University Degree Programs

The Montessori Training Center Northeast has worked in partnership with the University of Hartford since 2007 when the Master of Education with Montessori Concentration degree program was established.  In 2017, the partners added a bachelor’s degree pathway to the offerings. We continue to work together to ensure students seeking an AMI diploma as part of a teacher credential have viable University pathways.

Bachelor Degree with Montessori Education Concentration

The bachelor’s degree with Montessori education concentration pairs the University of Hartford’s curriculum with Association of Montessori Internationale (AMI) teacher training offered exclusively through MTCNE, putting students on course to earn an internationally-recognized AMI diploma by the time they graduate. The undergraduate degree option with Montessori education concentration recognizes the strength of Montessori education and the intensive preparation of Montessori teachers.

The University of Hartford undergraduate education degree programs prepare candidates for entry-level teaching positions and are grounded in standards-based curricula that provide teacher candidates with relevant coursework in teaching and learning that leads to certification in specialized programs. Students in this program deepen their knowledge of Montessori methods through practical interaction with public school curriculum and contexts.

Students have the opportunity to earn an undergraduate degree with an Early Childhood or Elementary Montessori concentration from the University of Hartford along with an AMI Diploma awarded through MTCNE. Click here to learn more about this unique program.

Admissions to this program is done directly through the University of Hartford.

Interested in applying to the bachelor’s degree program? Submit a University of Hartford Undergraduate Application found online HERE.

Masters of Education (M.Ed.) with Montessori Concentration

The MEd with Montessori Concentration program is a graduate program designed for educators who want to specialize in Montessori education. While the program design acknowledges the in-depth understanding of the Montessori philosophy and methodology that is associated with the AMI teacher training, the university coursework focuses on broader aspects of education to support students in their growth as educators. The program includes both theoretical and practical components, allowing students to apply their knowledge in real-world classroom settings. Students have the opportunity to observe and interact with children in Montessori schools, gaining valuable hands-on experience. NOTE: Montessori credits are offered at a greatly reduced rate of $100 per credit. All other credits are paid for at the regular graduate credit rate for University of Hartford.

The MEd with Montessori Concentration program also emphasizes research and scholarship. Students engage in research projects and have the opportunity to contribute to the field of Montessori education through their work. They are encouraged to critically analyze current educational practices and explore innovative ways to enhance the Montessori approach.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills to become effective Montessori educators. They can pursue careers as lead teachers in Montessori schools, curriculum coordinators, administrators, or even start their own Montessori schools.

ELIGIBILTITY: Students enrolled in an AMI-recognized diploma course at MTCNE or other AMI affiliated training center have the opportunity to complete a Masters of Education Degree (M Ed) with a concentration in Montessori from the University of Hartford. The AMI teacher training is translated into 9 to 16 of the required Montessori credits needed for this degree.  MTCNE completes the verification of a valid AMI Diploma and relevant employment prior to completing the transcript translation.

For individuals that completed the AMI teacher training more than 5 years from the date of application to the graduate program, the applicant must provide documentation of at least one full school year of active practice in a Montessori school setting. The active practice must have occurred within the last 10 years. Active practice includes full time: a) classroom teaching, b) classroom assistant, c) school administration, and/or d) other experience upon consideration.

For more information regarding the University of Hartford Masters of Education with a Montessori Concentration, email

Interested in applying to the Master of Education with Montessori Concentration degree program at the University of Hartford? Submit a Graduate Application.

Please note that applicants to the MEd with Montessori concentration must have an AMI Diploma or be enrolled in an AMI affiliated diploma program at the time of application. Students seeking to verify an AMI diploma or enrollment in an AMI-recognized training program must complete the AMI Coursework Translation Request.


Connecticut State Teaching Certificate

AMI Diploma holders can obtain a special CT State Certification. This certificate enables AMI certified Montessori teachers to teach in any CT Public Montessori School.  The CT State Teaching Endorsement may be transferable to other state certificates. There are two categories for which people can get certified: Primary (#512) and Elementary (#511).  The requirements for the Teaching Endorsement #511 and #512 leading to the Connecticut State Certification are outlined here.  

AMI Coursework Translation Request

The Montessori Training Center Northeast processes all enrollment verification letters and Montessori graduate transcripts for the University of Hartford.

The Training Center will cover the cost of the transcript/enrollment verification processing fees for MTCNE alumni.  For all other students, the following processing fees must be paid prior to paperwork being delivered to the University of Hartford:

  • Enrollment Verification Letter processing fee is $100
  • Montessori Graduate Transcript processing fee is $400*

If you are unsure of what document you require at this time, please contact the University of Hartford.

Click here or the link below to order a Montessori Graduate Transcript or Enrollment Verification Letter.

*If you paid $100 in processing fees for the Enrollment Verification Letter, the Montessori Graduate Transcript processing fee is adjusted to $300.