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Montessori Training

AMI Montessori training is a time tested approach that provides the framework and tools for successfully working with all children, regardless of their socioeconomic status and stage of development. The principles of Montessori education foster a hands-on, self-paced, collaborative, and joyful classroom at any school, anywhere in the world.
 
The course includes lectures, reading sessions, classroom observation and teaching practice, supervised practice using Montessori didactic materials, and classroom material making. Throughout the course, the students prepare individual teaching manuals, which detail the purpose, theory, and presentation of each piece of material, that serve as teaching manuals in the classroom.

Primary Course

The AMI Primary diploma course offers the student a comprehensive study of Montessori theory and practice as it pertains to children ages 3 to 6. By supporting the child’s natural path of development, the child’s desire to interact with the the world in which we live is captivated. The Montessori approach to early childhood supports the child’s independence, coordination of movement, learning and self-regulation.
 
The AMI Primary course focuses on early childhood development, practical implementation and connecting the children to the didactic learning materials. Students will explore Montessori theory as it applies to the the social, emotional and personal development of each individual child. The course focuses on four areas of study that will provide the teacher the tools, understanding and knowledge necessary to support the 3 to 6 year old child’s growth and happiness.
 

Elementary Course

The AMI Elementary diploma course offers the student a comprehensive study of Montessori theory and practice as it pertains to children ages 6 to 12. By supporting the child’s natural path of development and capitalizing on the child’s ever-expanding intelligence, the Montessori approach to the elementary aged child offers integrated curriculum in a collaborative learning environment.
 
The AMI Elementary diploma prepares the teacher to offer curriculum in language, history, biology, mathematics, geography, geometry, music and art. Montessori takes an approach that values the whole child; the social, emotional and personal growth of the child are tended to and nurtured. The Montessori elementary classroom, guided by the trained adult, is a caring, warm environment which allows each child’s potential to be reached.
 
**Please note, a Foundation Course is required for Elementary applicants who do not hold an A.M.I. Primary Diploma. For more information please 
Curriculum
The AMI certified Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (MIM) training programs prepare teachers to work in Montessori classes with children 3 to 6 (primary) and children 6 to 12 years old. The Elementary diploma can be earned after successful completion after our Multi-summer Program.
  • The Primary diploma can be earned after successful completion of either our Academic Year Program, our Part-time, two year program, or our Multi-summer Program
  • The Elementary diploma can be earned after successful completion of our Multi-summer Program.

Academic Year Programs

Trainees have an integrated, uninterupted experience wherein lectures, observations, practice with materials, material making, and student teaching are under direct supervision of the training center staff.

 

Multi-Year Programs

In these programs trainees earn their diploma over the course of three summers, or part-time over the course of two years.As part of the Multi-summer program:

  • In between summers one and two, students are required to spend two uniterrupted 2-week sessions in classrooms directed by A.M.I. teachers for observations.
  • In between summers two and three, students are required to spend two uniterrupted 2-week sessions in classrooms directed by A.M.I. teachers for student teaching.
 

M.Ed./Masters in Education Programs

Graduate credit available at Loyola University Maryland toward a M.Ed./Masters in Education or for those who already hold a M.Ed., a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) is offered.

Montessori Method of Education

“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core.” 

~Maria Montessori, To Educate the Human Potential

“The elementary curriculum, like all of Montessori education, follows the natural development of the child and puts that child into the context of the universe in which she exists, including the accumulated knowledge of humans throughout time.  We present all areas of the curriculum and give each child the tools necessary to explore further, dig deeper and learn more.  By its very nature, the Montessori approach helps the child to develop the whole self, including the social, emotional and physical along with the academic aspects.  Children learn to rely on themselves, their unique abilities and what they each have to offer as individuals in the world.”

~Andrea Fleener, Executive Director and Director of Elementary Training