BA (Hons) Montessori Early Childhood Studies

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Study one of the only specific Montessori Early Childhood Studies degrees to become a Montessori teacher. Study in Chelmsford or by distance learning.

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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, focussing 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 own theories of the secrets of childhood and on 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.

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Specialist facilities

Our Early Childhood Resource and Research Room is packed with toys, games and equipment where you’ll be able to experience a child’s eye view of the world.

Practical experience

As a Montessori Early Childhood Studies student at ARU you’ll benefit from:

  • a compulsory placement, in a Montessori setting, which we’ll support you in sourcing
  • additional volunteering and work experience, further professional development training opportunities, enrichment trips, research groups and various early childhood and education events
  • learning the underlying values, principles and philosophies of Montessori and care
  • knowledge of contemporary and competing theories relating to children from birth to eight years, and their families
  • enhancing your creativity and critical analysis, and show the potential to visualise and instigate change within practice
  • developing your communication skills for different needs and audiences
  • gaining a globally recognised bachelor degree qualification

Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies (ECGPC)

When you study with us, you’ll have the option to complete the ECGPC (Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies).

This is a professionally recognised framework that’ll 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 Department for Education (DfE).

You’ll meet the nine competencies through assessed observation of practice, practice-based tasks and academic assessment.


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.


"To the untrained eye, a game of tag is just children running riot. Look deeper and you see how much that child is learning from a simple game: spatial awareness, teamwork, taking turns, gross motor skills development, listening to instructions…”"


BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

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You have the option to take a placement as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in early years and education.

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