AMI Montessori Primary Diploma Course (3-6 age level)
The AMI Montessori Primary Diploma Course (3-6 Age Level) is an intensive full time programme designed to help students study closely the theory and practice of the Montessori approach to education. The course of study spread over 9 months will help prepare students for working with children from 3 to 6 years of age. Dr. Montessori developed her core philosophy with this age group and the course deals with seminal ideas of her pedagogy.
- Course Components
- Theory Lectures
The theory lectures will offer the students the opportunity to examine the development of the whole child, and the successive phases of child development. Special consideration is given to the formative psychic powers of the child that leads to all-round development. The carefully prepared environment and materials and the role and attitude of the adult will also be studied.
The practical demonstration lectures deal with the function and presentation of the materials offered to children from 3 to 6 years of age in a Montessori environment. The aims of the materials, the technique of presenting them to the child and the age at which they must be offered will be discussed in these sessions.
During scheduled hours students will have an opportunity to practice with the materials. Students will be supervised and guided in the use of the materials and encouraged to develop and practice the techniques by which they will present the various materials to children.
Care of the Environment
Students will also be asked to take responsibility for the environment everyday just as they would when they are with children. This is an essential aspect of the training that develops the students' eye for the care and maintenance of the material and helps them to develop a familiarity with the set up of a Montessori environment.
School Observation and Teaching Practice
Students will be assigned to go to various Montessori environments in the city for observation and teaching practice. During this time they will be shown how to keep a record of observations and as well as have an opportunity to work directly with children under the supervision of an AMI trained adult. Students will need to budget for their commute to the various city schools.
Assignments and Albums
Students will need to submit typed work at regular intervals during the course, which will include theory essays, material making assignments and observation reports. Students will also prepare four typed albums in the different areas - Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics. Students will need to do four to six hours of organised work at home every day in order to complete all assignments.
Email and Internet Access
Students will need access to Email and internet as information will be sent to them regularly by email. Some assignments will need to be submitted electronically.
All lectures will be in English. Course work will need to be presented in English both orally and in writing. It will be necessary for students to take comprehensive lecture notes and write original essays and prepare assignments based on course information. Students will also be required to explain theoretical principles during the Oral examination.
Students must have 90% attendance for each aspect of the course including time taken off due to illness. Attendance records will be meticulously maintained throughout the year. In case of absence, students should notify the Director of Training in writing, at least one day in advance. In case of illness the student should inform the training centre by phone or email immediately.
- Candidates fulfilling the following requirements will be considered eligible for admission into the course. The candidate should have:
- Completed 20 years
- A Bachelors degree
- A sound knowledge of English
- Excellent computer skills and email access
- Admission Procedure
- Applications must be submitted with all enclosures. The Admissions Review Committee will process all complete applications. The decision of the committee will be final and binding.
- To be considered for admission you need to submit the following:
- Application Form duly filled in and signed by the applicant with one photo affixed
- Two additional photos identical to the one affixed on the application form
- Attested OR Certified Copies of all educational documents
- Letters of reference from current or previous employers
- Application Fee
- HANDWRITTEN essay (about 500 words) on An Overview of My Life
Application fee 1406.00 67.00 With Application
- Based on the application, there will be an interview with a member of faculty. For foreign nationals who are not able to attend an interview in Chennai we can arrange a time when the applicant can call us for a telephone interview. Students may be required to take an English check.
- Admission Confirmation
- Selected candidates will receive a letter of acceptance with a last date for the payment of fees. Once the fees are paid the candidate will receive a letter of confirmation along with the schedule for the first day.
- Students must have 90% attendance for each aspect of the course including time taken off due to illness. Attendance records will be meticulously maintained throughout the year. In case of absence, students should notify the Director of Training in writing, at least one day in advance. In case of illness the student should inform the training centre by phone or email immediately.
- Course Schedule and Timing
- The course is full time and will run 5 days a week from 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM Monday to Friday. Students will be asked to be extremely punctual. The course will be from Wednesday, August 16, 2017 to Friday, April 20, 2018.
- The students' eligibility for appearing for the Examination will depend on the following: There will be two written examinations. Paper A will be on psychology and theory. Paper B will be on the practical aspects with the underpinning principles. There will also be an oral examination in which students will be asked to present the use of the material and explain the underlying theory.
An external examiner will be appointed by AMI to conduct the examinations. The diploma is awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale after a successful written and oral examination and completion of all requirements for certification. The decision of the board of examiners will be final and binding. No appeals will be entertained after results are released.Registered students who for valid reasons fail to appear for the examinations on the scheduled dates at the appointed time may be given the opportunity to appear at the examinations held the following year thereafter. They will have to apply for this opportunity in writing with a full and acceptable explanation. In case of medical grounds, a registered practitioner must attest the medical certificate. They will be charged the Examination Fee for the re-examination. Students appearing for re-examination in any of the four parts can do so ONLY the following year. They will be required to attend additional classes for which they will be charged a fee. They will also be charged the Examination Fee for the re-examination. Students who fail in the examination or re-examination and still wish to attain an AMI diploma will have to undergo another full course of training for which they will be charged the full Course fees including Examination Fee.
- 90% attendance for each aspect of the course
- Punctual completion and submission of all assignments called for in the course of the year
- Full payment of the fees
- Completion of required hours of School Teaching Practice
- Completion of required hours of School Observations
- Completion of required hours of Supervised Practice
- The AMI diploma is awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale. It qualifies the holder to work with children in a Montessori environment between 3 and 6 years of age. The AMI Primary diploma is a highly valued qualification. It is a great asset to those who wish to open their own schools.
- Indian Nationals may pay the fees by means of a crossed local cheque or Demand Draft in favour of Navadisha Montessori Foundation payable in Chennai. Foreign Nationals may pay the fees by Bank Draft/Cashier's Cheque in US Dollars (Pound Sterling or Euros equivalent to US Dollars) in favour of Navadisha Montessori Foundation payable in Chennai. We regret we do not accept payments by Direct Bank Transfer.Refund PolicyThe fee is non-refundable. Once paid it cannot be refunded for any reason either prior to the commencement of or during the course on withdrawal of a student. Students will be required to submit a Refund Policy Acceptance letter at the time of payment of fee.
The last date for Application for Foreign Nationals is Monday, June 26, 2017. No applications from Foreign Nationals will be accepted after this date.The early bird date has been extended. Fee structure for applications reaching us on or before Friday, June 30, 2017
Tuition Fee 72000.00 4000.00 Before course commences Examination Fee 13000.00 500.00 Before course commences Special Fee 11388.00 402.00 Before course commences Service Tax 17350.00 883.00 Before course commences Total 113738.00 5785.00 Before course commences
Fee structure for applications (Indian Nationals) reaching us on or after Saturday, July 1, 2017
Tuition Fee 79000.00 0.00 Before course commences Examination Fee 13000.00 0.00 Before course commences Special Fee 11917.00 0.00 Before course commences Service Tax 18706.00 0.00 Before course commences Total 122623.00 0.00 Before course commences
- Director of Training: Rukmini Ramachandran
Rukmini Ramachandran, leads the training team at the Navadisha Montessori Foundation. Rukmini holds an AMI Montessori Elementary diploma at the 6-12 age level. She entered the field of Montessori education in 1991 when she received her AMI Primary Diploma at the 3-6 age level in Mumbai. She has a Masters in English. She came into Montessori education with a background in journalism, having started her career as Assistant Editor of a children's monthly. She edited the 1939 Montessori lectures in Chennai into a book titled Creative Development in the Child in two volumes. Her most particular interest lies in publishing for children. She currently serves as the Managing Trustee of the Indian Montessori Foundation.
AMI Trainer: Hemalatha Rangarajan
Hemalatha Rangarajan, an AMI trainer, is currently a member of the training team. She has served as a National Examiner during examinations in India and abroad and is deeply involved in mentoring schools. While she was on the AMI Training of Trainers Programme, she participated in five international seminars in Washington DC and Amsterdam. She worked with children for ten years in Patasala Montessori School, where she eventually served as Vice Principal. Hemalatha began her Montessori career on completing the AMI 3-6 Diploma course in 1995. Her long experience has helped her towards her deep faith in the children. She holds a Masters in Psychology, and is interested in widening the scope of Montessori education through research.
Trainer in Training: Ramya Sridhar
Ramya Sridhar, is currently on the AMI Training of Trainers Programme. She worked as a teacher in Navadisha Montessori School on completing the AMI 3-6 Diploma course in 2005. As part of her responsibility in school she assisted with admissions, record keeping and helped organise orientation programmes. Ramya has been a part of the training team during several AMI Assistants courses. She is currently participating in the AMI Asian seminars as part of the Training of Trainers programme in Hyderabad. She has served as a National Examiner during examinations. Ramya holds a Masters in Psychology.
AMI Consultant: Ruby Lau
Ruby Lau, an AMI Trainer and educational consultant, brings her multi-layered experience to mentor and support the training staff and the students of the course. Ruby currently works as a consultant to training courses and schools in many parts of South Asia, including India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and China. Ruby is a senior member of the AMI faculty in China and serves as a member of the Scientific Pedagogical Committee at AMI. She holds AMI diplomas at the 3-6 and 6-12 age levels. Educated from an early age in the UK, Ruby joined the Maria Montessori Training Organisation in London in 1986, and worked both in the school and the training course. She started Little Acorns, a Montessori school that she ran for 15 years, while continuing to work on the course. Ruby began her career in advertising. She served as Chairman of the Montessori Society AMI UK, which promotes an awareness of Montessori education to a wider public.
- Books and Stationery Budget
- It is advisable for students to acquire the Montessori books in the Required Reading list. The students will also have to acquire stationery for the course, for course submissions and the creation of Albums. Students using computers must budget additionally for printing cost, particularly colour printing. The cost will vary depending on the choices made. We would like to emphasise that this a budget and that it is only an approximate guide. The training course neither recommends nor endorses particular stationery products. Students are advised to budget for books and materials for the duration of the course as follows.
Montessori Books 3000.00 Before the Course commences Stationery 3000.00 Before the Course commences Materials 3000.00 Before the Course commences Printing 3000.00 Before the Course commences
- To prepare for the Diploma course and for working in a Montessori environment it is good practice to read around the subject. The following list of books is provided to help you begin this process. Some of these books will be made available in the student library.
- Montessori, Maria The Absorbent Mind Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
- Montessori, Maria The Discovery of the Child Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
- Montessori, Maria The Formation of Man Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
- Montessori, Maria Education for New World Indian Montessori Foundation
- Montessori, Maria The Child in the Family Indian Montessori Foundation
- Montessori, Maria Education and Peace Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
- Montessori, Maria From Childhood to Adolescence Indian Montessori Foundation
- Montessori, Maria The Secret of Childhood Orient Blackswan, Chennai
- Montessori, Maria To Educate the Human Potential Indian Montessori Foundation
- Montessori, Maria What You Should Know About Your Child Indian Montessori Foundation
- Montessori, Mario Jr., Education for Human Development Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
Books published by Indian Montessori Foundation (IMF) will be available for sale at
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