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AMI Primary Training Course Information

The Primary course covers the application of the Montessori Method of education for children from 3 to 6 years of age. Theory lectures create the foundation for a Montessori teacher’s practical work and are referred to throughout the duration of the course. The lectures focus on child development, Montessori theory and philosophy, practical aspects of Montessori education and schools as communities. Students are expected to take thorough notes of all theory lectures, for these will form the basis of their Theory Album.

The majority of the course is dedicated to demonstrations of the Montessori materials. With each demonstration, there will be a discussion of related theory, such as the age of the child, the purposes of the material, extensions and the sequence within the scope of the materials. Student’s notes on the technique of the presentation, along with all of the related information will form the basis for their individual practice with the materials. Refinement and the completion of these notes form the basis for the student’s original reference albums in each of the four areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics.

Time is scheduled during class hours for students to practice with the Montessori materials under staff supervision (without actual children) to refine their technique in presenting materials and to clarify notes that will be used to create their albums.

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

Observation and Teaching Practice
Observation and practice teaching in are another aspect of the course which 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 primary-trained host teacher. For students enrolled in a summer format course, observation and practice teaching are organized by the student and completed between summers during the intervening academic years.

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

Students enrolled in a summer training program at MTCNE in Hartford 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.

Upcoming Courses

Primary Training Course
Three Summer Format
2020-2022*

Director of Training – Ms. Connie Black 

June 2020 through July 2022
Summer 1: June 22, 2020 – August 7, 2020
Summer 2: June 21, 2021- August 6, 2021
Summer 3: June 21, 2022  – July 15, 2022
Classes run 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday

*MTCNE’s Boston Satellite

MTCNE’s Boston Satellite Training Center is a short walk from the Boston/Winchester commuter train and just 15 minutes north of Boston.

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Primary Training Course
Academic Year Format
2020-2021

Director of Training – Gretchen Hall
September 2020 – May 2021
4-day a week course, Tuesday–Friday running from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Current Courses

Primary Training Course
Three Summer Format
2018-2020

Director of Training – Gretchen Hall
June 2018 through July 2020
Summer 1: June 18 – Aug 3, 2018
Summer 2: June 17 – Aug 2, 2019
Summer 3: June 22 – July 17, 2020

Primary Training Course
Academic Year Format
2019-2020

Director of Training – Gretchen Hall
September 3, 2019 – May 15, 2020
4-day a week course, Tuesday–Friday running from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Financial Aid

The Montessori Schools of Massachusetts (MSM) Gail Supanich Memorial Scholarship – Montessori Schools of Massachusetts, as part of its commitment to member schools, has established a scholarship program to promote the training of Montessori teachers. MSM will offer a minimum of 1 scholarship of $4,000 to an applicant who otherwise would not have the opportunity to take Montessori training. This scholarship will be awarded to an applicant who is entering training and who demonstrates both a commitment to Montessori education and financial need *. Applicants must be enrolled in MACTE/AMI approved training program.  Applications for scholarship consideration must be postmarked by March 15, 2020 to be considered.  To learn more about the MSM Gail Supanich Memorial Scholarship and for the application, click here.
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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