SIMS will be offering our first ever Elementary Summer course starting summer 2020! Teachers, if you have wanted to do Elementary training in the past but couldn’t take the time off work, here is your chance to take the training during the summer. This year, in an effort to make this course more accessible during an age of social distancing, we have adapted our delivery of the course. The first summer will be offered in a blended format, so that students can attend from the safety of their own homes. We are hopeful that the second and third summers will proceed in the traditional ‘in-person’ format. The foundation course begins June 8, 2020, and the Elementary training begins July 7th. A detailed schedule for our Elementary Summer course can be found here.
A Day in the Life of a Summer Student
The first summer of our 3-summer summer Elementary Training course will be offered in an online format. The trainer will live stream sessions with students via Zoom. During this time students will participate in theory lectures and discussions, and will view material presentations. These will be supplemented with additional self-guided online activities and presentations each week. Time for hands-on practice with the materials is built into the weekly schedule. Students living in Arizona can sign up to practice in the SIMS model classroom (maximum numbers will be set according to government recommended restrictions). SIMS will support students living outside of Arizona to make arrangements with local schools and environments to practice in their own communities. Between summers, during the academic year, students complete their observation or practice teaching hours.
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 is a 150-hour course which 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 2020-2022 Summer Elementary training runs June 8th-July 2nd. We have also adjusted the delivery format of this year’s Foundation course in compliance with social distancing requirements. Students will meet online via Zoom in the mornings, and will have additional self-guided work to do online in the afternoons.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my AMI diploma be accepted in other countries?
Is a bachelor’s degree required to enroll in the training?
Can you guarantee a job placement upon completion of the course?
Are there scholarships available?
Is there such a thing as a Master’s degree in Montessori?
What is the average income of an AMI-trained Montessori teacher?
What is the typical career path of a Montessori teacher?