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The only program located in the Northeastern US, with an international reach combining Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher training with a graduate education.

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2 Programs Available

Choose between two distinct programs: Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education.

Dual Curriculum. Singular Purpose.

A partnership between the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE).

Training Translates to Credits

Students have the opportunity to receive credits for completing the AMI teacher-training program (some exceptions apply).

Innovative Preparation

Coursework is fully online, though students complete all Association of Montessori International training face-to-face. You can begin the online program with your Montessori training or after completion of your Montessori training. The choice is yours.

7-week courses

No need to wait. There are three entry points each year. The next start date is 1/22/2020.

Convenience

Complete coursework anytime and anywhere you have an internet connection.

12 months

Students entering the program with an AMI diploma can earn their graduate degree in just one year by attending two semesters and one summer.

Flexible

Students may take as few as just one online class at a time for a healthy work/life balance.

Learning Online at Hartford

The Master of Education with a Montessori Concentration (MEd) is a partnership between the University’s College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions (ENHP) and the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE). Through this unique partnership, students can deepen their knowledge of Montessori methods through practical interaction with public school curriculum and contexts.

Our Montessori partner, the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE), is a recognized AMI-teacher training center managed by the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) in Hartford, Connecticut. CREC opened MTCNE in 2003, providing AMI-teacher preparation courses in primary (3­–6 year-olds) and elementary education (6­–12 year-olds). In addition to preparing students for the internationally recognized AMI diploma, the Center provides consultation and professional development opportunities for private and public Montessori schools throughout the United States.

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The coursework is fully online, though students complete all Association of Montessori Internationale training face-to-face.

We offer three distinct areas of focus:

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with a Montessori Concentration combines the AMI Primary Training Course with graduate classes in early childhood education.
Master of Education in Elementary Education with a Montessori Concentration combines the AMI Elementary Training Course with graduate classes in elementary education.
Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with AMI Assistant to Infancy combines the AMI Assistants to Infancy Training with graduate classes in early childhood education.

What sets us apart

High-quality training and professional development within a community of vibrant public and private Montessori schools.
Opportunities for qualitative and quantitative research in Montessori education with faculty mentors.
Online mode of instruction allows for self-directed study. No specific login times are required; you can access the program from anywhere in the world.
Three opportunities to begin the program – fall, spring, or summer. You can begin the program with your Montessori training or after completion of your Montessori training.
Montessori course credits are available at a significantly reduced “partnership rate.
Meaningful support through our unique partnership with MTCNE and guidance through the admissions process to graduation. Click here to access Montessori Concentration “Frequently Asked Questions” for more details.

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As a traditional, nonprofit institution chartered in 1957, we are regionally accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE).

Questions or Concerns

Please direct questions to your dedicated Online Admissions Counselor

860.788.4626
online@hartford.edu

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. If you would like to get started with the financial aid process, please fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.ed.gov using the University of Hartford school code: 001422.

Admissions Overview

Both of our MEd programs are for students currently enrolled in an AMI teacher-training program or for those who have completed an AMI teacher-training program within the past five years. If training occurred more than five years ago, then the applicant must provide documentation of active practice in a Montessori setting within the last 10 years. MTCNE completes verification of employment and your AMI Diploma. To be considered for admission you will need the following:

A bachelor’s degree
Minimum undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (conditional admission may be offered on a case-by-case basis if GPA is below 3.0)

You need to be accepted to the University of Hartford and the Montessori Training Center Northeast to matriculate in the program. Qualified applicants will fit into one of three classifications:

  1. Apply and be accepted to both institutions
  2. Be accepted to the University of Hartford and be currently enrolled in AMI training
  3. Be accepted to the University of Hartford and have completed your AMI diploma (see specifics below)

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Program Requirements and Course Details

Master of Education in Early Childhood Education with Montessori Concentration

Candidates complete 18 credit hours at the University of Hartford, typically during one summer session and two semesters. Additionally, candidates complete 15 credits of coursework undertaken during the Montessori diploma preparation. To graduate, candidates complete a total of 33 credits, which include professional preparation as a Montessori-trained teacher and complementary,  early childhood education coursework.

EDY 620 Planning and Administering Early Childhood Education Programs
EDY 630 Model Programs in Early Childhood Education
EDY 640 Theory and Research in Early Childhood Education
EDY 644 Birth-Kindergarten Integrated Curriculum
EDY 646 Observation and Assessment in Early Childhood (for the Montessori Guide)
EDY 647 Working with Families: Child, Home, Community
EDYM 500 Fundamentals of Montessori Methods
EDYM 510 Montessori Developmental and Social Skills
EEDYM 520 Perceptual Motor Development
EDYM 530 Montessori Language Arts Reading Curriculum
EDYM 540 Montessori Practicum
Culminating comprehensive exam
Your AMI training is translated into specific University course credits towards the following courses (billed at the reduced partnership rate of $100 per credit): EDYM 500, EDYM 510, EDYM 520, EDYM 530, and EDYM 540.
Master of Education in Elementary Education with Montessori Concentration

Candidates complete 21 credit hours at the University of Hartford, typically during one summer session and two semesters. Additionally, candidates complete 16 credits of coursework undertaken during the Montessori diploma preparation. To graduate, candidates complete a total of 37 credits, which include professional preparation as a Montessori-trained teacher and complementary, early childhood education coursework.

EDR 550 Fundamentals of Reading Instruction
EDR 544 Reading and Language Arts Instruction
EDH 510 Theoretical Foundations: Children and Adults with Special Needs
EDE 664 Elementary Math Methods
EDP 540 Applied Developmental and Learning Theories
EDE 662 Planning and Assessing: Elementary
EDT 663 Computers as Instructional Tools
EDEM 500 Child Development and Montessori Philosophy
EDEM 510 Montessori Approach to Mathematics and Geometry
EDEM 520 Montessori Approach to Humanities
EDEM 530 Montessori Approach to Sciences
EDEM 540 Montessori Classroom Methods and Practicum
Culminating comprehensive exam
Your AMI training is translated into specific University course credits towards the following courses (billed at the reduced partnership rate of $100 per credit): EDEM 500, EDEM 510, EDEM 520, EDEM 530, and EDEM 540. 36 total credits (can transfer in a maximum of 6 credits, with graduate director’s approval)

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