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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 or universities in the US offering a Montessori program as part of a Master’s or Bachelor’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).

Program Options

  • 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
  • Master's degree or non-credit options can be completed in two years

Career Opportunities

  • Montessori Guide (teacher)
  • Head of School
  • Educational Coordinator
  • Private Tutor
  • Montessori Adult Instructor

According to the American Montessori Society (AMS) 2017 Compensation Survey, the average salary for a Montessori Early Childhood Teacher with a Master’s degree is $45,300.

Montessori Courses

  • Development/Early Years
  • Montessori: Philosophy & Education Theory
  • Montessori: Everyday Living/Art
  • Montessori: Sensorial/Music
  • Montessori: Math
  • Montessori: Language
  • Montessori: Natural and Social Sciences
  • Montessori: Education for Peace
  • Montessori: Fall Internship & Seminar
  • Montessori: Spring Internship & Seminar

Number of Credits for Montessori Credential: 32


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

Financial Assistance

FAFSA for Financial Aid. AMS scholarships.

For further information, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions: or the Montessori Teacher Education Program,

Admission Requirements

To apply for the Master’s Degree in Early Education with the Montessori Credential in the School of Graduate Studies:

  1. Complete application. Apply Online to the Graduate School. Submit official transcripts of all previous college and university study.
  2. Two letters of recommendation required from academic or professional sources-personal references not accepted. Recommendation form to be submitted to CHC by recommenders.
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae (CV) describing all education, professional work, volunteer experience, and appropriate information regarding knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  4. Professional Essay – (400-600 words) describing your academic and professional goals, your motivation to pursue further study, and how you hope to contribute to the Montessori Community.
  5. Application Materials should be sent to

Students wishing to enroll in the non-credit Montessori Credential Program should contact the registrar (

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Contact Information

Marjorie Horton
Montessori Teacher Education Program

Graduate Admissions