For students starting a bachelor’s degree
Our bachelor’s degree with a Montessori education concentration offers an outstanding opportunity for education students. You can earn three credentials in one program:
- A bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood or Elementary education
- An Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Diploma
- State teaching certification
The program is a partnership between the University of Hartford and the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), an AMI-teacher training center managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC).
About the Major
Our Bachelor of Science program with a Montessori concentration offers multiple benefits that give you flexible career options:
- Global: Your AMI Montessori diploma is recognized around the world and provides a “passport” to teach internationally.
- National: Our program provides Connecticut teacher certification in Early Childhood or Elementary education that is recognized by 45 other states.
- Local: You’ll gain classroom experience in the many public and private Montessori schools in the Greater Hartford area.
- Learn on our beautiful Montessori campus at the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), an AMI teacher training center.
- Benefit from scholarship support for Montessori education students.
The Bachelor of Science degree with Montessori Studies is a minimum of 138 credits:
- Includes 30 credits of AMI training
- Additional coursework in Montessori studies that supports the AMI training
- Designed to be completed in four years
- Observation and practice teaching components
Successful completion results in:
- BS in Early Childhood or Elementary Education with Montessori Studies
- AMI Diploma – Primary (ages 3-6) or Elementary (ages 6-12)
- CT State Teaching Certificate – Early Childhood #113 or Elementary #305
The Bachelor of Science degree with Montessori Studies is a minimum of 138 credits. Students choose a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.
An approved subject-area major is required as part of any undergraduate education major. Students in the Montessori program take a subject-area major in Montessori Studies.
Montessori teachers are in high demand worldwide. There are about 4,500 Montessori schools in the U.S., both public and private, and more than 20,000 worldwide. Hundreds of job postings for trained Montessori teachers go unfilled each year.
Committed to the whole child
If you’re interested in an educational approach that focuses on the whole child, blending academics, social skills, life skills, the natural world, and joy in learning, Montessori may be right for you.
Montessori teachers are committed to the development of the whole child and helping children and young people understand their place and contributions in our global community. Dr. Montessori saw education as more than simply passing on knowledge and skills but rather as a social reform movement leading to a better world for generations to come.
As part of the Association Montessori Internationale’s (AMI) Bold Goal, we hope to increase AMI-trained teachers significantly over the next few years. The University of Hartford and Montessori Training Center Northeast’s programs will prepare more AMI teachers to work in current and anticipated new Montessori teacher positions.
For admission to programs in the Department of Education, 16 units of secondary subjects are expected and should include the following as minimal:
- English, 4 units
- Social studies, 2 units
- Foreign language, 2 units
- Science, 2 units
- Mathematics, 2 units (including 1 unit of algebra)
- Other academic subjects, 4 units
Professional Program Requirements
Education students must apply for admission to the professional program during the fall of sophomore year. Professional program admission requirements include:
- SAT, ACT or Praxis Core scores. Although the University does not require SAT, ACT or Praxis scores for admission, the State of Connecticut requires these scores for teaching certification.
- Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- The completed dispositions interview form.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Financial aid and tuition assistance are available to those who qualify. To get started with the financial aid process, please fill out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA) using the University of Hartford school code.
In addition to the University's financial aid, Montessori-specific scholarships are available through the generosity of the James Walton Montessori Scholarship Fund. To be considered for the Walton Montessori scholarship, please complete these three items:
- A personal essay: Your essay may be of any length, but should include relevant personal and/or professional background information and experiences that have prepared you for participation in the Montessori program. These experiences might include a story about learning, a class you took, your own experience with Montessori or the experience of someone you know.
- References: Please provide the name, email and phone numbers of three references. We will contact them; they do not need to write recommendations.
- Interview: You will complete a scheduled interview with the program staff or faculty member.
What is the application deadline for this program?
Applications for admission to the freshman class at the University of Hartford are considered on a "rolling basis" beginning in late September. The deadline for filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for financial aid consideration is February 15.
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