B.S. Early Childhood Education with Montessori Credential (Online Program)
Dr. Maria Montessori believed in the incredible genius of children—inquisitive by their very nature, hungry for knowledge, and more than capable of setting out to find their own solutions to the world’s problems. The role of the teacher, she believed, should dovetail with this concept of how children learn: Educators, she wrote, should be guides and mentors—not answer bearers.
“Never help a child with a task,” she famously wrote, “at which he feels he can succeed.” In other words, allow children to learn by doing, offer them hints instead of detailed instruction, let them soak in the how and the why and the what at their own pace—and in their own way.
The educational theorist was writing and studying in the early 20th century, but Montessori’s child-centered approach to education, dubbed the Montessori Method, has more than stood the test of time. According to the American Montessori Society, there are more than 4,000 Montessori schools across the United States and thousands more worldwide.
And there’s little wonder why.
Montessori schools pride themselves on letting children be children. On creating robust educational environments that invite discovery, that facilitate learning through active play, and that foster multi-age peer relationships to promote social, emotional and cognitive development.
Our bachelor’s degree in education with a Montessori credential will prepare you to lead a classroom in a Montessori environment, teaching young children ages 2 ½ to 6. Our Montessori program meets rigorous Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education standards along with Early Childhood Education state requirements—and our graduates work in Montessori Method educational environments across Hawaii and the nation.
Our faculty members are leaders in their fields. They believe in the power of personal experience—stressing mentorship, collaboration and project-based learning inside and outside the classroom.
Chaminade University of Honolulu is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission.
Chaminade’s Education division is awarded Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
Chaminade’s undergraduate and graduate education degree programs are accredited by the Hawaii Teacher Standards Board.