MISD’s most popular Montessori teacher training course follows the development of the child from age three to age six. Dr. Montessori’s comprehensive theory of child development and pedagogy first originated through her work with this age group. She wrote extensively about three to six year olds, and developed an impressive set of sequential manipulative materials across subjects, which are still used today in Montessori Primary classrooms around the world.
The AMI Primary course prepares you for your challenging task as a Montessori Primary teacher: guiding young children to develop the fullness of their individual human potential. During the course you will establish strong habits of observation, reflection, and experimentation that will serve you well throughout your career.
*This program is MACTE accredited.*
In the Primary teacher training, you will study and engage in:
- Montessori philosophy, child psychology, and practices of education: a progressive course of lectures will lead you through the essentials of Dr. Montessori’s groundbreaking educational theory.
- Montessori curriculum in all areas of the classroom, including Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Geography, Science (heavy emphasis on Biology), History, Art, and Music.
- Practical use and exploration of the wealth of specially-designed manipulative materials developed by Dr. Montessori over the course of her life’s work with children.
- Supervised practice sessions with the manipulative materials, under the guidance of qualified staff.
- Observational skills: The skill of carefully and systematically observing young children, in order to better understand and nurture each child as an individual. This will include 90 hours of classroom observation.
- Practice teaching in authentic Montessori classrooms, partnering with Montessori schools while under the supervision of MISD’s expert trainers.
- Montessori in practice: how to apply Montessori principles to classroom management.
- Practical guidance for establishing, equipping, normalizing, and operating a Montessori classroom or program.
- Practical seminars in materials-making, so that you will have the skills needed to enrich your classroom while staying true to Montessori principles.
- MISD offers several convenient scheduling options that allow you to maintain your current job while completing the training.
Want more information about our Primary course? Check out this webinar recording featuring Dr. Silvia C. Dubovoy answering attendees’ questions:
- 9-Month Full-time — an academic year format for students who want to obtain their AMI diploma as quickly as possible.
- 3-Summers — Ideal for working teachers and assistants, or others who have commitments during the school year.
- Part-time — Twice a week during the evening. This format is not currently available, but was offered in the past and may be available again in the future. Contact us to be placed on the interest list.
Primary (academic year) 2017-18
September 7, 2017 – May 18, 2018
Primary (academic year) 2016-17
September 8, 2016 – May 19, 2017
Primary (3-summers) 2015-17
June 22 – July 31, 2015
June 20 – July 29, 2016
June 19 – July 14, 2017