ACCELERATED ADULT DEGREE PROGRAM - B.S. DEGREE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD STUDIES WITH THE MONTESSORI CREDENTIAL
Chestnut Hill 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 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).
- 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
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
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.
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.
Students may be eligible for Financial Aid, Pell and PHEAA Grants, T.E.A.C.H. and AMS scholarships
To apply for the Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies with the Montessori Credential in the Accelerated Adult Degree Program (AADP):
- Complete the online application for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies https://my.chc.edu/ICS/Admissions/
- If you do not have an associate’s degree, please submit a copy of your high school diploma or GED certificate.
- Submit official transcripts of all previous college and university study.
For more information about the Montessori Program, please contact Marjorie Horton, M.A., Director of the Montessori Program at email@example.com
For more information about the B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Studies with the Montessori Credential, please contact the Accelerated Adult Degree Program at 215-248-7063 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.