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The AMI Montessori 6-12 Diploma Course (age level 6-12) 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 16 months will help prepare students for working with children from 6 to 12 years of age.

Course Delivery

This course will be onsite.
Timing: 8:45 AM to 3:15 PM

Course Prerequisites

AMI Foundation Course Certificate OR AMI 3-6 Diploma is a prerequisite for taking the 6 – 12 Diploma Course. The Foundation Course fee is waived for students who are enrolled and have paid the fees for the 6- 12 Diploma Course.

Course Components

The AMI Montessori 6-12 Diploma Course (age level 6-12) 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 16 months will help prepare students for working with children from 6 to 12 years of age.

Theory Lectures

The theory lectures will offer the students the opportunity to examine Montessori’s theory of child development in the elementary years, and to study in depth, Montessori’s vision of cosmic education, an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human beings, their endeavours and relationship with the universe.

Demonstration Lectures

The practical demonstration lectures deal with the lessons and presentation of the materials offered to children from 6 to 12 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.

Supervised Practice

During scheduled hours students will have an opportunity to practice with the material presented to them. Students will be guided in the use of the material 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 an elementary class.

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 written work at regular intervals during the course, which will include theory essays, material making assignments and observation reports. Students will also prepare six albums in the different areas – History, Language, Arithmetic, Geometry, Geography, Biology. Students will need to do four to six hours of organised work at home every day in order to complete all assignments.

Email, Internet and Scanning

Students will need regular access to email and the internet throughout the course. All assignments will need to be submitted electronically. Students will be required to scan and upload some of their work.

Language

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, read Montessori books, write original essays and prepare assignments based on course information. Students will also be required to explain theoretical principles during the Oral examination.

Attendance

Students must have a minimum of 90% attendance of the course including time taken off due to illness. Attendance records will be meticulously maintained throughout the year. In case of absence, students must notify the Training Team in writing, at least one day in advance. In case of a sudden illness the student must inform the Training Team by email immediately.

Examinations

At the end of the course, students will take three written examinations. Paper A will be on child psychology and Montessori principles on child development. Paper B1 and B2 will be on Montessori materials and their underpinning examination principles and the practical areas. The duration of the written examinations will be approximately 3 hours.

Students will also take oral examinations in each practical area. During the oral examination, the student will demonstrate the use of a material in each area and discuss with the examiner the underpinning principles. The duration of the oral examinations will be approximately 3 hours.

Diploma

The AMI diploma is awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale. It qualifies the holder to work with children in a Montessori environment between 6 and 12 years of age. The AMI Elementary diploma is a highly valued qualification. It is a great asset to those who wish to open their own schools.

Eligibility

Candidates fulfilling the following requirements will be considered eligible for admission into the course. The candidate should have:

  • Completed 20 years
  • A Bachelor’s degree
  • A sound knowledge of English
  • AMI 3-6 Diploma Course OR AMI Foundation Course
  • Excellent computer skills and internet access

We welcome candidates from all walks of life and different professions. Occasionally we do consider applicants who do not have a Bachelor’s degree based on their life experience.

Fees

Indian Nationals Foreign Nationals Opening Date End Date
Application Fee ₹ 1289.00 $ 69 April 1, 2022 August 9, 2023
Course Fee (Early Bird) ₹ 147507.00 $ 6438.00 April 1, 2022 July 23, 2023
Course Fee (Regular) ₹ 160015.00 $ 6438.00 July 24, 2023 August 9, 2023

Books and Stationery Budget

It is advisable for students to acquire the Montessori books in the Required Reading list. The students may also have to acquire stationery for the course, for course submissions and the creation of Albums. The cost will vary depending on the choices made. We would like to emphasise that this is 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.

Items Budget Likely to be spent
Montessori Books ₹ 8000 Before the course commences
Stationery ₹ 2000 For the duration of the course
Materials ₹ 2000 For the duration of the course

Books and Reading

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.

Required Reading

  • Montessori, Maria Citizen of the World Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
  • Montessori, Maria The Formation of Man Indian Montessori Foundation
  • Montessori, Maria Education and Peace Indian Montessori Foundation
  • Montessori, Maria The Advanced Montessori Method Vols. 1 & 2 Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
  • Montessori, Maria From Childhood to Adolescence Indian Montessori Foundation
  • Montessori, Maria To Educate the Human Potential Indian Montessori Foundation
  • Montessori, Maria The Child, Society and the World Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company

Recommended Reading

  • Montessori, Mario Jr., Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company
  • A M Joosten Foundations of Montessori Pedagogy Indian Montessori Foundation
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