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What are the program requirements?

The Montessori program, which leads to a Montessori Early Childhood Credential, consists of seven courses plus a year-long internship with a year-long seminar course. Courses include Montessori Philosophy and Theory, Montessori Everyday Living, Montessori Sensorial/Music, Montessori Math, Montessori Language, Montessori Natural and Social Science and Montessori Education for Peace. A course in Child Development must be completed, if not already taken as a college course.

Can I earn a Bachelor’s Degree or a Master’s Degree with a Montessori Credential?

Yes, Chestnut Hill College’s Adult Degree Program offers a B.S. Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Montessori Credential.

The graduate Montessori program includes 29 graduate credits that can be applied toward a Master’s Degree in Early Education at Chestnut Hill College. Three more graduate-level education courses (9 credits) are needed to earn a Master's Degree in Eary Education. These education courses can be taken simultaneously with Montessori Credential courses. Child Development/Psychology is required if not previously taken at a college level.

How quickly can I finish the Montessori Credential Program and receive my credential?

Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Studies program leading to a Bachelor of Science degree will plan their program with an advisor. The BS degree program requires 122 credits. Program completion time depends on the number of transfer credits that are applied to the program and how many credits are taken each session.

Students enrolled in the Master’s Degree in Early Education with a Montessori Credential or in the non-credit Montessori Credential Program can complete the requirements for a Montessori credential within a two-year period. In the first year, courses are taken in the fall, spring, and summer terms. The second year involves a year-long student teaching internship, (approximately 9 1⁄2 months), in an approved Montessori school along with some course work including a seminar. Some students prefer to complete the program in a three-year period.

May I take the Montessori training without completing a degree program?

Those who wish the take the Montessori courses for non-college credit can do so and still earn an American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential. Course requirements are basically the same for both credit and non-credit courses. However, once you complete a course for non- credit, you cannot have it reversed for credit.

Where can I teach with this credential?

An American Montessori Society Early Childhood credential prepares you to teach in any private Montessori school or Child Development Center with children ages 2 1⁄2 to 6 years old.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, you must have at least 24 college credits in early childhood education to teach in a private school. Montessori courses taken for college credit count toward these 24 credits. Most Montessori schools in this state are private.
To teach in a public school setting, you will need to earn Pennsylvania State PreK-4 certification. At this time, there are only five public Montessori schools in Pennsylvania.

Are jobs available?

There are over 160 Montessori schools in Pennsylvania and over 5000 nationwide. There are numerous teaching opportunities available each year, which can be viewed in the Job Opportunities section of the American Montessori Society website. Job opportunities are also posted in our Montessori Resource Room. The employment rate of our graduates is close to 100%.

What is the cost of tuition?

For the 2020-21 academic year, tuition in the School of Graduate Studies is $640.00/credit. The approximate cost to earn a Montessori Early Childhood credential at the graduate level is $18,560 plus miscellaneous expenses such as a parking permit, printing costs, books, and materials.

For 2020-2021, the tuition is $550.00/credit for those students interested in completing their Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Studies with a Montessori Credential in the Accelerated Adult Degree Program. Miscellaneous expenses include a parking permit, printing costs, books, and materials, etc.

The non-credit tuition fee is $600.00/45-hour course. The approximate cost to earn a Montessori Early Childhood credential for non-credit is $5,800 plus miscellaneous expenses such as a parking permit, printing costs, books, and materials, etc.

Is financial aid available?

Prospective students should complete the FAFSA and may contact the Chestnut Hill College’s Office of Student Financial Services for information regarding financial aid at finaid@chc.edu or 215-248-7182.

Students in the undergraduate degree program may be eligible for Pell and PHEAA grants and the Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (T.E.A.C.H.) scholarship program. The American Montessori Society offers a limited number of scholarships each year. Application forms and information are available on the AMS web site www.amshq. org (click on “Teacher Education”) or call AMS 212-359-1250, x-1250.

Where and when are Montessori classes held?

Montessori courses are held on Chestnut Hill College’s main campus in the fully-equipped Montessori Practice Room located on the third floor of the Logue Library. The Montessori courses offered during the fall and spring semesters, are held in the evening, from 6:00-9:00 PM. Three-credit courses meet once a week for 15 weeks. Courses held in the summer usually meet for ten weeks, 1-2 days per week.

The year-long, half-day Montessori Internship must be in an approved Montessori school in a classroom environment with children in the 3-6 year age range for the early childhood level. Students may choose their own internship sites with approval from the Director of the Montessori Teacher Education Program. The Director will provide assistance with this process as needed. Some students acquire paid internship positions; others complete their internships as volunteers.

Can I teach younger or older children with this credential?

The American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential prepares you to teach children in the 2 1⁄2 -6 year age range. AMS credentials for other age levels require that you complete separate training programs. These programs include the Infant/Toddler (0 – 3 years), Elementary I (6 – 9 years), Elementary II (9 – 12 years), Secondary I (12 – 15 years) and Secondary II (12 – 18 years). At this time, Chestnut Hill College only offers the Early Childhood level.

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