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Course summary

Study one of the only specific Montessori Early Childhood Studies degrees to become a Montessori teacher. Study in Chelmsford or by distance learning, including a Montessori placement. Our BA (Hons) Montessori Early Childhood Studies degree is the right course for you if you’re interested in working in a Montessori and Early years context. This first of its kind, this course will develop your knowledge enabling you to become a competent Montessori teacher. You’ll explore the Montessori method of education focusing on the three elements of the Montessori Dynamic triangle: the child, the environment and the teacher. We’ll work together to explore the Montessori materials and the presentations that support children’s learning and development, giving them opportunity for self-direction, while you guide them on their journey to self-discovery. Focusing on Montessori’s own writings, you’ll study her theories of the secrets of childhood and the importance of supporting the child to reach their full potential. You’ll learn from staff who are academics and qualified Montessori practitioners. During your studies you’ll reflect on child development, cosmic education, social justice, inclusion. You'll develop your ability to critically reflect on experiences and will have a broad and balanced societal view supported by theoretical knowledge and research evidence. On the face-to-face version of this course, you'll only be required to attend campus once a week. Our Education courses ranked 7th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2024. Throughout your degree, you’ll work towards achieving the core Early Years Graduate Practitioner Competencies, with placement, that ensure you qualification is full and relevant for a Montessori graduate. Undertaking placements in a Montessori setting gives you great practical, hands-on experience needed to be successful in the sector. You’ll be able to study flexibly with us, on-campus or distance learning, and we’ll equip you with the knowledge and skills to enter an ever-changing early years workplace and make a difference to the children you work with. It is important to us that you graduate as a well-rounded individual, with a passion for the Montessori pedagogy and early years children, so throughout our course we’ll provide the necessary support and tools for you to succeed. We’ll give you the opportunities to flourish as an autonomous, active learner by providing you with ongoing feedback and personalised teaching approaches and resources based on your needs, interests, and experiences. Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies (ECGPC) When you study with us, you’ll complete the ECGPC. This is a professionally recognised framework that will enhance your employability and provide some clarity for your prospective employers as to the graduate level of your achievements. These competencies are included on the QAA Early Childhood Studies Subject Benchmark Statements with practice at Level 6 recognised by the DfE. You’ll meet the nine competencies through assessed observation of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment. Careers We’ve worked with employers in designing our BA (Hons) Montessori Early Childhood Studies, to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. We’ve also been guided by The Children’s Workforce Development Council and the Early Years Professional Framework. Whether in nurseries or pre-schools, you’ll be qualified to work in any registered setting in England as a Montessori teacher, or in leadership roles. Or maybe you’ll want to continue your studies at ARU, with options including our MA Education with Montessori and PGCE. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.


Year 1 Core Modules: Play, Health and Wellbeing; Researching Childhood; Early Childhood Graduate Competencies; Theoretical Montessori Foundations; Montessori Curriculum 1. Year 2 Core Modules: Embracing Diversity; Supporting Children's Learning 1:Comparing Curricula; Early Childhood Graduate Competencies; Safeguarding Children; Montessori Curriculum 2; Ruskin Module. Year 3 Core Modules: Children's Rights; Undergraduate Major Project; Montessori Leadership and Management; Change and Sustainability in a Montessori Context; Early Childhood Graduate Competencies; Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed using both academic and practical tasks to evaluate your knowledge and understanding. Assessment methods used will be, for example essays, professional reports, videos, and various presentation elements.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants who already hold a Level 4 qualification in Montessori, could be considered for ‘Advanced Entry’ into Year 2

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1

Additional fee information
Montessori Early Childhood Studies (Graduate Practitoner) at Anglia Ruskin University - UCAS