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AMI Classroom Assistants Certificate Elementary (6-12)
The intention of the Assistants Course is to help interested adults become informed, capable, and supportive assistants to a trained elementary teacher.

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
Sixty hours at the Centre, and nine (9) additional hours of observation in an elementary class led by an AMI trained teacher. The observations are to be done either immediately after the course or parallel to the course.
Qualification Prerequisites
No prerequisites
Application Requirements
To enrol, all applicants are required to: 
AMIcomplete a course application form
AMIcomply with any other local application requirements
Qualification Award
Submission of three papers (500 words each) on topics set by the course, to be submitted by a date stipulated by the course director. At least one of these topics should be on a theory topic. In order to obtain the Elementary Assistants Course Certificate a minimum of 90% attendance is required for the lectures. 100% of observation hours must be fulfilled.
Qualification Units
Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading

It is recommended that selected reading from the three books below be assigned during the course to prepare the assistants for continuing their study after the course.


To Educate the Human Potential


The Formation of Man


 Education and Peace


Course Units

Introduction to Montessori
Unit Code: AMIC301
Biography of Dr Montessori and an introduction to the concept of education as an aid to life.
Introduction to Montessori’s Theory of Human Development
Unit Code: AMIC302
AMINeeds and tendencies
AMISelf construction
AMIFour planes of development
AMICharacteristics of child in second plane
The Prepared Environment for the Second Plane
Unit Code: AMIC303
AMIThe elementary teacher
AMIThe materials
AMIOther adults (assistant, experts)
The Plan for the Elementary Child
Unit Code: AMIC304
AMICosmic education
AMIThe pedagogical techniques (examples of lessons may be included)
AMIRole of teacher (transmitter of knowledge, inspiration)
AMIClass composition (mixed ages, sufficient children)
AMIStory telling/oral introductions (Great Stories/other stories)
AMIContent knowledge (key lessons)
AMISensorial/imaginative presentations, leading to abstraction
AMIDevelop imagination, leading to creativity
AMIAwareness of necessity for social/moral development
AMIGoing Out (implementing the child’s self construction)
AMIOther adults (there is more outside the classroom)
Freedom and Responsibility
Unit Code: AMIC305
AMIFreedom as applied to child in elementary environment 
AMIResponsibility as applied to child in elementary environment
Interacting with the Elementary Child
Unit Code: AMIC306
AMIManner of speaking to a child 
AMIAppropriate direction for a child
AMIManner of redirecting child
Assisting the Trained Teacher
Unit Code: AMIC307
AMIHave regular meetings with the teacher
AMIObservation of the children that supports the work of the teacher/child
AMIMaintenance of the environment
AMIOrdering supplies
AMIAccompanying children on Going Outs
AMIRole Model for appropriate classroom behaviours (language, movement, activity)
AMIMaintain confidentiality