMS scholarships. For further information, please contact

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Contact Information

Marjorie Horton
Montessori Teacher Education Program

Graduate Admissions