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.

Primary studies include:

Psychology, child development and philosophy of the Montessori approach, The Exercises of Practical Life and the child's acquisition of fundamental learning skills, sensorial development, and development of spoken and written language, mathematics, geography, history, art, biology and music.

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 both Primary and the Elementary Teacher Diploma.

The AMI certified Montessori Institute of Milwaukee (MIM) training programs prepare teachers to work in Montessori classes with children 3 to 6 (primary) and children 6 to 12 years old. The Elementary diploma can be earned after successful completion after 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 and Primary Programs

Enrollment is limited. Contact MIM now for details:
Tel: (414) 481-5050
Full-time Academic Year Primary Program
Starts September 5, 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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Learn How to Become a Primary Montessori Teacher with AMI Trainer Naoko Ogawa


  1. Wednesday, August 8 at 5:00pm
  2. Thursday, August 16 at 5:00pm

Where: Montessori Institute of Milwaukee
621 S. 4th Street
Milwaukee, WI 53207

Naoko is back IN MILWAUKEE and beginning an Academic year Primary Course September 5, 2018!

Call and Reserve a Place: 414-481-5050

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

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