Education with Montessori MA
Specialise your teaching with our groundbreaking Montessori Master’s degree and nurture children’s learning through Montessori education with the first degree of its kind in the UK.
This course is studied 100% online
1 or 2 years
Choose to study in 1 or 2 years
30th June 2023
Payment plans available
Please note: See our 'Fees and funding' section for full course fees and the options available to help fund your studies.
- Be one of the first Montessorians to hold a Montessori Master’s degree
- Develop your expertise in Montessori, providing opportunities for career progression in a variety of roles
- 100% online learning gives you the flexibility to fit your study around other commitments
What our students say
The MA has helped me see the job with new eyes and added some new dimensions into how I teach.
Underpinning theoretical concepts into my practice has enabled me to influence and undertake change.
About your course
If you’re passionate about making a positive impact on young children’s learning and seek to enhance your understanding of alternatives to more formal teaching methods, then our 100% online Education with Montessori MA is the course for you. You’ll advance your knowledge and understanding of the key principals of Montessori though an interactive Montessori process experience in learning. Successful completion of this Master’s degree will open up a wide range of employment opportunities. You’ll study online giving you the flexibility to develop your career around your other commitments.
A Montessori education is an increasingly recognised approach to early childhood learning and development. It is a child-led method of learning that despite being more than a century old as a philosophy, is only recently becoming a considered educational approach for the developing of skills and learning in young children.
Our Montessori Master’s degree is the first ever in the UK and it will give you an excellent understanding of the principals of the Montessori approach to early childhood and primary education, and allow you to lead the way in new teaching approaches. You’ll advance your knowledge of young children’s learning and develop your early years Montessori practice and professionalism through the interconnectedness of the three elements of the Montessori triangle: the child, the environment, and the teacher. Our Montessori course will allow you to research and analyse theories of cosmic education, social justice, and the child as an agent of change. You will be given the freedom to take a critically creative approach in your thinking in order to develop your own pedagogical view and follow your own personal cosmic task. The exploration of areas of Montessori in early childhood education and care will enhance your research skills. These skills will also be enriched through modules specifically designed to increase your knowledge of research and inquiry before you embark on your Montessori focused major project.
You’ll be supported by academics who are also qualified Montessori practitioners, offering you a knowledgeable and reflective teaching team who are eager to encourage the study and implementation of Montessori education. This online Montessori qualification will give you the opportunity to flourish as an active learner, prepared to lead practice and learning at a Master’s level.
You will share your learning opportunities with not only other Montessorians, but also through the wider network of students on other Master Education pathways. This will bring depth and variety to your understanding of the Montessorian approach to giving, sharing, and receiving knowledge.
Designed for professionals who want to develop their expertise in Montessori, this course will provide opportunities for career progression in a variety of roles within the Education sector. These include management, mentoring, lecturing and consultancy. If you’re already an early career teacher, then our Master’s will also give you the opportunity to progress to become a specialist coordinator. It’s an excellent choice for continuing professional development for teachers at all levels, as well as leaders and managers within the educational system. This Masters will give you a higher-level award that includes both deeper knowledge of the subject and added transferable skills such as independent working, verbal and written communication, critical and creative thinking, presentation skills, team working, research and project management, and increased self-confidence. Successful completion of this course can also be a stepping-stone towards working in research or university lecturing and can be a pathway to a PhD or EdD.
Modules and assessment
Exploring Educational Research
Designed to familiarise you with the various research approaches that you may read about, critique, and use during your Master’s course and beyond, this module aims to provide you with a forum for exploring, discussing, and evaluating different types of educational research. You’ll have the opportunity to look at a range of research methodologies; to find, read and review research studies; and to discuss the relevance of research for practice in education across different sectors (from birth to life-long learning). You’ll be encouraged to study research methodologies and educational methods through critical reflection on published work.
Specialist Studies in Learning and Teaching
This module will build upon developments in learning technologies by providing you with the opportunity to explore the context and issues of the pedagogy of technology-enhanced learning. Following an initial consideration of learning, teaching and assessment issues, and practices of technology-enhanced learning, you will consider issues underpinning the development and design of learning materials for electronic delivery such as multimedia and technology led learning. Particular attention will be paid to developing, monitoring, and evaluating skills and procedures to ensure the quality and appropriateness of a flexible technology-enhanced experience. E-learning or technology-enhanced learning can be defined as the use of electronic technology and media to facilitate, support, and enhance learning, teaching, assessment, and research. Please note that this module is available for students in the January enrolment.
Montessori Method: Child, Adult and Environment
The main aim of this module is to give you further insight in the Montessori method, a widely recognised pedagogical approach around the world. The approach is inspired by ‘integral humanism’, which considers children as unique individuals fully able to act with freedom, dignity, and intelligence. It considers Montessori from a historical perspective, her contributions to early childhood, and offers the opportunity to explore the methodologies and teachings of Montessori through contemporary perspectives. Mindful of the importance of the child as an agent of change, you’ll consider the role of the adult and the environment in supporting children in reaching their full potential. Montessori considered leadership at different social levels; by undertaking a Montessori Master’s degree, you will examine literature through the lens of leadership. This degree programme encourages you to develop a personal philosophy of professionalism, that blends individual strengths and interests with the needs of colleagues, parents and families, and the children in your care. Together, these strands will support you, as a Montessori practitioner, to develop a firm but broad foundation for reflective and reflexive practice in Montessori education.
Developing Educational Research
You’ll be supported to develop high a quality research proposal to implement for your postgraduate major project. A workbook approach will guide you through the various elements that need to be considered during the process of planning and preparation for a small-scale educational research study. There will be opportunities to discuss your ideas with your tutor and peers and to present your developing research proposal for feedback. You’ll also learn by giving constructive feedback to your peers. By the end of the module, you’ll be prepared to submit an application for ethical review, to the appropriate research ethics panel, and to embark upon research for the postgraduate major project.
Postgraduate Major Project in Education
The Major Project enables you to demonstrate your ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to your specialism which may involve working at the current limits of theoretical and/or research understanding. You will need to demonstrate the ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas that are likely to arise in your research or professional practice. You will gain an understanding of an appropriate methodology, appropriate methods, and an ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information that may be complex or contradictory. By embarking on your major project, you will expand or redefine your existing knowledge in order to develop new approaches to changing workplace situations and/or to contribute to the development of best practice. You will then need to communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion and evaluate your work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner. Research topics will be negotiated with your appointed supervisor. The project may take the form of a written dissertation; a formal presentation and full research paper; an exhibition; a performance; an artefact or the development of software; or other written, aural or visual material. The project may be formed from a combination of these modes but will normally include a written component.
You’ll be assessed via coursework only. This will take the form of patchwork text, presentations, a reflective journal, research workbook, and written reports.
How you'll study
Our Education with Montessori MA is studied 100% online.
You’ll study through Canvas, our world-class online Learning Management System (LMS), which can be accessed from your phone, PC, or tablet both at home or on the move. Canvas provides instant access to study materials, forums, and support from tutors and classmates, as well as enabling easy submission of your assignments.
On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be invited to attend a graduation ceremony on campus. If attending the ceremony in person is not possible then we’ll arrange to have your certificate sent to you.
What could an Education with Montessori MA do for my career?
If you're a graduate currently working in a Montessori setting, the Education with Montessori MA will support your professional development further. It could help propel your career towards areas of management, mentoring, lecturing and consultancy. For early career teachers who take this course, they could become specialist co-ordinators.
International students who are practising teachers, lecturers or headteachers will develop their skills, extend their knowledge, and advance their careers through studying this course in the UK.
What job roles can I consider with an Education with Montessori MA?
An Education with Montessori MA could lead to a wide range of career advancement opportunities within education sector. These are just some of the job roles that an Education with Montessori MA graduate may consider, possibly with further training or experience depending on the role:
- Montessori Teacher
- Specialist Co-ordinator
- Nursery Manager
- Head of Curriculum
- Assistant Headteacher / Headteacher
- A teacher of Montessori education / lecturer
- Education Consultant
If you are looking for more information about these job profiles and potential salary earnings see Prospects.ac.uk. It’s important to note that salaries can vary widely depending on the job role, employer, industry sector and location.
What skills will I get from an Education with Montessori MA to help my career?
You’ll enhance your CV with a higher-level award that includes both deeper knowledge of the subject and added transferable skills such as:
- independent working
- verbal and written communication
- critical and creative thinking
- presentation skills
- team working
- research and project management
- increased self-confidence
What can I study after an Education with Montessori MA?
Successful MA students, who particularly enjoy engaging with the academic environment and who wish to pursue academic careers in lecturing and/or research, may progress to doctoral study at Anglia Ruskin University or elsewhere.
Careers Advice Service
Once you become an ARU student you will be able to access our Employability service to help you whatever stage of your career, whether that’s landing your dream job or the next progression step.
- careers advice, including one-to-one online and telephone appointments with our experienced advisers
- help with your CV, job searches, applications, and interview preparation
- an online portal packed with useful careers resources
- our Employability Programme, which helps you hone the skills employers say they want in graduates.
- You’re expected to have at a first degree, with honours, at a minimum final classification of Lower Second (2:2) or equivalent.
- If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 (Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.
- As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use our online learning management system (LMS) with high-speed internet and email.
Please note: Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course.
Fees & funding
The full tuition fee for this course is £7,700.
The tuition fees you pay each year will be between £3,850 and £7,700 depending on how long you take to complete the course. You can choose to study our Education with Montessori in either 1 or 2 years.
Accredited Prior Learning may reduce the tuition fees. This will be confirmed once your application has been submitted.
Your course can be fully funded by the Postgraduate Student Loans now available (subject to eligibility).
We offer payment by instalments, so you can spread the cost of studying with us.
For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. Anglia Ruskin University is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.
What is the Montessori Method?
Developed in the early 20th century by physician Maria Montessori, the Montessori method emphasises the independence of children, viewing them as capable of leading their own learning. Montessori based her method of education on scientific observations of children, in which she found that when they were allowed to interact with the environment freely, they would follow a naturally ingrained developmental path.
The Montessori method views children as agents of change that only need support from the adults in their environment rather than leading, believing them more than capable of making intelligent choices for themselves, that are developmentally driven.
How does the Montessori Method differ from traditional education?
There are differences between the Montessori Method and the traditional learning environment, although Maria Montessori was very much a pioneer of early years and primary education as we know it today.
The Montessori Method is led by the children themselves with the teachers acting as guides to education rather than educators in the sense we have become familiar with. The children are given independence within boundaries to make choices for themselves and develop skills that will become a foundation for all their future learning.
In Montessori schools, classes are also comprised of mixed age groups – children learn at different paces, meaning that sometimes younger children can be more developmentally advanced than older children. School days in traditional education are structured into blocks of time, whereas in Montessori schools, children learn in uninterrupted work cycles of 3 hours.
Alongside supporting the academic development of the child, the Montessori method places equal emphasis on social and emotional growth alongside intellectual development. Montessori schools also promote self-discipline in their students, rather than the approach of traditional schools in which the teacher disciplines the students should they misbehave.
Traditional education follows a set curriculum where every student learns the same thing, while in Montessori education, children learn based on their own individual interests and at a pace that they are comfortable with. Montessori education takes a more natural, humanistic, and cosmic approach to learning.
How to become a Montessori teacher?
Becoming a Montessori teacher requires specialist training, different from traditional teacher training due to the thoroughly different educational approaches. The two main routes to becoming a Montessori teacher are through a university course, or through working in the setting itself.
Both of these routes have their merits, however, by studying a Montessori degree, you’ll have more insight into the history and research that has gone into making the Montessori method such an increasingly sought-after approach to education.
What will I learn on this Master’s degree?
Our Montessori Master’s degree introduces you to the ground-breaking method of education that is becoming increasingly popular all over the world. You will be introduced to a range of different educational methodologies in order to demonstrate just how different the Montessori Method is in the way that it encourages child led education.
If you join us you will learn about the development and design of electronic and technology-based learning, and how these devices and systems can benefit and support the learning that children who are engaged in the Montessori Method.
In the Montessori Method: Child, Adult, and Environment module, you will gain a deep insight into the history and function of the Montessori Method. You will be introduced to the Maria Montessori’s historic contributions to child development, and encourages you to consider her work from a contemporary perspective as this will help you when applying her method’s to your teaching.
You will undertake a postgraduate major project which, in consultation with your tutors, you will choose a specialist area that you are interested and wish to research further. The completion of this project will greatly benefit your future career as a Montessori teacher, give you the skills you need to take your research further to doctoral level.
Why should I study my Education with Montessori MA at ARU?
Our Education with Montessori MA is the first of its kind in the UK, we have tailored this expert programme, delivered by professionals with experience in the delivery and research of the Montessori Method, in order to give you a thorough understanding of what Montessori education entails.
When you study your Montessori distance learning course with us, you will be able to complete your degree fully online. This means that you can fit your study schedule around your other commitments. Undertaking an online degree also allows you to continue working while you further your education, allowing you to progress your career while gaining real world and on the job experience.
At ARU you’ll be supported by our experienced tutors who will guide you through the completion of your projects. You will use our online learning management system, Canvas, to submit your assignments and collaborate with your tutors and peers. Your future employment is important to us, so we have crafted a detailed careers advice programme to ensure that you’re ready to reach your career goals.
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