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UEL to launch first UK degree in Montessori Education

Cass

UEL is partnering with the Maria Montessori Institute to offer the degree 

The University of East London (UEL) is set to be the first higher education institute in the UK to offer a degree in Montessori Education.

The BA (Hons) Montessori Education programme will launch in September 2018 at UEL’s Cass School of Education, Communities, and Social Sciences.

Dr Carrie Weston, Head of School, said: “UEL is immensely proud to be offering the first full degree in Montessori Education in collaboration with the Maria Montessori Institute.

“Montessori education represents first-class standards in early childhood learning and Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certified Montessori teachers are highly valued professionals. 

“UEL has an outstanding reputation in teacher education and childhood studies, so the addition of the first BA (Hons) Montessori Education is a perfect collaborative union.”

Louise Livingston, Director of Training at the Montessori Training Institute said, “The Maria Montessori Institute is delighted to engage in this new collaboration with UEL. 

“We are opening the door to more individuals who are interested in becoming AMI certified Montessori teachers through the opportunity that this undergraduate degree provides.”

The first Montessori school was set up in Rome, Italy, by Italian Maria Montessori in 1907. There are now around 700 in the UK.

There are several distinct features of Montessori education, most notably the ‘free range’ approach to classroom education. 

A typical classroom work cycle lasts two and a half to three hours, with the children working individually most of the time and coming together when they wish to at different periods during the day.

Classes are run in such a way that they promote the children's freedom to make spontaneous choices, to be independent, and to develop a sense of responsibility within the group.

Unlike other schools, Montessori students are taught in mixed-aged classes, with continual access to the full range of Montessori materials for their age. 

Students on the new degree will study the full Montessori approach for children aged three to six years of age, as advocated by the AMI, the organisation set-up by Maria Montessori in 1929 to safeguard and promote the integrity of the approach. 

The first two years will be taught at the Montessori Training Institute, with the third year and degree honours taught at UEL. Alongside the degree, students will also receive the AMI teaching diploma.

As well as lectures delivered by UEL academics and Montessori trainers, the students will undergo placements in Montessori schools and classes run by AMI trained Montessori teachers.

Click here for further information about the programme and how to apply.