The M.Ed. in Elementary Montessori education (ages 6-12) consists of 36 graduate credits. The majority of the coursework is the AMI training, which occurs over a 9-month academic year. This course of study is awarded 27 credit hours. The remaining 9 credits are traditional graduate courses and are taken once the AMI training is complete. These education core courses are designed to broaden the students’ knowledge of research and trends in the field of education.
The Montessori elementary training course offered by the Washington Montessori Institute is accredited by the Association Montessori Internationale. This course of study introduces you to the elementary child, and her unique characteristics. We explore manipulative materials, lessons, and techniques that respond to these characteristics and equip you to teach children of this age in a Montessori school. You will learn how to be a storyteller and ignite interest and excitement in the children.
Students attend their classes as a cohort, full-time five days a week. The training program during these two semesters is presented as an integrated program of child development, methodology, practice, observation, and practice teaching. Students write illustrated reference manuals that contain lessons to offer elementary children. Working closely with their trainers, they also prepare certain materials required in a Montessori elementary classroom.
A unique aspect of the AMI course of study is regular practice with Montessori manipulative materials in a class setting Students learn how to set up an appropriate environment and present age-appropriate materials and activities in areas suitable to their developmental stage.
Because the Elementary program builds so much upon the foundations addressed in the primary program, students who do not hold an AMI Primary diploma must complete a three-credit prerequisite course. This class takes place in the five weeks before the elementary program begins.
Educational Core Courses
After completing the AMI Montessori course of training, students take three additional three-credit courses which comprise the educational core: Foundations of Research in Education, Teaching Students with Special Needs and Advanced Studies in Education.
The three core courses are offered in a special, intensive four-week summer session, which must be completed within five years of beginning the program.
View the 2016-2017 elementary course calendar.