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.*

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In the Primary teacher training, you will study and engage in:

  1. 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.
  2. Montessori curriculum in all areas of the classroom, including Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Geography, Science (heavy emphasis on Biology), History, Art, and Music.
  3. 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.
  4. Supervised practice sessions with the manipulative materials, under the guidance of qualified staff.
  5. 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.
  6. Practice teaching in authentic Montessori classrooms, partnering with Montessori schools while under the supervision of MISD’s expert trainers.
  7. Montessori in practice: how to apply Montessori principles to classroom management.
  8. Practical guidance for establishing, equipping, normalizing, and operating a Montessori classroom or program.
  9. Practical seminars in materials-making, so that you will have the skills needed to enrich your classroom while staying true to Montessori principles.
  10. 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:

Primary Q&A Webinar

Course Formats:

  • 9-Month Full-time — an academic year format for students who want to obtain their AMI diploma as quickly as possible.
  • 2-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.


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Primary (3-modules) 2021-2022
June 7, 2021 – August 6, 2021 (online module)
January 10, 2022 – January 21, 2022 (online module)
June 13, 2022 – July 29, 2022 (in person module)



Primary (academic year) 2020-2021
This course transitioned to an online hybrid format due to Covid-19.
October 5, 2020 – December 18, 2020 (online module)
March 8, 2021 – March 19, 2021 (online module)
April 12, 2021 – May 14, 2021 (in person module)

Primary (2-summers) 2019-20
June 17, 2019 – August 9, 2019
June 15, 2020 – July 24, 2020

Primary (academic year) 2019-20
September 16, 2019 – May 15, 2020
8:00am – 2:30pm

School Catalog – (Download PDF)

Primary Student Performance Fact Sheet – (Download PDF)