AMI Montessori

Primary Teacher Training Course

Phoenix, Arizona | For Ages 2 ½ through 6

Academic Year Course — Evenings


Three-Summer Course — Daytimes

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  • Learn to use Montessori materials and give Montessori lessons for 2 ½- through 6-year-olds.

  • Develop a deep understanding of Montessori theory and child development.

  • Gain the confidence and expertise to direct your own primary Montessori classroom.

Meet Your Trainer

Ann Velasco

“Montessori is about the way we approach not only children, but humanity.”

Ann Velasco is a passionate AMI trainer who has devoted her life to Montessori pedagogy and practice. She has pursued Montessori to the highest levels with the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), and yet she stays focused on the hands-on, daily practice of working with children. Ann’s own mother was a Montessori teacher, and she first discovered the lifetime benefits of the Montessori approach through her own experience as a young child. But it wasn’t until it came time for her to choose an education for her own child that she fully realized how lucky she had been. Inspired by a desire to bring Montessori to more children, she walked away from a successful career in the business world to become a Montessori teacher herself.

Ann has completed both primary and elementary training, and has guided classrooms at both levels. From there, she pursued the rigorous, multi-year process required to become an AMI teacher trainer herself. Ann’s years of experience teaching at both the early childhood and the elementary levels provide her with a unique ability to see the connections between profound Montessori ideas and real-world classroom practice. She knows the child’s full journey. This powerful understanding underlies Ann’s work as a trainer today.

Ann is approachable and highly knowledgeable, and as you complete your training, your relationship with Ann becomes a relationship for life.

So How Does It Work?

Your training will prepare you to lead a Montessori Primary classroom, called a “Children’s House.” The course includes 850 hours of rigorous teacher preparation. Upon completion of the course, you'll have a diploma from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) which is the only internationally recognized Montessori diploma, and the gold standard in Montessori teacher education.

  • What You'll Learn

    Areas of study include:

    • Child development and psychology
    • The philosophy of the Montessori approach
    • The Exercises of Practical Life and the child’s acquisition of skills which lead to functional independence
    • Sensorial development
    • The development of spoken and written language
    • Strategies for classroom management
    • Geography, history, art, biology & music
    • Mathematics
  • How You'll Learn

    Coursework includes:

    • Lectures on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
    • Demonstrations of the use of scientifically-designed and practical life Montessori materials
    • Extensive hands-on practice with the materials
    • 3 weeks of classroom observation in Montessori schools
    • 4 weeks of student teaching under the supervision of an AMI-certified teacher
    • Material making and classroom curriculum development
    • Based on coursework, you will write teaching reference books, referred to as “albums,” * which will serve you throughout your career. Compiling your albums deepens and solidifies your knowledge, preparing you for future work with children. Albums are a source of great pride for every Montessori Guide!
  • What You'll Get

    Upon completion of the course, you'll have:

    • An AMI Montessori diploma, certifying you to educate children aged 2 ½ to 6 using the Montessori pedagogy
    • An internationally-recognized and highly in-demand credential
    • The confidence and expertise you need to successfully direct your own classroom
    Note: Spanish Option Available!

    Our SIMS trainer is fluent in Spanish. Typically the course is delivered in English, but students can ask questions, complete course work (including albums), and complete written examinations in Spanish.

* A basic level of computer literacy is helpful in composing albums.
Translation may be arranged if a large cohort of Spanish-speakers are registered for the course.

To aid life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself, that is the basic task of the educator.

Tuition & Payment Options

The total tuition for Primary Teacher Training Courses starting in 2017 is $10,500. To secure your spot, a $1000 non-refundable deposit is due upon acceptance and is applied toward your tuition.

For your convenience in making the remainder of your tuition payment(s), you'll be able to choose one of the following payment plans*:

  • Option 1

    A single installment of $9,500, due by:

    • September 1st, 2017
  • Option 2

    Three installments of $3,370, due by:

    • September 1st, 2017
    • December 1st, 2017
    • March 1st, 2018
  • Option 3

    Eight monthly installments of $1,350, due monthly September 1st, 2017 through April 1st, 2018

* Payment options shown are for the 2017-18 Academic Year course.
Please note: A finance fee will be charged for Options 2 and 3, and is included in payment amounts listed above.

  • Option 1

    A single installment of $9,500, due by:

    • May 1st, 2017
  • Option 2

    Two installments of $5,400, due by:

    • May 1st, 2017
    • May 1st, 2018
  • Option 3

    Twelve payments of $855, due May 1st, 2017, then on the 15th of each month, June 2017 through April 2018

* Payment options shown are for the 2017-2019 three-summers course.
Please note: A finance fee will be charged for Options 2 and 3, and is included in payment amounts listed above.

Click here to see all the details about the cost of training with SIMS, important fee-related deadlines, and scholarships that are available.

About the SIMS Training Center

SIMS is conveniently located in the heart of Phoenix, Arizona. Our training facilities include a typical primary classroom (what we call a “prepared environment”), set up especially for our adult students, and a complete array of Montessori materials available for your practice and study. Student teachers have the opportunity to observe and practice teach in real schools from among Phoenix’s robust Montessori community, and to form enduring relationships with experienced Montessori practitioners.

Live in Phoenix

While attending training, you’ll enjoy the delightful Arizona climate, with over 300 days per year of warm sunshine! You’ll appreciate the low cost of living in Phoenix and the down-to-earth culture, along with a myriad of opportunities to explore the outdoors in Phoenix’s beautiful natural areas and the rich cultural experiences of a thriving city.

  • When and Where

    • Academic Year Course
      Monday — Friday, 4 – 8:30 pm

    • Sept. 13th 2017 — June 2nd 2018

    — or —

    • 3-Summer Course, 2017-2019
      Weekdays, 9 am – 4 pm

    • June 7th — July 21st, 2017

    • January 13th — 15th, 2018

    • June 11th — July 25th, 2018

    • January 19th — 21st, 2019

    • June 10th — July 12th, 2019

    — at —

    Augustus Shaw Public Montessori School, Downtown Phoenix

  • Have Questions?

    Talk to us here at Admissions:

    1-877-897-7467 (SIMS)

    (or email us if you prefer!)

  • Attend
    an Event

    • Lunch and Learn

    • Wednesday, April 12th

    • 10am – 2pm

    — at —

    University of Arizona in Tucson

    • Open Houses

    • Saturday, May 6th, 10am – noon

    • Saturday, June 10th, 10am – noon

    — at —

    Augustus H. Shaw Jr. Public Montessori School
    123 N 13th St, Phoenix

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