Our next available Elementary Course will start August 9, 2021! We’re excited to offer this course in a blended-online format for the first time in an Academic Year format in Phoenix. Courses will Students will be required to attend four sessions in Phoenix:
August 9 – 14, 2021
October 4 – 22, 2021
January 4 – 21, 2022
April 18 – May 15, 2022 (includes review, written, and oral exams)
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A Day in the Life of a SIMS Elementary Student
The AMI 6-12 diploma course is an intensive full-time program. Students are expected to engage in self-guided distance learning activities and complete coursework in a timely manner, including: viewing pre-recorded videos, illustrating reference albums, making classroom materials, writing presentation summary cards, reports, reflections and other assignments.
In addition to our online learning modules, Elementary students are expected to attend on campus for four sessions through the year. On-site modules that allow for community building within a prepared environment, observation exercises and reflections, key presentations, and hands-on practice with Montessori materials
So How Does It Work?
Your training will prepare you to lead a Montessori Elementary classroom. The course includes 1300 hours of rigorous teacher preparation. Upon completion all requirements for 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:
- Montessori philosophy
- Principles of child development, with a focus on the child aged 6-12
- An interdisciplinary approach to the study of:
- geography (geology, chemistry, physics)
- biology (botany, zoology, ecology)
- mathematics (arithmetic, geometry, algebra)
- Observation techniques
- Social development of the elementary aged child
- Incorporation of practical life activities in the elementary experience
- Ways to support the growing independence of the child aged 6 – 12
How You’ll Learn
- Lectures on Montessori philosophy and pedagogy
- Demonstrations of the use of scientifically-designed 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, you’ll have:
- An AMI Montessori diploma, certifying you to educate children aged 6 to 12 using the Montessori pedagogy
- An internationally-recognized and highly in-demand credential
- The confidence and expertise you need to successfully direct your own classroom
For students enrolled in our elementary course, 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.
Elementary students who do not have an AMI Primary (3-6) diploma are required to complete the Primary Foundation component of the course. This Primary Foundation course will provide the participant with an overview of the development of the 0 – 6 year-old child. Students will be presented with an overview of Montessori pedagogy and practice as it relates to the young child. A selection of materials which lay an important foundation for further work in the elementary will be presented. Additionally, students will complete 9 hours of observation in Primary classroom settings.
The Foundation Course for our 2021-2022 Elementary training runs August 16 to September 3 and continues during the 6-12 training (visual aids, material presentations and key references are integrated throughout the elementary course). Students will meet online via Zoom in the afternoons, and will have additional self-guided work to do online in the afternoons.
Frequently Asked Questions
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