AMI 6-12 Diploma Course Information

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Elementary program focuses on the Montessori Method of Education for children from 6-12 years of age. The program includes theory lectures and hands-on practice with Montessori’s materials.

This unique pedagogy places children at the center of the learning process, guiding them to their full potential. The program includes extensive study in Montessori’s theory of child development, and in the practical aspects of applying Montessori education both in classrooms and in school communities.

The program is composed of lectures and detailed presentations of the Montessori materials.  With each presentation, there are discussions of how Montessori theory is applied, what are the developmentally appropriate age ranges, and the purposes of the presentations. Students learn the technique of the presentation, along with all the related information that forms the basis for their individual practice. Time is scheduled during class hours for students to practice with the Montessori materials under staff supervision in order to refine their technique of presentation.

Each student creates original reference albums in the areas of: Theory, Language, Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, History, Biology, Music, and Art.

Theory Papers

During the course each student is required to write Theory Papers related to Montessori Theory and Practice.

Material Making

Students are required to make several hand-made materials that are not readily available from manufacturers. This gives students the chance to apply the principles they are studying for the preparation of the Montessori environment.

Observation and Practice Teaching

Observation and Practice Teaching allow students to apply their coursework in AMI Montessori host classrooms. During observation, students spend a minimum of 90 hours observing the children’s interactions with the materials and each other. During practice teaching, students spend a minimum of 120 hours in their host classroom, presenting lessons to children under the supervision of an AMI Elementary-trained host teacher. For students enrolled in a summer format course, observation and practice teaching are organized by the student and completed during the academic years between summers.

Examinations

Comprehensive written and oral examinations are given at the end of the course to verify that each student has met the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale.

Housing

MTCNE Summer Course Training students may apply for on-campus housing directly with the University of Hartford.  Please click here for more information or to apply for summer housing at the University of Hartford.

Current Courses

6-12 Diploma Course
Three Summer Format
2019 – 2021

Director of Training – Carla Foster
Elementary Trainer – Gerry Leonard 

June 2019 through August 2021
Foundation Prep Course & Summer 1: June 17 – August 9, 2019
Summer 2: June 22 – Aug 7, 2020*
Summer 3: June 21 – Aug 6, 2021

* 2 Saturday Classes: July 11 and August 1

6-12 Diploma Course
Academic Two-Year Part-Time Format
2019 – 2021

Director of Training – Gerry Leonard
Foundation Course Trainer – Kay Urquhart
September 2019 through June 2021*

Foundation Prep Course:
September: 5,7, 10, 12, 14, 17,19,21, 24, 26.
October: 1,5, 8, 10,12,15,17,19, 22,24, 29, 31.
November: 2

Elementary Year 1: November 5, 2019 – May 15, 2020
November: 5,7,12,14,16,19,21,23,26.
December: 3,5,7,10, 12,14,17,19,21
January: 9,11, 14,16,18,21,23,25(1/2/day), 28,30
February: 1,4,6,11, 13,15,20,22,25,27,29
March: 3, 5, 7(1/2 day), 10, 12,14, 24,26,28,31
April: 2,4,7,9,14,16,25,28,30.
May: 2, 5,7,9,12,14,16(1/2 day)

Elementary Year 2: September 24, 2020 – June 12, 2021
Classes run every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Daily Schedule
Class runs from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Saturday classes are 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

*Dates are subject to change

Financial Aid

The Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Fund AMI/USA established the MES FUND, INC. in honor of Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson, who devoted her life to AMI teacher training in the United States. The fund, which is administered and supported by AMI/USA, honors her legacy and extends her contribution to touch future teachers.  The fund awards partial scholarships in the form of tuition reduction towards AMI training in the United States to selected students.  The MES Application deadline is May 1st of the year your coursework begins both summer and academic course formats.  To learn more about MES Fund eligibility and for the MES Fund application click here.

Contact Montessori@amiusa.org for more information.

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