International Montessori
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Primary (Ages 3-6) Course Catalog

1. Montessori Education

4. Course Requirements

7. Leaving the Course

2. Affiliation and Objective

5. Admissions

8. Additional Information

3. Program of Study

6. Fees

9. Bibliography


4. Course Requirements

Exam PreparationThe AMI course requirements include attendance at lectures, participation in supervised practice sessions, field experiences of observation and practice teaching, preparation of illustrated course albums and specified classroom materials. In addition, successful completion of written and oral exams in both theory and practice are required for the granting of the AMI diploma. An examiner of the AMI conducts oral examinations. The training staff conducts regular and ongoing internal evaluations in order to help the student meet the requirements of the diploma.

At the conclusion of the course, all fees must have been paid before the diploma or any unofficial or official transcripts can be released. Partial credit is never granted and partial transcripts are never issued. During the course of study, if all fees have been paid or if the student is current with payments on an approved tuition payment plan, and if the student has met all work deadlines, the student is entitled to a statement of good standing as of the date of issue. However, no interim reports of progress or personal references are given while the student is enrolled in the course.

Oral Exam PreparationCourses which lead to an AMI Diploma must meet standards with regard to content. Upon successful completion of course requirements, participants of recognized training courses are awarded an AMI Diploma. The diploma does not qualify the bearer to train other teachers, and so states.

Each student in the course is personally responsible for being aware of and completing all requirements of the program. A full calendar and schedule, listing all due dates, is given to students on the first day of classes. Records are kept of each student’s attendance, including tardiness, for lectures, discussions, reviews, and supervised practice sessions. Records of observations and practice teaching are signed by the cooperating Guides and form part of the student’s permanent file.

Material MakingChildren’s House (Classroom) Materials

Material MakingCertain materials necessary for the presentations given to children must be prepared by the student and approved by the training staff. Some materials are not produced by manufacturers, and are thus handmade or collected by the student. Techniques are learned for embellishing, decorating, color coding, sewing, framing and mounting. Aesthetics and beauty are the hallmark of a Montessori environment. Students learn skills that focus on exactitude and order when designing new items for the prepared environment.

Theory Lectures

TheoryTheory lectures present an overview of Montessori thought on human development from birth to adulthood, with an emphasis on child psychology and development from the ages of three through six (primary). The lectures integrate educational principles and practices with Maria Montessori’s view on developmental psychology. Students write a theory album to consolidate their understanding of the philosophy, as well as to serve as a future tool for outreach and advocacy work with parents and early childhood providers.

Supervised PracticalsSupervised Practicals

A minimum of 140 pre-service hours, under the direction of the staff, is required with the materials at the training center, to ensure that the movements of the trainee become habitual, precise and dynamic. In this way, children will be shown presentations that are clear, and the focus by the adult can be on the child, rather than the technique.

Course Albums

Each student is required to produce original, typed, and fully illustrated albums (reference books) which reflect the content of the course. Notes and sketches taken during the lectures are used as the basis for these albums. Sections of the albums are evaluated throughout the course and the completed albums are submitted at the final AMI oral examinations to the Board of Examiners.

Books, Readings, and Other Assignments

Trainer DemoStudents are required to read Dr. Montessori’s books and make use of them for their written work, discussions, essays, examinations, and practice with materials. A list of required books is provided upon acceptance. It is recommended that the books be read prior to enrollment (see bibliography).

Students may be asked to write essays during the year on various topics in order to integrate essential aspects of Montessori pedagogy. Students have the benefit of several practice quizzes as part of the preparation for the AMI written examinations.

AMI requires attendance at all of the lectures, demonstrations, and practice sessions held during the course time period (with a very small number of excused absences permitted).

ObservationObservations (in Montessori Schools)

A minimum number of hours of observation of children in pre-approved primary environments directed by a Montessori Guide holding an AMI Primary Diploma is required. Students observe in several different environments and are expected to make their own arrangements for transportation to the off-site schools. Observation Journals are evaluated during the course and are submitted at the final oral exams to the board of examiners.

Practice TeachingPractice Teaching (in Montessori Schools)

A minimum number of hours of practice teaching with children in pre-approved primary environments directed by a guide holding an AMI Diploma specific to the appropriate primary level is required. Students practice teach in several different environments and are expected to make their own arrangements for transportation to the off-site schools. Practice Teaching Journals are evaluated during the course and are submitted at the final oral exams to the board of examiners.

Written Examinations

Each student writes essay examinations in Montessori theory and in Montessori pedagogy (theory as related to practice).

Oral Examinations

Written Exam PreparationA panel of examiners is chaired by an external examiner appointed by AMI. This panel of examiners administers an oral examination of approximately two to three hours’ duration.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to read, sign, and adhere to a policy on academic integrity (i.e., honor code), which essentially requires that all work performed or submitted is personally done by the student or properly attributed to others. Plagiarism is grounds for dismissal from the course.