Liberal Studies with Montessori Learning Concentration (B.A.)

  • Program Overview

    Strengthen your foundation in the Montessori approach to education.

    As a Montessori teacher, you enrich children’s lives every day. Now expand your knowledge and experience through a holistic study of arts and humanities, education, business, science, and math.

    The bachelor's degree in liberal studies with a concentration in Montessori learning is your opportunity to grow your career. The Endicott College Van Loan School of Professional Studies' flexible, online, and accelerated degree-completion program is designed to meet the challenges of balancing work, family, and school.

    The bachelor's degree curriculum in liberal studies and psychology builds upon the education you already have as a Montessori educator, with an innovative online program that draws on arts and humanities, education, business, science, and math.

    BS liberal studies
  • Curriculum

    Admission Requirements

    Candidates for Van Loan School's undergraduate programs should have a minimum of two years full-time work experience. Admission to an undergraduate program requires a high school diploma, GED or conferred Associates degree from an accredited college or university. Prospective students may apply online at or submit the following materials to Van Loan School Admissions, Endicott College, 376 Hale St, Beverly, MA 01915:

    • Completed undergraduate application;
    • Non-refundable $25 application fee (check made payable to Endicott College, cash or online). Application fee waived for veteran and military students;
    • Essay of 250 - 500 words on career goals;
    • Official final high school transcript or GED certificate;
    • Official transcripts of any post-secondary academic work sent directly from the institution(s), including Joint Service Transcripts;
    • Official scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for students whose native language is not English; minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (iBT) is required. The institutional code for Endicott College is 3369. Endicott also accepts an IELTS score of 6.0 or better.

    All admissions requirements must be satisfied in order to be formally accepted, or matriculated, in a degree program. Students must be formally admitted to a program before the completion of 12 Endicott credits.

    International Applicants for Undergraduate Admission Requirements
    Endicott College welcomes and encourages applicants from around the world. International applicants must request that an official academic transcript confirming a secondary school diploma equivalent to a U.S. high school diploma be sent directly from the secondary school. Educational documents from outside the U.S. must be accompanied by a certified English translation if deemed necessary.

    All transcripts and translations of transcripts must be official originals and must show courses completed, grades received, grading scale, duration of study, degree or diploma received, and the date conferred. Endicott College reserves the right to request verification of the credentials by an external agency. International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores when their native language is not English or when their high school transcript and diploma are not from an institution where English is the language of instruction. Once students have been admitted as degree candidates, Endicott College will send detailed instructions about the process for acquiring an Endicott-sponsored student visa.

    Program of Study

    Total Degree Requirements - 126 credits

    Required Curriculum

    World Cultures Course - 3 cr.
    Aesthetic Awareness & Creative Expression Course - 3 cr.
    Literary Perspectives Course - 3 cr.
    Individual and Society Course - 3 cr.
    Values & Ethical Reasoning Course - 3 cr.
    Science & Technology Course - 3 cr.
    Global Issues Course - 3 cr.
    Liberal Studies Elective* - 3 cr.
    General Education Electives - 18 cr. (at least two 300 level or higher)    
    Open Electives - 36 cr. 

    • BUS 120 - Business Fundamentals I (Cr: 3)
    • CMM 306 - Social Impact of the Media (Cr: 3)
    • EC 350 - Career Transitions (Cr: 3)
    • LST 489 - Senior Thesis I (Cr: 3)
    • LST 490 - Senior Thesis II (Cr: 3)
    • MTH 126 - Applied Statistics (Cr: 3)
    • POL 113 - American Government and Politics (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 100 - General Psychology (Cr: 3)
    • SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology (Cr: 3)

    *Liberal Studies Electives

    Foreign Language Course - 3 cr.

    • LST 210 - Gender and Science (Cr: 3)
    • LST 350 - Male Images in Story and Film (Cr: 3)

    Total Number of Credits Required for Concentration - 18 credits

    Required Concentration Courses

    • ED 101 - Introduction to Education (Cr: 3)
    • EDM 200 - Culture and Identity (Cr: 3)
    • EDM 300 - Education and Democracy (Cr: 3)
    • EDM 400 - Action Research (Cr: 3)
    • PSY 200 - Child and Adolescent Psychology (Cr: 3)

    Learning Outcomes

    Upon completion of the program, students will:

    • Effectively communicate in writing and through oral communication.
    • Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse in various disciplines.
    • Recall and apply the basic foundational knowledge of educational studies as delivered through the Baccalaureate Core.
    • Articulate the connections and distinctions between and among liberal arts disciplines, and their contemporary relevance.
    • Design, execute and present a personal project, which synthesizes and applies, selected knowledge, skills and experiences appropriate to the student's personal and professional goals and/or their chosen area of specialization.

    In addition to fulfilling the outcomes of the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, students completing the concentration in Montessori Education will:

    • Enhance student writing and critical thinking regarding the Montessori Method.
    • Develop skills in action research.
    • Identify and describe intrinsic motivation as it applies to themselves as teachers and students.
    • Understanding the role of democracy in establishing the current public and private education system.
    • Assess the influence of culture on educational objectives.

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  • Internships and Careers

    An education from the Van Loan School means you'll have access to premiere career resources—long after you graduate.

    Whether you're finishing your undergraduate study, adding new credentials, or working toward a new career path, you'll find resources through our Internship and Career Center to help you get where you want to go. From career advising to resume support, we're here to prepare you for your next step.

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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Real-life experience that counts towards your degree! You may complete a three-credit Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) course, in which you can gain as many as 30 credits toward your degree by demonstrating understanding and experience gained in your Montessori teaching careers.