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AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate Early Childhood 3-6

An introduction to Montessori pedagogy and training for the role of assistant in a Montessori early childhood centre or preschool classroom.

The course is also useful for parents, carers, and childcare professionals from other fields who would like an in depth understanding of the Montessori approach to education.

Qualification Authorising Body

Association Montessori Internationale

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
60 hours of classroom based training
8 hours of observations in an early childhood or preschool setting
 
Qualification Prerequisites
No prerequisites
 
Qualification Requirements
To enrol, all applicants are required to: 
be over 18 years of age
complete the course Application Form, referring to the Terms and Conditions therein
pay the Application Fee
comply with any course prerequisites
 
Qualification Award
Completion of course units.
Submission of three papers (500 words each).
A minimum of 90% attendance is required.
 
Qualification Units
Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.
 
Required Reading
Selected reading from the following four books by Maria Montessori will be given out during the course:
The Secret of Childhood
The Child in the Family
Education for a New World
The Absorbent Mind
 
 

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AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate 3-6

Course Units

Introduction to Montessori
Unit Code: AMIC201
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

Biography of Dr Montessori and an introduction to the concept of education as an aid to life.

The Role of the Directress
Unit Code: AMIC202
Unit Contact Hours: 2 hours

Role of the Montessori teacher.

The Role of the Assistant
Unit Code: AMIC203
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

How to support the development of the child and assist the teacher. This will also provide an overview of how the parent can support the child’s development in the home.

Overview of the Planes of Development
Unit Code: AMIC204
Unit Contact Hours: 4 hours

Montessori’s framework outlining the different characteristics of needs of people at different stages of development and how we can support this.

The Child’s Mind from 0-6 Years
Unit Code: AMIC205
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

How the child under 6 learns. Includes an overview of the absorbent mind and sensitive periods.

Order
Unit Code: AMIC206
Unit Contact Hours: 2 hours

The importance of Order and Precision, with emphasis on the part Order plays in the development of the personality.

Movement 0-6
Unit Code: AMIC207
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

Overview of the development of Movement and its significance for the child under 6. This also includes a practical component of practicing how to move in the environment and how to carry items.

Language
Unit Code: AMIC208
Unit Contact Hours: 5 hours

Overview of the development of language, also taking into account the following elements: preparation of the adult; use of language in general; the need for correct, precise, rich, scientifically exact vocabulary; how to listen to children; how to elicit language. This also includes a practical component of how to speak to children and practice with 'grace and courtesy'.

Independence
Unit Code: AMIC209
Unit Contact Hours: 4 hours

Overview of the development of independence, also taking into account different levels of independence—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual, as conditions for interdependence.

Prepared Environment
Unit Code: AMIC210
Unit Contact Hours: 4 hours

The role and nature of the Home and Casa dei Bambini environments (including the physical and the intangible aspects).

Freedom and Discipline
Unit Code: AMIC211
Unit Contact Hours: 4 hours

Understanding the concept of Freedom from the Montessori point of view and the growth of Discipline as an inner development. To gain knowledge of Montessori’s understanding of Freedom and Discipline.

Social Development
Unit Code: AMIC212
Unit Contact Hours: 2 hours

Overview of social development and how we can support this in the child under 6.

Keys to Observation
Unit Code: AMIC213
Unit Contact Hours: 3 hours

Why observations are so important and techniques and ways of recording observations.

Observation (Practical Component)
Unit Code: AMIC214
Unit Contact Hours: 8 hours

8 hours to be completed in addition to course content.

Music
Unit Code: AMIC215
Unit Contact Hours: 2 hours

Theory and techniques of music and how this can be offered in the 3 to 6 environment.

Art
Unit Code: AMIC216
Unit Contact Hours: 2 hours

Theory and techniques and how this can be offered in the 3 to 6 environment.

Maintaining the Environment (Indoor and Outdoor)
Unit Code: AMIC217
Unit Contact Hours: 2 hours

The importance of maintaining the indoor and outdoor environment and the role of the assistant in relation to this.

Material Making Techniques
Unit Code: AMIC218
Unit Contact Hours: 10 hours

Introducing the techniques for making, mending and maintaining materials. Includes time for practical components.