The AMI International Montessori Teacher Training 3-6 Diploma Course is a comprehensive study of Montessori theory and practice to prepare teachers to work with children from 2˝ to 6 years.
The Diploma Course consists of Montessori child philosophy and development, human development, Montessori primary materials and curriculum, the role of the teacher and the preparation of the Montessori environment. Students on the Diploma Course delve into Montessori theory that is fundamental to the role of the teacher and becomes a constant guide for the student’s understanding.
Montessori Primary (2˝ to 6 years) is a mixed age environment specifically designed to help children develop at their own pace, choosing their own activities from the Montessori materials which are displayed in an ordered and accessible way. Children work individually, or in groups, with hands-on activities which are designed to help them develop physically, socially and intellectually. Students on the Diploma Course will learn how to present the material and activities to the children as well as how to nurture a love of learning in the children, foster confidence in their own abilities and create a sense of social responsibility towards others and the environment in which they live.
The Course also includes Observation and Teaching Practice in approved Montessori environments. For the observation component, students spend time observing how the children interact with the teacher, one and another and as well as their environment. During teaching practice, students present materials and lessons to children under the supervision of a trained and experienced teacher.
June 2017 to April 2020 in 9 study modules
Module 1: 19.06.2017 – 14.07.2017
Module 2: 20.11.2017 – 15.12.2017
Module 3: 05.03.2018 – 28.03.2018
Module 4: 18.06.2018 – 13.07.2018
Module 5: 19.11.2018 – 14.12.2018
Module 6: 25.03.2019 – 17.04.2019
Module 7: 17.06.2019 – 12.07.2019
Module 8: 18.11.2019 – 13.12.2019
Module 9: 09.03.2020 – 08.04.2020
Note: Observation and teaching practice will take place in between modules.
Monday to Friday: 08.30 – 15.30
At least 400 hours of classroom-based training including lectures, a minimum of 140 hours of supervised practice with Montessori materials and 170 hours of observation and teaching practicum in Montessori settings.
Observation and Teaching Practice The 170 hours of observation and teaching practice in recognised Montessori environments has to be completed in between the Course Modules.
Students living in Tanzania will be assisted by the Montessori Training Centre Msimbazi to organise their observation and teaching practice in pre-approved Montessori schools within the country.
International students are required to organise observation and teaching practice for themselves in their home/residence countries. Students have to find a convenient Montessori school where there is an AMI trained teacher who can supervise/guide them and contact the school to check if they can be accommodated. The school’s details need to be sent to the Centre for review and approval. Full information on this process will be shared with the students after they have been accepted on the Course.
Please note that the AMI training faculty will be the deciding body if a Montessori environment fulfils the necessary quality standards to be eligible for an observation or teaching practice setting.
Required readingBy Dr. Maria Montessori
- The Absorbent Mind
- The Secret of Childhood
- The Discovery of the Child
- The Four Planes of Education (AMI Pamphlet)
- The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education (AMI Pamphlet)
At the beginning of the Course, students will be given a set of books for all required reading. Students will find further recommended reading books at the college library.
Qualification for Award
The AMI Diploma is awarded to students who:
- Have satisfied the 90% attendance requirements
- Are successful in the theory and practical examinations and have completed coursework to the required standard
- Have fulfilled the AMI Observation and Teaching Practice requirements