Students who concurrently enroll in both WSMS-TEP and Concordia programs will have the opportunity to apply for Federal Financial Aid! International students may also secure student visas through concurrent Concordia enrollment.

Please contact Katherine Fordney at or 212-662-8000.

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The Concordia Master’s degrees are designed specifically for individuals who have earned a Bachelor’s degree and have previously completed any MACTE-Accredited Montessori teacher education program within ten (10) years of admission. In a unique partnership, Concordia College, in Bronxville, New York has agreed to accept up to 15 equivalent graduate credits 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 Early Childhood track who wish to pursue a New York State Childhood Certification, grades 1 through grade 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 unique program will be held at West Side Montessori School (WSMS), located at 309 West 92nd Street, at West End Avenue.


  •  Acceptance of up to 15 equivalent graduate credits for Montessori teachers who earned a credential from a MACTE-Accredited teacher education program within the past ten (10) 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, Childhood, and Students with Disabilities New York State certification dependent on program selected;
  • Candidates in the EC/SpEd Master’s can qualify for Childhood with additional credit hours;
  • Federal financial aid is available.

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:

  • 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.
  • Earned a Montessori credential from a MACTE-Accredited Teacher Education Program.

Concordia College (CCNY) has been delivering quality education since 1881 and is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Concordia teacher accreditation programs are also accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teachers (NCATE).


Applicants for admission are considered without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, disability,
sexual orientation, or national origin.