Montessori Education BA (Honours)

  • Course Code

    CR 622

  • Field of Study


  • Type of Course:

    Honours Degree

  • Type of Qualification:

    BA (Honours)

  • Type of Study:

    Full time

  • Application Closing Date:

    1st May 2020, via the CAO,

Course duration:

2 Years (4 Semesters)

Admission Requirements:

This is a 2 year add-on degree that requires students to have achieved a QQI Level 6 Award to be eligible to apply for Year 3 and have achieved a BA (Ordinary) Level 7 to be eligible to apply for Year 4.


  • Applications for Year 3 of the BA (Hons) in Montessori Education are invited from students who have achieved a full QQI Level 6 Award in Montessori (3-6 years) with a merit profile and a minimum of two distinctions.
  • Students who have achieved a BA in Montessori (Level 7) are eligible to apply directly to Level 8 (Year 4), the application procedure is the same.


MTU Cork is in partnership with Cork College of Commerce, however, applications are also welcome from equivalent courses and mature students through the Recognition of Prior Learning process. Recognition of prior learning can be gained formally from previously certified coursework, and informally or non-formally through workplace experience – these applications will be processed on a case by case basis.


Sport, Leisure and Childhood Studies

For information of Fees/Student Grants/Scholarships and Financial Assistance, please click here.


Dr Maria Montessori (1870 - 1952) developed an innovative, child-centred approach to education. The goal of Montessori education is to foster a child’s natural inclination to learn. Montessori teachers are trained facilitators in the classroom, always ready toassist and direct. Their purpose is to excite the child’s enthusiasm for learning and to guide it, without interfering with the child’s natural desire to teach themselves and become independent.


MTU Cork, in partnership with Cork College of Commerce, is offering a BA (Honours) in Montessori Education leading to a NFQ Level 8 award. This is a specialist two-year add-on Honours Degree programme that aims to produce highly skilled Montessori 6-12 teachers with the requisite knowledge, skills, and competence to work effectively to meet the requirements of children in a variety of Irish or international educational settings.


It has two entry points:

  • direct to Stage/Year 1 for those with a QQI Level 6 Montessori qualification and
  • direct to Stage/Year 2 for those with a Level 7 degree in Montessori.


The degree includes supervised internship as well as practical and research experience.


The programme focusses on teacher training with a balance of Montessori practical labs, theory and supervised internship including a preparatory module to inform teaching practice and offers an array of supporting modules, such as, psychology, creative and critical thinking, PE: moving and learning, process-led arts, ICT, research skills, ethics and administration.


Moreover, students can choose an elective module - the range includes Irish, outdoor learning, leadership in practice, inclusion: partnerships to name a few.



There is a mandatory 8 Week (240 hours) Teaching Practice in Primary Schools in Stage/Year 1 where students will have the opportunity to create and deliver appropriate lesson plans.


In line with MTU Cork policy, students on placement are required to undergo vetting. Vetting is conducted by the National Vetting Bureau (formerly known as the Garda Central Vetting Unit). The National Vetting Bureau (NVB) helps to assess the suitability of all applicants on this programme. It is important to note that participation in or completion of this programme may be affected by subsequent disclosure/ discovery.


“The transition from the College of Commerce to Cork Institute of Technology was smooth. We had induction and orientation around campus and the lecturers made us feel welcome which helped us settle in. We have our own space; a specially designed room with Montessori materials. We are treated as educators and we contribute a lot to the programme.

We have a close bond with all the lecturers which makes the CIT experience enjoyable!”

The first Montessori Class to CIT








What are the admission requirements?
This is a progression degree that has two entry points; eligible students may apply directly to Stage/Year 1 or directly to Stage/Year 2 depending on the qualifications they have achieved.

What is a progression (or Add-on) degree?
A progression degree is a programme that builds on an existing knowledge base. In this case, the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Montessori Education (Level 8) builds on the knowledge base of the Montessori philosophy and method for 0-6 year olds and focusses on the philosophy and method for supporting children’s learning (6-12yrs).

  • To be eligible to apply to Stage/Year 1 requires students to have achieved a QQI level 6 in Montessori with a Merit profile and a minimum of 2 Distinctions.
    MTU Cork is in partnership with Cork College of Commerce, however, applications from comparable institutes are also welcome.
  • To be eligible to apply to Stage/Year 2 requires students to have achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Montessori Education (Level 7).

Is there a pathway to primary school teaching from this course?
BA (Honours) graduates are eligible to apply for the Professional Masters in Education (which typically runs for 24 months) as long as they present with the minimum Leaving Certificate examination requirements.

How many places are available?
There are 50 places in Year 3, and 30 places in Year 4.

MTU Cork has developed a website which gives full details of all modules for all courses. The website also has information on recommended textbooks, average weekly workload, assessments and exams.


Full details of the modules on this programme of study are available by clicking the following link:
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Montessori Education

Graduates may seek employment in a number of areas including national and international Montessori schools (0-12yrs); working with children with specific learning needs; Early Childhood Education and Care profession; Out-of-School centres; sector related management and policy development and research centres.

Application for this course are processed by the
Central Applications Office (CAO)


Applications for this course are processed by the Central Applications Office (CAO) - Advanced Entry

Please ensure that you include all relevant information that might help us assess your application: 

Transcripts from previous Higher Education

  • A CV with information about relevant previous experience with references
  • A statement of interest.







Marian Quinn
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