Admission to the Primary and Elementary Courses
- Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree
- Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree and an A.M.I. Primary Diploma*
- Candidates with a Bachelor's Degree but not an A.M.I. Primary Diploma who have satisfactorily completed the Foundation Course.*
Primary Course (3 to 6 years)
The primary course focuses on the Montessori pedagogy and practices relating to the characteristics of children from 3 to 6 years of age, the needs expressed during this stage of development, and the means available to assist the child's work of self-construction. The teacher is trained to act as a vital and unhurried link between children and their surroundings; all children explore freely at their own pace. Student observation and practice teaching are under the direct guidance of the training staff.
Elementary Course (6 to 12 years)
The elementary course combines intensive lectures with hands-on exploration of teaching materials and classroom observations. It is an interdisciplinary study of human beings, their endeavors, and their relationship to the universe.
At the elementary level, children seek the reason for everything. Instead of expecting the child to memorize a curriculum, the Montessori teacher presents aspects of culture to the elementary child as "seeds of interest" lessons which touch the child's imagination and ignite their intellect. Searching for answers through individual and small group activities, elementary students learn geography, biology, history, language, science, music, art, and all branches of mathematics. The training for elementary teachers also includes Dr. Montessori's principles of psychology, education, and teaching methodology.
The Foundation Course
During the initial part of the application procedure, the prospective student needs to submit the application form provided on this website and follow the included instructions.
When all application components have been received, a personal interview is generally required. Phone interviews can be scheduled for those who do not reside locally.