Training FAQ

How can I get more information about AMI Montessori teacher training in the United States?

Please submit the online inquiry form to the AMI/USA office with information about the specific training centers that you are interested in. The AMI/USA office will forward your request to the training centers and send you general information about AMI Montessori teacher training.

Why AMI training?

Courses that are certified by the Association Montessori Internationale must meet rigorous standards, both in course content and in the qualification of the teacher training staff. What makes AMI unique is that the focus is on understanding the child, resulting in a deeper knowledge of oneself, as well as the intensive study of the Montessori materials. An internationally certified AMI trainer conducts every AMI course. These dedicated master teachers have had years of experience in their own Montessori classroom before participating in a rigorous Training of Trainers Program. Training centers accredited by AMI remain under its supervision and each course is examined by an external examiner appointed by AMI. An AMI diploma is recognized worldwide.

What are the requirements?

AMI training centers in the U.S. usually require a bachelor’s degree, though some exceptions are made based upon the applicant’s experience and intentions. An AMI primary diploma or an AMI Foundation Course is a prerequisite for training at the elementary level.

Where does training occur?

There are several AMI training centers in the U.S. and many others located around the world. Training received at any location will grant you the internationally recognized AMI diploma.

Are there options available for graduate or undergraduate credit?

Yes! Options for undergraduate and graduate credit are available through colleges and universities affiliated with individual AMI training centers.

What is the cost?

The cost varies based on expenses related to the specific training centers. To get a realistic assessment of what you can expect to spend, please contact the training center of your choice directly.

How do I apply for financial aid?

The Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson Fund, Inc. (MES Fund, Inc.) provides financial aid for a limited number of teacher training students each year. In addition, a school sponsorship list of Montessori schools interested in supporting individuals for teacher training programs is compiled by AMI/USA annually.

Is distance learning available?

The preparation of the adult about to undertake work with young children demands a high degree of self-discipline, commitment, and a professional attitude. This preparation is best achieved through:

  • Immersion in the Montessori theory under the supervision of experienced lecturers
  • Individual training and constant practice with the special materials used in a Montessori class
  • Regular meetings with a community of like-minded trainees to aid in the transformation to an AMI Montessori teacher.

These fundamental aspects cannot be covered in sufficient depth by distance learning. For more information on this question, visit the AMI website.

What is an average teacher’s salary?

AMI schools recognize the dedication and commitment that goes into obtaining an AMI diploma and value AMI trained teachers. As a result, newly trained teachers can expect to earn a competitive salary. This range is broad and varies from region to region. Benefit packages vary from school to school, but are typically generous and often include full or partial tuition for teachers’ children. Click here to see the latest salary survey highlights.