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Montessori Institute
of Milwaukee
(414) 481-5050


Training Programs Offered at MIM

Program Overview

Dr. Maria Montessori's intense scientific observation of the human being from birth to maturity allowed her to distill a body of philosophical, psychological, and pedagogical principles.

These, together with a vast range of auto-didactic materials, became known as the Montessori Method of Education.

Maria Montessori

The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. It is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. The Montessori approach succeeds because its principles are drawn from the natural development of the child. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each child's inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.

A high degree of self-discipline, commitment, and a professional attitude is required in the preparation of adults who are about to undertake work with young children. This preparation can only be achieved through immersion in the Montessori theory under the supervision of experienced lecturers. The special materials used with children in a Montessori class require individual training and supervised practice as each piece of apparatus has a function in the total scheme of the Montessori Prepared Environment.

Courses are offered over one academic year or in multi-year modules as approved by the AMI Scientific Pedagogy Group. The course program includes lectures, seminars and demonstrations covering Montessori philosophy, child development and information on the presentation of Montessori materials.

Each course also includes significant components of observation, supervised practice using the didactic materials, material making and scheduled sessions of teaching practice. Students prepare individual albums which detail the purpose, use, and presentation of each piece of material.

Elementary studies include:

Dr. Montessori's principles of psychology; education and teaching methodology, geography, biology, history, language, science, music, art and all branches of mathematics. Supervised practice with the Montessori materials under the guidance of experienced, qualified staff, observation in AMI classes, practice teaching in AMI classes under trainer supervision, material making, preparation of albums containing illustrated notes of didactic materials.
Graduate credit available at Loyola University Maryland toward a M.Ed./Masters in Education or for those who already hold a M.Ed., a Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) is offered.

The Montessori Institute of Milwaukee offers the Elementary Teacher Diploma.

The AMI certified Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (MIM) training programs prepare teachers to work in Montessori classes with children 6 to 12 years old. The Elementary diploma can be earned after successful completion of either our Academic Year Program, or our Multi-summer Program.

Academic Year Programs

Trainees have an integrated, uninterupted experience wherein lectures, observations, practice with materials, material making, and student teaching are under direct supervision of the training center staff.

Multi-Year Programs

In these programs trainees earn their diploma over the course of three summers, or part-time over the course of two years.

As part of the Multi-summer program:

  • In between summers one and two, students are required to spend two uniterrupted 2-week sessions in classrooms directed by A.M.I. teachers for observations.
  • In between summers two and three, students are required to spend two uniterrupted 2-week sessions in classrooms directed by A.M.I. teachers for student teaching.

Dates for Elementary Programs

Enrollment is limited. Contact MIM now for details:
Tel: (414) 481-5050
Email: joellen@montessori6-12ami.org
Full-time Academic Year Elementary Program
Starts September 5, 2018.
Foundation Course for Academic Year Elementary Program
July 30 – August 31, 2018
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Multi-Summer Elementary Program
2017 - July 24 – August 18
2018 June 18 – August 17
2019 June 17 - August
NO WINTER SEMINARS, so only 3 trips
to Milwaukee are required
Foundation Course for Multi-Summer Elementary Program
June 19 – July 21, 2017
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Chicago Area, Multi-Summer Elementary Program
2018 - July 23 - August 17
2019 June 17 - August 9
2020 June 15 - mid August
NO WINTER SEMINARS, so only 3 trips
to Evanston are required
Foundation Course for Multi-Summer Elementary Program
June 18 - July 20, 2018
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with Phyllis Pottish-Lewis

• One-day Workshop
• Feburuary 24, 2018
• From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
• Montessori Institute of Milwaukee

We shall visit the world of arithmetic to discover the ideas of those great mathematicians whose intellects led to notions and concepts that launched the world of science into another realm. Through working with some of these very ideas, our children will come to understand, appreciate and be grateful for the great gift that has been bestowed upon humankind by these unique individuals.

Click here to register, or contact Jo Ellen at the training center joellen@montessori6-12ami.org.

NEW! 3-summer, Chicago Area, Elementary Course Beginning Summer 2018

We are excited about expanding our AMI elementary community and supporting the expansion of AMI Montessori in Chicago Public Schools.

We have a team of trainers, we have a facility in Evanston, we have material making underway.

Click here to register, or contact Jo Ellen at the training center joellen@montessori6-12ami.org

Now accepting applications for AMI Elementary Teacher Training Programs starting in 2018.

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