Montessori Teacher Training

Three-Summer Primary Training Course

Beginning 2015 - Now enrolling!

Classes begin June 29, 2015

The Post Oak School
4600 Bissonnet St., Bellaire, TX 77401 USA


The purpose of the Houston Montessori Institute is to train adults in accordance with principles of the Association Montessori Internationale, so they will be able to understand the fundamental nature of childhood, and thus enable children to grow and develop according to their natural dispositions.

HMI is a Montessori teacher training institute affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). HMI was founded by The Post Oak School in Bellaire, Texas. The Post Oak School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the state of Texas, and the oldest AMI Montessori school in the Southwestern United States.

Admissions Policy

The work of the Montessori adult requires emotional maturity, intellectual acuity, integrity, commitment, and no small degree of humility. HMI offers training to persons who show suitability for the study of child development and for working with children ages three to six. Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree. Those without the degree will be considered on the basis of maturity and experience. The process toward admission includes a written application, three letters of reference, and an interview. Applicants will be notified in writing of their admission status.

Course overview

The AMI Primary Training Course is offered over three summers under the auspices of AMI and subscribes to standards and requirements of AMI. Theory of child development is presented in key lectures. Demonstrations of Montessori materials and lessons provide the student with basic pedagogical tools. Daily practice sessions in the prepared environment (classroom) provide the experience which helps to fashion the future teacher’s understanding, skill set and confidence.

In the first year trainees will observe children in established classrooms. Several weeks of practice teaching is done during the second year.

Daily Schedule

> Lectures begin at 9:00 a.m.

> One-hour lunch break
   - Students may bring their lunches
   - Restaurants and fast food are in walking distance

> Twenty-minute breaks mid-morning and mid-afternoon
   - Two ten-minute breaks every hour
   - An area is available for coffee, tea and snacks

> Finish about 4:30 p.m.

> The prepared environment (classroom) is often open later for practice

Program Cost
Application fee $100
Tuition cost $9,975
Examination fee $500
AMI Membership* $210
Total Training Cost**

*($70 per year for 3 years)
**Total training cost is paid in two installments


Apply Now

To request an application for the training beginning in the summer of 2015, please complete this form and we will send you the necessary materials.

Masters Degree option (M.Ed.) through Loyola University (MD)

HMI students may choose to pursue an M.Ed. in conjunction with AMI primary training.
Loyola University Maryland offers the M.Ed. Degree in Montessori Education and the Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in affiliation with HMI. Students must apply to both Houston Montessori Institute and Loyola University Maryland. If admitted into Loyola's graduate program, enrolled students earn credit for courses they are taking at HMI and complete the degree requirements with course work taken in residence at Loyola.


AMI Primary Training Course

Class of 2015: Summer 2013-Summer 2015

Now in session!

Three-Summer Course Schedule
First summer: COMPLETED
First winter seminar: COMPLETED
Second summer: June 9-July 25, 2014 (7 weeks)
Second winter seminar: January 17-19, 2015
Third summer: June 1-26, 2015 (4 weeks) 

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Instructional Staff

Larry Quade, PhD
Director of Training

Mirani Smith
Auxiliary Trainer