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College Of New Rochelle Launches Early Childhood Ed Master's Program

The College of New Rochelle is offering a master's degree program in early childhood education with a concentration on Montesorri teaching. Photo Credit: Contributed
The program will be the only one of its kind in the New York metro region. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Beginning this summer, The College of New Rochelle will offer a master’s degree program in early childhood education with a concentration in Montessori education.

Offered in collaboration with the Center for Montessori Education|NY, this is the only dual program of its kind in the New York metro area and one of a few in the country that offers a combined master’s degree in early childhood education with an American Montessori Society credential and New York state certification.

Montessori education is unique because it uses personalized learning programs focused on a child’s development. Children choose their work from a carefully prepared classroom environment that challenges them to explore, identify and solve problems, and develop trust in their own abilities. The Montessori approach encourages students to engage in learning through the use of self-correcting materials rather than direct instruction, and through the development of a strong community of learners and teachers who support and celebrate differences.

“This dual program will be a resource for developing teachers to fill an upcoming shortage of certified early childhood teachers in light of the mandate for universal pre-K in New York City. The combined training makes teachers more effective in both Montessori and traditional settings, even if they are not using Montessori learning materials,” said Kristin Berman, associate professor of education at The College of New Rochelle, who helped develop the program.

Upon completion and certification, candidates will be qualified to work in independent or public Montessori schools or other early childhood settings.

For more information, contact Michael Petri in admissions at or 914-654-5256.

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