Our next available Early Childhood (3-6 Diploma) will start August 17, 2021! We’re excited that not only will we continue to offer the course in a blended-online format, but we are also offering the option to choose to attend lectures during the day or the evening* Students will be required to attend three sessions in Phoenix:
November 8 – 13, 2021
Either March 14 – 18, 2022 OR March 21 – 25, 2022
June 6 – July 2, 2022 (includes review, written, and oral exams)
Click here to download a more detailed schedule.
*Daytime and evening courses contingent on enrollment numbers.
A Day in the Life of a SIMS Student
The course will be delivered in a blended distance learning format. This will include online live group sessions via Zoom*; hands-on practice with materials either at the SIMS training center or at a school in the students vicinity; online distance learning modules; observation of children in public settings and Montessori settings. Three times during the year, students are required to attend in person classes in Phoenix. See the above schedule for more information
We will meet online via Zoom* 3 evenings per week during the Blocks listed below:
DAYTIME – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Arizona time – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
EVENING – 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Arizona time – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.
Hands-on Practice with Materials:
An important aspect of Montessori teacher preparation is to become well acquainted with the specially designed Montessori materials that are used in classrooms. The opportunity for hands-on practice with the exercises is a critical part of the teacher preparation experience. For learners residing in the Phoenix area, the SIMS training center is available during hours convenient to trainee’s individual schedules. For those learners residing outside Phoenix, SIMS staff will work with them to establish arrangements with schools in their vicinity to have access to practice with Montessori materials.
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
How You’ll Learn
- 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, you’ll have:
- An AMI Montessori diploma, certifying you to educate children aged 2½ 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
For students enrolled in our evening Early Childhood (3-6 Diploma) 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.
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?
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