Frequently asked questions about

Master’s in Montessori training specialising in preschool 0-6 years or elementary 6-12 years education

Is a Master’s degree specific to the UB recognised internationally?
UB, University of Barcelona, has been recognized in 2015 as one of the 200 best universities in the world being the only Spanish university included in this list, all postgraduates have international recognition.
Do own Master’s degrees count in public examinations?
Yes, the score varies according to the number of credits for each postgraduate, so it is very important to always perform formations in official centers recognized by official institutions.
What does the online stage consist of?
Theoretical content of Montessori training specialising in preschool or primary education is taught. The training starts on November 2nd, 2017.
Online stage - will there be tutorials and teachers available to us?
In this stage you have virtual contact with the corresponding teacher throughout the day. A series of personalised tutorials and follow-up of each student by the teacher will be carried out. In a virtual working environment there is contact with all of the students who carry out this online stage along with the guide who participates in all activities and work carried out.
Will there be tests?
Yes, there are exams. You are assessed throughout the online stage by submitting activities and during the face-to-face stages through participating in them. Once the three stages of the Master’s course have been completed it is necessary to carry out an internship in a Montessori school and then a project is carried out that links all of the practical experience with theoretical aspects seen in training.
Can I only do the online stage?

No, but you can do the online course.  

Must I have completed a Bachelor’s degree to access the Master’s course?

Yes. We require certification that you have done a Bachelor’s degree. If you complete the Master’s course without having finished the Bachelor’s degree or you don’t have it, the qualification issued will be a university extension diploma.

What are the requirements to access the Master’s course?

It is aimed at all individuals who are interested in promoting a training model in line with the educational demands of modern day society. Those who wish to implement this model in schools as a work centre must obviously have a Bachelor’s degree in any area related to the world of education: teachers, management teams or professionals interested in introducing changes into the educational model of their school or their project.

What are the requirements to carry out a Master’s course?
Each course may establish the admission requirements and the area that it is aimed at, and these requirements are duly published and used to select or prioritise applications.
Which teachers will give the training? Are they also Montessori guides?
We have a team of teachers and researchers with extensive national and international experience, which assures us that the tools that our students receive will be the best. Furthermore, they are all Montessori guides.
Can I replace the intensive face-to-face stage with online training? Can I carry out the intensive summer face-to-face stage during another part of the year?

The intensive face-to-face stage can not be replaced with online training. The intensive summer face-to-face training involves carrying out training in classrooms that are replicas of the prepared environments used by our students every day in a Montessori school. As such, adults can experience the educational process and have more resources for their classroom practicals.

Each stage has its period and schedule established in accordance with the timetables of the team of teachers who work as guides in this Master’s course since they come from different parts of the world and are recognised nationally and internationally due to their educational and training experience.

Can I carry out the two face-to-face intensive training stages simultaneously? (0 to 6 and 6 to 12). If not, is any part recognised?
The two training stages (preschool and elementary) cannot be carried out simultaneously, but you may begin with whichever seems most appropriate for your future professional plan. You must complete both stages of training since, as the name indicates, they are specialisation stages (preschool specialisation: 0 to 6 years of age, and elementary specialisation: 6 to 12 years of age). Only the general stage is recognised.
Is it necessary to begin with any stage in particular and follow an order?

No. It is not necessary. You may begin with online training during the school year and continue with the summer face-to-face training or you can also begin with the intensive summer face-to-face stage, continue with the online training from the next school year and go on with the second intensive face-to-face training the following summer.

If I study the Master’s with you will you assure me of a work position? Do I have opportunities?

We know that Montessori training opens up a wide range of professional opportunities, but for now, and given the current situation, we cannot guarantee any jobs. Although it must be borne in mind that it is a necessary and indispensable requirement to be a Montessori guide in order to work at a Montessori school.

Where will the intensive training take place?

The next intensive summer further training will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays from June to July 2016 in Campus Mundet, University of Barcelona.

What is a Master’s degree specific to a certain university (own Master’s degree)
We all as universities, while official Master’s degrees did not exist, in accordance with the needs linked to the professional world, have developed our own Master’s degrees, awarded by each university and recognised due to their quality by students, business owners and employers. As such, universities now provide their own Master’s degrees alongside university Master’s degrees.
What is an ECTS?

ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit is the unit that accounts for all of the activities carried out by the student within the training process:
. theoretical and practical class hours
· study hours
· seminars, work, internship and projects
· preparing for and taking exams or other assessment tests
Each ECTS credit is equivalent to 25 hours of work by the student.

What is a Master’s degree?
A Master’s degree is a postgraduate academic degree
What difference is there between an own Master’s and an Official Master's degree?

University Master’s courses are official advanced training degrees that are specialised or multidisciplinary, oriented towards professional practice or beginning research. Research orientation allows students to access a PhD.
Own Master’s degrees are essentially professional training courses and are not oriented towards beginning research. Despite having a similar duration to official Master’s courses, the credits obtained do not count towards gaining access to a PhD.

How many credits does an own Master’s degree give?
A Master’s degree can have a minimum of 60 ECTS credits and a maximum of 120 ECTS credits, equivalent to one or two academic years, respectively. In accordance with the previous training accredited, the Master’s coordinator will establish the minimum amount of credits that each student must take. A student who is full-time during an academic year can achieve 60 credits.
Can I apply for a grant for an own Master’s degree?

Grants are not awarded for own degrees but a loan can be applied for from collaborating companies. Available at:
http://www.ub.edu/monub/serveis/financament.htm

What certification does an own Master’s degree award?
It depends on the student’s qualifications. With an official Bachelor’s degree it will be certified as a Master’s degree. If the student does not have a degree it will be certified with a University Extension Diploma.
Can I take a PhD with an own Master’s degree?
You cannot use an own Master’s degree to access a PhD but an own Master’s can be recognised as up to 15% of an official Master’s degree, which can allow students to access a PhD.
Are own Master’s degree credits recognised for gaining access to a PhD?
You cannot use an own Master’s degree to access a PhD but an own Master’s can be recognised as up to 15% of an official Master’s degree, which can allow students to access a PhD.
What percentage of credits are recognised?

60 ECTS.

Is it necessary to do an internship?

Yes, it is necessary to carry out an internship of 90 hours of observation practice in a Montessori School.

In what language is the Master’s degree taught?

The official language is Spanish. However, classes are given in many other languages. The teaching language is specified in each Master’s course and in each teaching plan.

What documents are required for enrolment?

Enrolment of own Master’s and postgraduate studies is carried out in the secretariat of the centre that manages each course. The enrolment form must be completed and the corresponding documentation must be attached. You can consult the management centre and the pre-enrolment and enrolment information on the profile of each course.

Some courses also offer the possibility of carrying out enrolment electronically through the UB website. More information at: http://www.ub.edu/acad/es/posgrado/matricula/welcome.html