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AMI Training of Trainers Programme

The AMI programme for the training of future AMI Trainers

Background

The AMI Training Group is responsible for the course content and the academic guidance as well as the selection of trainers-in-training and the continuous assessment of their ongoing training. AMI has been providing this type of training since 1974, and many of the programme’s graduates are now established trainers and directors of training.

The Training of Trainers Programme is a challenging experience, providing participants with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of the ideas and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori and develop the skills to pass the knowledge gained to future generations of Montessori teachers.

Training Formats

Option A: Full-time training on three academic-year courses, two of which are taken under the guidence of the same Director of Training and the third course is taken with a different Director of Training.

Option B: Full-time training on a combination of academic-year, summer courses and/or modular for a total of three courses, two of which are taken under the guidance of the same Director of Training and the third course is taken with a different Director of Training. Training may be followed primarily on summer or modular courses or with obligatory participation in at least one academic-year course.

Option C: (Seminar format):  A series of seminars held over a period of two to three years combined with two courses of which must be under the guidance of the same Director of Training. The seminars are equivalent, for the purpose of the Training of Trainers’ Programme, to attendance on one full training course (Part 3, usually with a different Director of Training).

The Training of Trainers Programme at the Assistants to Infancy level is followed either on summer and/or modular courses since, at the present time, the majority of Assistants to Infancy courses are given in those formats.

Where Is The Training Programme Carried Out?

Options A & B: The Training Group assigns the trainer-in-training to an experienced Director of Training at an AMI Training Centre running a course for the age level in question.

Option C (Seminar Format):  The series of seminars are led by experienced AMI Trainers. For the practical aspects of the Training of Trainers Programme, the trainer-in training is assigned to an AMI Training Centre for two courses for the age level in question. 

The Programme

The Training of Trainers Programme is composed of three parts.

Part 1 and Part 2 are followed at one and the same training centre.

Part 3 is followed at a different training centre unless you follow the seminar format.

Part 1 is a probationary period, during which the trainer-in-training audits all lectures, submits written assignments to a satisfactory standard and experiences the day-to-day aspects of a course.

Part 2 is an extension and consolidation of the work started at Part 1; the trainer-in-training finishes the written assignments, completes the Trainer’s Album and lectures to the students.

Upon successful completion of Part 2, the trainer-in-training is granted Auxiliary Trainer status.

Part 3 allows the trainer-in-training to take on more responsibility for areas of training already covered.  Lecturing skills are strengthened, knowledge is extended in regard to administrative responsibilities of running courses as a trainer and the trainer-in-training is required to submit two research literature review papers.  This part is done at a second centre, under a different Director of Training unless you follow the seminar format in which case you will be at the same training centre during this time.

Successful completion of all Parts of the programme leads to AMI Trainer status

Requirements for Acceptance for Training

Assistants to Infancy level training:

  • an AMI assistants to infancy diploma
  •  an AMI primary diploma (applicants who are not in possession of an AMI primary (3-6) diploma are required to attend an AMI Foundation Course, carry out observations in Primary classrooms and submit certain written assignments)
  • a minimum of five years teaching experience, at least two of which are consecutive, in an infant/toddler community where the Montessori principles and practice are fully implemented
  •  a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  •  membership of AMI
  •  a classroom observation visit by someone appointed by the Training Group

Primary level training:

  •  an AMI primary diploma
  • a minimum of five years teaching experience, at least three of which are consecutive, directing a class of 3-6 year-old children where the Montessori principles and practice are fully implemented
  • a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  •  membership of AMI
  •  a classroom observation visit by someone appointed by the Training Group

Elementary level training:

  • an AMI elementary diploma
  • an AMI primary diploma
  • a minimum of five years teaching experience at the elementary level, comprised of work in both lower (6-9) and upper (9-12) environments (or in a 6-12 environment) directing a class of children where the Montessori principles and practice are fully implemented. Three of those five years must be consecutive (in one class) at one or other level.
  •  a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  •  membership of AMI
  • a classroom observation visit by someone appointed by the Training Group

Applicants who meet the requirements are requested to present themselves for two interviews, to be carried out by members of the Training Group.

Fees

An application fee of €150 is standard for all applicants.  There are no tuition fees for Option 1 and Option 2.

There is a tuition fee for Option 3 (seminar format); to be announced when plans for such a format are being realised.

The trainer-in-training is not reimbursed by the training centre. However, a salary may be paid to a trainer-in-training at the discretion of and financial possibilities available to the training centre concerned.

Expenses

While at a training centre, the trainer-in-training is responsible for costs incurred for travel, accommodation, meals, day-to-day living expenses, books and study materials.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available to the trainer-in-training from the MM 75 Fund in the form of an interest-free loan. Upon achieving AMI trainer status, 50% of the loan is turned into a grant. For further information on the MM 75 Fund please refer to the website: www.mm75.org. An application form is available on request by email to: office@mm75.org

Continued Support by AMI

AMI offers a range of possibilities to its trainers to continue deepening their knowledge and understanding through ongoing guidance, study conferences and trainers’ meetings.

Information and Application Forms

As a first step, prospective candidates are invited to submit their curriculum vitae/resumé to the AMI Training Group by e-mail to: trainingoftrainers@montessori-ami.org or in writing to Association Montessori Internationale, Koninginneweg 161, 1075 CN Amsterdam, Netherlands.