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AMI Primary Training

The AMI Primary Training Course follows the Montessori Method 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.

Interested in AMI Primary training? Please complete this form.

Job Opportunities

A fully trained and certified teacher will possess the skills necessary for employment as a teacher (or guide) of an AMI Primary class for children ages 3 to 6 anywhere in the world and, de facto, in any Montessori school.  Montessori schools are located in all metropolitan areas as well as small towns.

At the Houston Montessori Institute (HMI), we are committed to keeping current trainees informed of job opportunities. Trainees will have access to a file of updated employment opportunities kept on site at the training facility. Current job opportunities are published on the websites of AMI/USA and the North American Montessori Teachers' Association (NAMTA). HMI helps to facilitate placement whenever possible, but HMI is not responsible for student employment.

Course Calendar

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Daily Schedule 

    9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.    Lectures and Presentations of Lessons        
    12:00–1:00 p.m.    Lunch Break
    1:00–2:30 p.m.    Lectures and Presentations of Lessons
    2:30–4:30 p.m.    Supervised Practice with Montessori Materials

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AMI Primary Training Course

The AMI Primary Training Course prepares the student to be a Montessori teacher for children between the ages of three to six. Montessori schools are widespread throughout many parts of the United States, with concentrations in urban areas. The AMI diploma prepares one to teach anywhere in the world, subject to language and local regulations.

The AMI Primary Training Course subscribes to the principles, policies, standards and requirements of AMI. Lectures present theory of child development and Montessori pedagogy. Demonstrations of Montessori materials lessons provide the student with basic pedagogical “tools of trade.” The pedagogical model is one of apprenticeship and mentorship. Montessori materials are presented as though a child of three to six years were present to receive the lesson. Daily practice sessions in the prepared environment (classroom) provide the experience which helps to fashion the future teacher’s understanding, skill set and confidence.

During the academic year following the first summer of training, trainees will observe children in established classrooms administered by a teacher who holds the AMI Primary diploma. Ninety hours of directed observation and 80 hours of practice teaching are required, and must be documented by the trainee. Following the second summer of training, trainees will go back into the classroom and satisfy their practice teaching requirements under the supervision of a teacher who holds an AMI Primary diploma. Examinations are held in the third summer.

AMI Diploma Requirements

AMI requires the following accomplishments in order to confer the Primary Diploma:

  • 90% attendance in lectures and all other course activities
  • Submission of acceptable and original Albums in all prescribed areas
  • Submission of acceptable Material Making Assignments
  • Directed observations in AMI Classrooms (90 hours)
  • Practice teaching in AMI classrooms (80 hours)
  • Marks of 50% or higher on examinations
  • Paper A – 3-hour Written Examination on theory topics
  • Paper B – 3-hour Written Examination on practical topics
  • Oral Examination – 4-part, 2-hour examination conducted by an External Examiner appointed by AMI, assisted by National Examiners who are invited by the Director of Training


The following books are required reading for the AMI Primary Course. They are listed in suggested order of reading, roughly speaking.  These are professional titles not normally found on commercial bookshelves. Books may be purchased from Nienhuis Montessori, North American Montessori Teachers Association or from your vendor of choice.  

Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work
, by E.M. Standing

Books by Maria Montessori
The Secret of Childhood
The Absorbent Mind
Creative Development in The Child
, in 2 volumes
The 1946 London Lectures
Spontaneous Activity in Education
(Vol. 1 of The Advanced Montessori Material)
The Discovery of The Child
Dr. Montessori’s Own Handbook
Education for a New World
Education and Peace
The Formation of Man
AMI.: The Four Planes of Education,
Mario Montessori, 1939
AMI.: The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education,
Mario Montessori, 1956



Student Complaint Policy

Dear Students: This school has a Certificate of Approval from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC).
The TWC-assigned school number is: S 4126. The school’s programs are approved by TWC.

Students must address their concerns about this school or any of its educational programs by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog. Schools are responsible for ensuring and documenting that all students have received a copy of the school’s grievance procedures and for describing these procedures in the school’s published catalog. If, as a student, you were not provided with this information, please inform school management.

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