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Early Childhood Credential (ages 2.5-6)

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Credits Available

  • Child Development: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Children's Literature/Language/Literacy Development: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Early Childhood Education Methods: 6 credits, lower division level
  • Field Experience/Practicum: 6 credits, upper division level
  • Introduction to Early Childhood Education:3 credits, lower division level

Dates Valid


Issuing Agency

American Montessori Society (AMS)

AMS issues Montessori credentials to successful graduates of AMS-affiliated Teacher Education Programs (TEPs) who hold a bachelor degree (or higher).  An Associate Credential for Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood levels is awarded to those who have completed high school but do not hold a college degree. This credential can also be known as:

  • Associate Early Childhood Credential
  • American Montessori Society (AMS) Montessori Certification (Early Childhood)

Applying for the Credit

Submit a Credential Credit Application to apply for the credit.

  • Charter Oak students: Log into the ACORN Student Portal and look in Student Self-Service / Student Forms.
  • Non-Charter Oak students: Contact the PLA Office to request a Credential Credit Application.