• Master’s Degree Program

    in Partnership with Concordia College

The Concordia Master’s degrees in Montessori Early Childhood/Special Education (birth to 2nd grade) and Montessori Childhood/Special Education (1st to 6th grade) are designed specifically for individuals who have earned a Bachelor’s degree and have previously completed a MACTE-accredited Montessori teacher education program within the past ten years.

Introduction

In a unique partnership, Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, will accept up to 15 equivalent graduate credits from a WSMS-TEP Early Childhood Montessori credential program toward Concordia’s 46-credit Master’s degree. As a result, Montessori teachers seeking a Master’s degree and New York State certifications in Early Childhood (birth through grade 2,) Childhood (1st to 6th grade) and Students with Disabilities, are eligible.

Candidates in the WSMS-TEP Early Childhood Montessori Credential Program who wish to pursue a New York State Childhood Certification, grades 1 through 6, can qualify by taking additional coursework. Details of the individual candidate’s background will be explored during the Concordia interview. Weekly classes for this program are held at West Side Montessori School.

There is no fee due to Concordia or WSMS-TEP for the 15 credits that are waived by Concordia via the Montessori credential. All application and pre-credit hour fees are published on the Master’s Program page of the WSMS-TEP website and are updated annually by Concordia College.

Benefits of the Concordia Master’s Degree

  • Acceptance of up to 15 equivalent graduate credits for Montessori teachers who earned a credential from a MACTE-accredited Montessori teacher education program within the past ten years.
  • Reduced tuition of $625 per graduate credit for the remaining 31 credits needed for the Master’s degree leading to New York State certification. Total cost is extremely competitive with CUNY, SUNY, and private college graduate tuitions;
  • Accelerated 21-month program.
  • Cohort model allows students to proceed through the program learning and working together.
  • Candidates are recommended for Early Childhood and Students with Disabilities (EC/SpEd) or Childhood and Students with Disabilities (C/SpEd) New York State certification dependent on program selected.
  • Candidates in the EC/SpEd Master’s can qualify for C/SpEd with additional credit hours.
  • Federal financial aid is available.
  • All courses are held at West Side Montessori School.

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

The Montessori Concordia Master’s degree aims to admit a cohort of approximately 20-25 students each fall and spring semester. Admission is limited to qualified candidates who have:

  1. Completed a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA from an accredited institution of higher education. Undergraduate grade point averages lower than 3.0 require an individual review.
  2. Earned a Montessori credential from a MACTE-accredited teacher education program.

Questions

Katherine Fordney
Concordia/WSMS-TEP Master’s Program Liaison
kfordney@wsmsnyc.org

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