6-12 Diploma Course
The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Elementary program focuses on the Montessori Method of Education for children from 6-12 years of age. The program includes theory lectures and hands-on practice with Montessori’s materials.
This unique pedagogy places children at the center of the learning process, guiding them to their full potential. The program includes extensive study in Montessori’s theory of child development, and in the practical aspects of applying Montessori education both in classrooms and in school communities.
The program is composed of lectures and detailed presentations of the Montessori materials. With each presentation, there are discussions of how Montessori theory is applied, what are the developmentally appropriate age ranges, and the purposes of the presentations. Students learn the technique of the presentation, along with all the related information that forms the basis for their individual practice. Time is scheduled during class hours for students to practice with the Montessori materials under staff supervision in order to refine their technique of presentation.
Each student creates original reference albums in the areas of: Theory, Language, Mathematics, Geometry, Geography, History, Biology, Music, and Art.
During the course each student is required to write Theory Papers related to Montessori Theory and Practice.
Students are required to make several hand-made materials that are not readily available from manufacturers. This gives students the chance to apply the principles they are studying for the preparation of the Montessori environment.
Observation and Practice Teaching
Observation and Practice Teaching 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 Elementary-trained host teacher. For students enrolled in a summer format course, observation and practice teaching are organized by the student and completed during the academic years between summers.
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.