Your Key to a Career in Montessori
Trained Montessori teachers are in demand: AMI-affiliated Montessori schools typically have long waiting lists, and the critical lack of trained Montessori teachers is a significant factor limiting the growth and development of both new and established Montessori schools.
A career in Montessori education also offers many opportunities for ongoing professional development, expanding or shifting roles, and leadership. The Montessori community conducts regular refresher courses across the country for trained teachers as well as special courses for administrators. Experienced Montessori-trained teachers often take on leadership roles in Montessori schools, or open their own schools as entrepreneurs. Others choose to pursue more than one Montessori diploma (for example, Montessori for infants and toddlers, elementary-aged children, or adolescents) and teach various age groups during their careers, or become Montessori teacher trainers themselves.
Whatever path your career takes, AMI training is your key to opening doors, locally and worldwide.
The Phoenix Community
The Phoenix Metropolitan area is home to a robust and respected Montessori community, allowing student teachers the opportunity to observe and practice teach in real schools while forming enduring relationships with experienced Montessori practitioners.
While attending training, you’ll enjoy great weather, a low cost of living in Phoenix and down-to-earth culture in a thriving city.
Paddle the Salt River past wild mustangs and blue herons. Hike the trails of South Mountain Park and Preserve. Explore the Heard Museum or the Phoenix Art Museum. Wander in America’s largest butterfly conservatory. Dine or dance the night away in downtown Phoenix. Take in a music or theater performance at the Herberger Theater Center or the historic Orpheum Theater. There’s something for everyone in Phoenix. It’s a place to explore your passion, while sticking to your budget.
OUR AMI PARTNERSHIP
The Association Montessori Internationale training is the gold standard in Montessori teacher education, recognized for excellence in over 110 countries. AMI-trained Montessori teachers are in high demand worldwide: Montessori schools and other employers know that AMI training is the best available.
AMI was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori during her lifetime. Today, AMI continues to offer the highest quality, most authentic and comprehensive Montessori training through affiliated training centers on five continents. SIMS is the AMI-affiliated training center in Mesa, and is proud to offer courses of study certifying teachers of 2½ through 6-year-olds, and 6 through 12-year-olds that meet AMI’s rigorous standards of quality and authenticity.
Graduates of AMI training courses, such as our training course at SIMS, must demonstrate understanding of educational theory, child development, observation techniques, and use and presentation of the Montessori materials. No other Montessori training comes close to providing such a systematic, rigorous course of study. It pays off: you will find yourself achieving a depth of knowledge, both practical and theoretical, that is sought after and valued by Montessori schools worldwide.
OUR INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
Spanish and Chinese Language Options
Though our teacher training courses are delivered in English, SIMS trainers Ann Velasco and Gaby Lopez are fluent in Spanish. Students enrolled in our Primary evening classes or our Elementary classes can complete their coursework (including albums), communicate with the trainer, and request to complete oral and written exams in Spanish. This is especially valuable if you work in a bilingual or immersion classroom setting, or if your first language is Spanish. If there is a significant cohort of Spanish speakers in a course, a translator may be provided.
Additionally SIMS regularly hosts a Chinese cohort of students, offering translation into Chinese, Chinese albums and exams, individualized planning for observation and practice teaching, and an exciting American experience. This option is available in 2018 for our Primary daytime students. Chinese speaking students from all over the world are welcome to enroll into this cohort.