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AMI Diploma Children’s House (3-6)

An in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy focusing on the developmental needs of children from three to six years of age.

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
At least 400 hours of classroom-based training including lectures, a minimum of 140 hours of supervised practice with Montessori materials and 170 hours of observation and teaching practicum in Montessori settings.
Qualification Prerequisites
Please contact training centres for any prerequisities.
Application Requirements
AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are typically required to provide the following with their application:
AMICurrent resume
AMICertified copies of all academic transcripts
AMIShort essay, written in the applicant’s own words
AMISigned reference letters
Qualification Award
The AMI Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion all AMI and course requirements:
AMISubmission of original albums
AMIRequired reading
AMIMaterial making
AMIPractice with Montessori materials under supervision
AMIObservation of children in Montessori settings
AMITeaching Practicum
AMI90% attendance
AMISuccessful completion of written and oral examinations
Qualification Units
Completion of the units as specified is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading
Maria MontessoriThe Secret of Childhood
Maria MontessoriThe Discovery of the Child
Maria MontessoriThe Absorbent Mind
Maria MontessoriThe Formation of Man
Maria MontessoriEducation and Peace
Maria MontessoriThe Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 1
Maria Montessori1946 London Lectures
Maria MontessoriThe Four Planes of Education (AMI Pamphlet)
Mario M. Montessori, SrThe Human Tendencies and Montessori Education (AMI Pamphlet)

Course Units

The Montessori Philosophy, Psychology and Child Development
Unit Code: AMID201
This course component introduces Dr. Maria Montessori’s philosophy and psychology of human development, focusing on early learning and child development from three to six years of age.
The Child's Acquisition of Fundamental Learning Skills
Unit Code: AMID202
This course component introduces the exercises of daily life (practical life). These exercises promote coordination of movement, independent function, social grace, self-esteem, impulse control, empathy, attention and concentration through the integration of mind and body.
The Development and Education of the Senses
Unit Code: AMID203
This course component introduces the activities known in Montessori education known as Exercises for the Education of the Senses. These are designed to lead the child to an intelligent and imaginative exploration of the world. Content includes identification of a child’s process of classifying his world, problem solving, decision making and critical thinking. This area includes extensions in the areas of music, geometry, geography and botany.
Language and Literacy
Unit Code: AMID204
This course component introduces exercises for the development of spoken and written language, reading readiness, pre-reading and reading skills appropriate for children ages 3 – 6. Content includes a focus on self-confidence and self-expression within a social setting. There is also emphasis on spoken and written language in the areas of daily life, story telling, composition, literature, geography, history, biology, science, music, art, as well as the functional aspects of grammar, syntax and reading analysis.
Unit Code: AMID205
This course component is designed to explore the way in which a young child develops their ‘mathematical mind’ and to show by demonstration and lecture the Montessori activities that provide sensorial foundations for geometry and algebra, counting and arithmetic.
Montessori Materials and their Role in Assisting Child Development
Unit Code: AMID206
The aim of this subject is to acquire a deep understanding of the qualities of the Montessori materials and their function as aids to child development.
The Critical Role of Observation
Unit Code: AMID207
The aim of this subject is to observe children in Montessori classrooms in order to appreciate the role of observation as a major source of information about the child. Through the experience the student will come to realise the role of exact, detailed, objective observations in facilitating a greater understanding of the Montessori theory of growth and development. An additional aim is to raise awareness of the importance and nature of the interactions between the child, the adult and the prepared environment.
Montessori Professional Experience
Unit Code: AMID208
The aim of this subject is to provide the opportunity to work under the direction of a qualified and experienced Montessori teacher, to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge of child growth and development to practical situations in established Montessori classrooms.
Educational Theory and Practice
Unit Code: AMID209
This subject will introduce students to a selection of theories of education and child development. The students will be introduced to the profound nature and effects of parent/child issues on the development of young children.
Unit Code: AMID210
This subject will assist in informing and preparing students for the administrative and professional environment in which they are likely to be working.
Legal Issues and OHS
Unit Code: AMID211
This subject will assist in informing and preparing students for the administrative and professional environment in which they are likely to be working.
Reading and Discussions Sessions
Unit Code: AMID212
The students are to read books and make use of them for both their written work/essays as well as practice with material and related discussions. The course reading list includes required and recommended titles.
Written Work
Unit Code: AMID213
Each student shall compile an individual manual for each area of the Course. These manuals should include an introduction to each area; a description of each piece of material; the age of the child working with the material; and the aims and purposes of the material. The manuals are the student’s personal record of their course work; the work is supervised with a final assessment at the end of the Course. In order to clarify the basic points connected with Montessori child psychology the students are to write essays on topics supplied by the Course.
Material Making
Unit Code: AMID214
Under supervision students will also engage in material making. All such materials are checked by the Trainer(s).