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AMI Montessori Diploma Early Childhood 3-6

An in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy focusing on the developmental needs of the child for Montessori educators of children from three to six years. This course is an approved diploma level education and care qualification by the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA).

Qualification Authorising Body

Association Montessori Internationale

Course Information

Qualification Delivery
At least 400 hours of classroom based training including lectures and a minimum of 140 hours of practice with Montessori materials under supervision 170 hours of observation and vocational placement in Montessori settings
Qualification Prerequisites
Normal Admission: Degree holders
Special Admission: Consideration of other qualifications and experience
Admission by interview for all applicants
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
In addition, AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are required to provide the following documentation with their application:
Current resume
Certified copies of all tertiary qualifications
Short autobiographical essay to describe your past experiences and future direction, particularly relating to working with children. It must be written by the applicant in their own words, be typed, and of 2 pages in length. The essay should address the following questions:
- Why do you wish to follow Montessori training?
- How did you first learn about the course?
Three signed reference letters, two professional in nature and one character reference
Qualification Award
The AMI Diploma is awarded upon satisfactory completion of the components of the course requirements and the attendance requirement listed on the AMI Requirements for Certification document that is signed by the Director of Training and the student upon acceptance into the course. In order to be eligible to sit for the written and oral examinations a minimum attendance of 90% is required in the following: theory lectures, demonstrations of materials in each area, discussions/reviews, and required reading seminars. In order to receive the diploma the following requirements must be met: successful written and oral examinations, submission of acceptable albums in all areas, materials as required, observation and observation reports, practice teaching as scheduled.

Students deferred for any part of the examinations must retake that part the subsequent year and may resit only once. Students deferred for any part of the other requirements must fulfil that part the subsequent year. Should the training centre not hold a course and therefore examination in the subsequent year, the Director of Training will advise an alternate AMI training centre where the student may sit the examinations. All the expenses involved are for the account of the student. Students who fail Paper A and Paper B of the written examination and the oral examinations have failed the course.
Qualification Units
Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.
Required Reading
Maria Montessori The Secret of Childhood
Maria Montessori The Discovery of the Child
Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind
Maria Montessori The Formation of Man
Maria Montessori Education and Peace
Maria Montessori The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 1
Maria Montessori The Four Planes of Education (AMI Pamphlet)
Mario Montessori The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education (AMI Pamphlet)
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Course Units

The Montessori Philosophy, Psychology and Child Development
Unit Code: AMID201
Unit Contact Hours: 70 hours

This subject will introduce students to the theory of the Montessori philosophy and psychology of human development as developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. It will provide opportunities for students to observe this approach. Students will be required to read extensively and widely, conduct their own research and reflect on their own attitudes and development in light of their findings.

The Child's Acquisition of Fundamental Learning Skills
Unit Code: AMID202
Unit Contact Hours: 70 hours

This subject is designed to introduce students to the exercises of daily life (practical life). In the young child these exercises promote the coordination of movement, the development of functional independence and concentration through the integration of mind and body working together.

The Development and Education of the Senses
Unit Code: AMID203
Unit Contact Hours: 70 hours

The senses are the means by which the young child intelligently explores the environment. The aim is to present by lecture and demonstration the sensorial development of the child and the means by which the specifically designed Montessori materials foster and refine this development. These materials include extensions in the areas of music, geometry, geography and botany.

Language and Literacy
Unit Code: AMID204
Unit Contact Hours: 70 hours

The aim of this subject is to explore the way in which a young child acquires language and to show by demonstration and lecture the Montessori activities for the development of spoken and symbolic 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 and syntax.

Unit Code: AMID205
Unit Contact Hours: 80 hours

The aim of this subject is to explore the way in which a young child develops their ‘mathematical mind’ and to show by demonstration and lecture the Montessori activities which provide sensorial foundations for geometry and algebra, counting and arithmetic.

Montessori Materials and their Role in Assisting Child Development
Unit Code: AMID206
Unit Contact Hours: 140 hours

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
Unit Contact Hours: 100 hours

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
Unit Contact Hours: 120 hours

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
Unit Contact Hours: 50 hours

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
Unit Contact Hours: 40 hours

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
Unit Contact Hours: 50 hours

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
Unit Contact Hours: 40 hours

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: AMID13

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: AMID14

Under supervision students will also engage in material making. All such materials are checked by the Trainer(s).