The Montessori Training & Research Trust AMI

AMI Montessori Elementary Diploma Course (6-12 Years)

The AMI Elementary Montessori Diploma Course is a full time programme designed to help students understand the theory and practice of Dr. Montessori's Philosophy of Education. The course will be delivered in two periods of twelve weeks:


March 19, 2018 to June 8, 2018


March 18, 2019 to June 7, 2019


Foundation Course

Students who do not hold an AMI Primary (3-6 years) Diploma must also complete a Foundation Course, which will provide information about the experiences of children, Montessori philosophy and developmental theory for children 3-6 years, and which will also provide an overview of the Montessori materials that are presented to children at this level.


Two Foundation Courses will be offered. Students are required to select one of these two courses:


November 6, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Trainer: Teenaz Reporter


March 5, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Trainer: Uma Ramini

Upon completion of all course requirements, students will be awarded the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Montessori Diploma that qualifies them to work with children between the ages of 6 to 12 years.


Director of Training: Greg MacDonald

Greg MacDonald is an AMI Director of Elementary Training with over twenty years of training experience. He has trained Montessori elementary teachers in the USA, Canada, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Germany and Mexico. He co-directed the first AMI elementary course to be offered in Japan and in 2013-2014 he directed the first AMI elementary training course to be offered in Mexico.


Greg holds AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas, and an elementary teaching diploma from the State College of Victoria in Burwood (Australia). He earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia) and a Master's degree in education from Loyola University in Maryland (USA).


He has directed Montessori 3-6, 6-9, 9-12 and 6-12 classrooms. He has also worked as an elementary teacher in public schools, and he has served as Principal of both traditional and Montessori schools.


Besides conducting his regular course programs in the United States, Greg is an AMI-USA school consultant and he is a regular speaker at Montessori workshops, parent evenings and conferences nationally and internationally.



The course will be held at:
Pebble Creek Life School, 4-43/1,
Opp: Moghulla Ramakrishna Function Hall,
Thumukunta, Shamirpet Mandal,
Hyderabad, Telangana-500078


Course Schedule and Timing

The course is full-time and will run from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday. Students will be asked to be extremely punctual.


Daily Schedule

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 08:30 - 10:00 Lecture

#1 10:00 - 10:30 Break

10:30 - 12:00 Lecture #2

12:00 - 01:00 Lunch

01:00 - 02:30 Lecture #3

2:30 - 4:30 Supervised Practice



8:30 - 10:30 Supervised Practice

10:30 -12:00 Lecture #1

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 Lecture #2

2:30 - 3:00 Break

3:00 - 4:30 Lecture #3


NOTE: The Director of Training reserves the right to modify the daily schedule as circumstances may require – Students will receive written notice should this become necessary.


Course Components

The AMI Diploma Course for children aged 6-12 years, which is offered by The Montessori Training and Research Trust (MTRT), includes:


Montessori Philosophy and Psychology lectures

A carefully sequenced course of lectures will introduce you to the essentials of Dr. Montessori's groundbreaking educational theory, particularly as it applies to elementary (6-12 years) education. Lecture topics include examination of Dr. Maria Montessori's philosophy and a careful study of her child development theory.


Elementary (6-12) Montessori Curriculum

Study of advanced Montessori curriculum in core areas of the Montessori elementary classroom, as provided by this course, includes:

• Biology and the Life Sciences

• Geography and the Physical Sciences

• Geometry

• History

• Language

• Mathematics

• Music and the Arts (The Montessori music program, as designed by Maria Montessori and her collaborators, will be presented. This is complemented by the weekly introduction of songs suitable for elementary children.)

• Montessori Philosophy and Child Development Theory.

Your Trainer, Greg MacDonald, is dedicated to providing you with a comprehensive preparation for your work with children. During this MTRT course he will share with you lectures that address theoretical and practical techniques and strategies based firmly on fundamental Montessori principles. Your training will include:

  • A rich introduction to Montessori theory (philosophy and child development psychology), which may be considered as the "why" we do what we do in a Montessori elementary classroom.
  • A comprehensive examination of the Montessori elementary (6-12) materials, and how they are best introduced to children. This lecture sequence may be considered the "what" we do in the elementary classroom.
  • Best practices that will guide you as you embark on your new career as a Montessori Elementary Guide. This intensive practical preparation for success in the classroom, is unique to Greg MacDonald's training approach.
  • Here you will find valuable resources that provide guidance on "how" to best implement Montessori with children. Lectures (a continually growing series of lecture presentations and discussions) will include:
    • Communication Techniques for Adults and Children
    • Working with Challenging Children
    • Conducting a Parent Conference
    • How to Plan and Deliver a Parent Information Presentation
    • Practical Life/Grace and Courtesy in the Elementary
    • Administrative Issues o Techniques and Strategies for Working with Older Children:  Advanced Research Skills and Strategies

  • Exploring the Disciplines
  • Advanced Public Speaking and Presentation Skills
  • Study Directions for the Upper Elementary Child
    • The First Day and the First Week of School. (What to do. When and How to do it.)
    • Planning and Records
    • Observation and Work Curves in the Elementary
    • Going Out – Field Trips/Excursions the Montessori way for Elementary Children.
    • Transitioning from the Casa dei Bambini (3-6 years) to Elementary (6-12) and from the Elementary to an Adolescent program (Montessori and/or traditional secondary education).
    • Literacy: How to Teach Reading, Writing and Spelling the Montessori Way
    • Numeracy: How to Teach Basic Arithmetic to Elementary Children who Have not Acquired These Skills in the Casa dei Bambini
    • Written Expression: Genres, Techniques and Skills
    • Drama o Physical Education in the Montessori Elementary Class
    • Guiding a Nature Walk (based upon Mario Montessori's work at Kodaikanal) o Introducing Tessellation, Fractals and Chemistry in the Montessori Elementary.


The Montessori Elementary Materials MTRT

Eelementary training introduces the many carefully-designed manipulative materials developed by Dr. Montessori for the elementary classroom in these different subject areas. Demonstration of these materials and how they should be presented to children will be followed by time for discussion, and then time for you to personally explore these materials, and to practice delivery of the lessons that are associated with them.


Supervised Practice

Each week, you will engage in supervised practice sessions with Montessori elementary materials, under the guidance of qualified supervisors.



This training course will provide you with the opportunity to hone your observational skills. The skill of carefully and systematically observing elementary children in order to better understand and guide each child as an individual is critical to your success as a Montessori elementary Guide. This work will include guided Observations in AMI Montessori elementary classrooms, which will be scheduled at times that fall outside course delivery time periods. Further information about this component of the course will be provided once lectures are under way. This information will include a briefing on the system that will be implemented in order for you to make personalized arrangements for observation in schools.


Practice Teaching

During the months outside training course delivery, you will work with children during Practice Teaching sessions in Montessori elementary classroom environment, under the supervision of the Montessori elementary Guides. During your practice teaching, you will also familiarize yourself with the planning and record keeping procedures that are essential for your success as a Montessori Elementary Guide. Further information about this component of the course will be provided once lectures are under way. This information will include a briefing on the system that will be implemented in order for you to make personalized arrangements for practice teaching in schools.


Classroom Delivery of Elementary Montessori

Your training will provide you with advice, resources and techniques designed to enhance your ability to successfully implement Montessori in your future classroom: This lecture sequence focuses on how to apply Montessori principles to what is termed classroom management in other educational approaches, in an elementary classroom.


Preparation of a Montessori Elementary Prepared Environment Lectures

will provide practical guidance for establishing, equipping, guiding, and operating a Montessori elementary classroom. You will also be asked to take responsibility for the environment every day just as you will when you are responsible for a classroom of your own, where it is essential that you model and guide care of the environment for the children. This is aspect of the training develops your eye for the care and maintenance of the Montessori material and prepared environment, and it will help you to develop a familiarity with the organization of a Montessori elementary environment.


Teacher Manuals (Montessori Albums)

This important course component will guide you in the creation of your own, personalized Teacher Manuals ("Albums"), which will contain the lessons appropriate in all of the above subject areas for children aged 6-12 years. Assignments will be due at regular intervals during the course. The preparation of these assignments will require substantial commitments of time and work after class each day. This work will culminate in the preparation of albums in the subject areas of Biology, Geography, Geometry, History, Language, Mathematics, Music & The Arts, and Montessori Theory.


Montessori Material Preparation

During the training you will receive an introduction to techniques and requirements for creation of high quality, teacher-made Montessori materials. As part of the course, you will then prepare Montessori materials for use in your own classroom.


Email and Internet Access

Daily, consistent access to Email and Internet is required in order to take the course, as information will be sent regularly via email.


Course Language

All lectures will be delivered in English. Course work must be submitted in English both orally and in writing. It will be necessary for students to take comprehensive lecture notes, to write original essays and to prepare assignments based on course information. Students will also be required to explain theoretical and practical principles in English during final AMI written and oral examinations.



AMI policy requires that students achieve a minimum of 90% attendance for each component of the course. Time taken off from the course due to illness or to other matters must therefore not exceed 10% in each course component. Attendance records will be meticulously maintained throughout the year. In case of known absence, students should notify the designated Course Assistant in writing, at least one day in advance. In case of illness the student should inform the designated Course Assistant by phone or email immediately.


Association Montessori Internationale Examinations

Student eligibility for appearing for the Examination requires:

• A minimum of 90% attendance for each aspect of the course.

• Punctual completion and submission of all assignments called for in the course of the year.

• Full payment of all fees.

• Completion of required hours of Supervised Practice.

• Completion of and acceptance as satisfactory, of all Course Albums.


AMI Written Examinations

Written examinations on Montessori theory and pedagogy will be administered once towards the end of the course. Examination questions are provided by AMI. Dates for AMI written examinations will be confirmed when AMI has announced dates for Oral Examinations.


Students are eligible to take AMI written examinations only if they have fulfilled the above requirement for eligibility components.


The basis for the content of these examinations is to be found in the course record albums. However, students are expected to have read Maria Montessori's books to supplement their knowledge.


Each student writes one (1) three-hour essay examination in Montessori theory (Paper A) and two (2) 2½ hour essay examinations in Montessori pedagogy (curriculum/practice-related topics – Papers B1 & B2).


Students' examination papers are randomly numbered rather than signed by the students in order to ensure an impartial evaluation.


Note: Results of written examinations are not provided to students prior to graduation.


AMI Oral Examinations

AMI oral examinations are conducted at the end of the course. Students will be informed of the precise dates for oral examinations once the dates have been announced by AMI.


Students are eligible to take AMI oral examinations only if they have fulfilled the above eligibility requirements.


A panel of examiners is chaired by an external examiner appointed by the AMI. The other members of the panel are chosen by the Director of Training. This panel of examiners administers an oral examination of approximately four hours duration, although there is no strict time limitation. Each student delivers a presentation chosen randomly from topics in each of six subject areas (biology, geography, geometry, history, language, mathematics). This presentation is followed by oral questioning.


Students are required to present their course record albums to the examiners and to leave them with the examiners until the end of the examination period. Students are required to be in residence and on call for the examiners during the entire period of the oral examinations.


The Association Montessori Internationale awards the diploma after a successful written and oral examination and completion of all requirements for certification. The decision of the Board of Examiners will be final and binding. No appeals will be entertained.


Inability to Appear for AMI Examinations

Registered students who for valid reasons fail to appear for the examinations on the scheduled dates and at the appointed time may be given the opportunity to appear at the examinations held the following year, or at examinations held at another Center in the following year. Each student must apply for these alternative examinations in writing, with a full and acceptable explanation. In the case of medical grounds, a registered practitioner must attest the medical certificate. Students taking examinations in such cases will be charged the Examination Fee for the re-examination. Full details of policies and procedures that prevail in such circumstances will be provided to students to whom these matters pertain.


Re-Examination Students appearing for re-examination in any of the above AMI examinations can do so ONLY the following year. They may be required to attend additional classes for which they will be charged a fee. They will also be charged the Examination Fee for the re-examination. Students who fail the re-examination and who still wish to attain an AMI diploma must retake another course of training in full for which they will be charged the full Course fees including Examination Fee. Full details of policies and procedures that prevail in such circumstances will be provided to students to whom these matters pertain.



The Association Montessori Internationale awards the AMI diploma. This diploma qualifies the holder to work with children between 6 and 12 years of age in a Montessori prepared environment. The AMI Elementary diploma is a highly valued qualification, nationally and internationally. It is also a great asset to those who wish to open their own schools.



Candidates fulfilling the following requirements will be considered eligible for admission into the course. The candidate should have:


• Attained a minimum age of 20 years.

• A Bachelor's degree.

• A sound knowledge of English.

• Basic computer skills, including manipulation of images, and email access.


We welcome candidates from all walks of life and from all professions.


MTRT also considers applicants who do not have a Bachelor's degree, based upon their life experience. Please contact us for guidance on your application should you not hold a Bachelor's degree.


Admission Procedure

Admissions are on a first come, first served basis.

Applications must be submitted with all enclosures. The Admissions Review Committee will process all complete applications. The decision of the Committee will be final and binding



  • To be considered for admission you must submit the following:
  • Application Form duly filled in and signed by the applicant with one photo affixed.
  • Two additional photos identical to the one affixed on the application form.
  • Attested OR Certified Copies of all educational documents.
  • Application Fee.
  • Handwritten essay (at least 500 words) that addresses:
    • o A short autobiography that illustrates the life path that led you to AMI elementary training.
    • o The reasons that you wish to take this training. o Your interests and skills – What specific qualifications and qualities do you bring to this work?
    • o You experience with children, and in particular, your experience with children of this age group (6-12 years). (If you do not have any such experience, please explain the reason/s for this.)
    • o How you intend to use your AMI Montessori elementary training. How would this qualification further your professional and personal goals?


For Non Local Candidates:

  • Print the application form
  • Fill it
  • Sign
  • Affix one photo
  • Scan the form that is duly filled in and signed by the applicant with one photo affixed
  • Email the scanned application form and all the other required documents mentioned above to compete the application submission.
  • Original application form and all the other documents should be submitted in person at the time of the foundation course.




Indian Nationals INR

Foreign Nationals USD


Application fee

Rs. 2360
(inclusive of GST)


$ 65.00

With Application

Bank Details



Account Name : 
The Montessori Training and Research Trust

Andhra  Bank
Gagan Mahal Branch



Account Name : 
The Montessori Training and Research Trust

The Syndicate Bank
Somajiguda branch

Bank Address
Andhra Bank
Hyderabad- 500029
Bank Address
Syndicate Bank
6-3-666, Lumbini Towers
Opposite NIMS,
Hyderabad- 50008
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Account No.:013910011020411
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Account No. :30082010030180



The last date for submission of applications for the November Foundation Module is Saturday October 14 , 2017.


Candidates who do not hold a Primary Diploma and whose applications reach after October 14, 2017, will need to join the March Foundation Module.


The last date for submission of all applications is Saturday January 13, 2018


NOTE - Late Fee

- The applications will be accepted till 1st of February with a late fee of Rs 5,000
- After 1st of February applications will be accepted with a late fee of Rs. 10,000


Application Form


Download - Application form Mode of Payment Mode of Payment


Local candidates please call us at 08790882564 in order to make an appointment to submit your application form in person. If the application form is complete, the applicant may be interviewed on the same day.




Based on the application, there will be an interview with a member of our faculty. For applicants who are not able to attend an interview in Hyderabad we can arrange a time when the applicant can call us for a telephone interview. Students may also be required to take an English test.


Admission Confirmation


Selected candidates will receive a letter of acceptance with a last date for the payment of fees. Once the fees are paid the candidate will receive a letter of confirmation along with the schedule for the first day.


Refund Policy


The fee is non-refundable. Once paid it cannot be refunded for any reason either prior to the commencement of or during the course on withdrawal of a student. Students will be required to submit a Refund Policy Acceptance letter at the time of payment of fee.


Books and Stationery Budget

It is advisable for students to acquire the Montessori books in the Required Reading list. Students must also acquire stationery for the course, for course submissions and for the creation of Albums. Students using computers must budget additionally for printing cost, particularly colour printing. The cost will vary depending on the choices made. We would like to emphasize that this budget represents a rough estimate of possible expenses involved and that it is only an approximate guide. The training course neither recommends nor endorses particular stationery products. Students are advised to budget at a minimum the amounts documented below for books and materials for the duration of the course as follows. Cost for charts and timelines will be announced when finalized


– MTRT is currently seeking the most cost-effective method for production of these essential materials.




Likely to be spent

Montessori Books

Rs. 5000

Before the course commences


Rs. 9000

For the duration of the course


Rs. 6000

For the duration of the course

Montessori Elementary Charts & Timelines

To be announced

During the course – Second block


Rs. 9000

For the duration of the course


NOTE - Late Fee

- The fees can be paid upto the 1st of February with a late fee of Rs 5,000.
- Any payment after this time would require a late fee of Rs 10,000


Stationery Requirements


Extensive notes will need to be taken during each lecture. We recommend you use a laptop computer for these, as all your assignments must be typed. All assignments must be typed and will be submitted on the USB drive. You should also have folders in which to keep your work as you develop a system for organizing all your lectures. The following is a list of suggested items for use on the course:


  • High Quality set of colored pencils (24+ pack)
  • High quality printer paper
  • Color printer/scanner (this could be shared between a small number of roommates/students)
  • Laptop
  • External hard drive (recommended for regular back-up of files)
  • Ruler • Folders (for organizing assignments/work)
  • Notebooks for notes and sketching during lecture
  • Graph paper
  • Digital camera (A cell phone camera may suffice, depending upon the quality of images obtained.)
  • Extra ink cartridges
  • Pens and pencils
  • Binders,file folders,etc.-for organizing finished work
  • Mug or cup for coffee/tea etc
  • USB thumb drive-2GB+


Books and reading


To prepare for the Diploma course and for working in a Montessori environment it is good practice to read widely on the subject. The following list of books is provided to help you begin this process. Some of these books can be bought at the Training Centre. Some of these books will also be made available in the student library.


The listed books are generally available from the Montessori-Pierson Publishing Company and/or from the Indian Montessori Foundation.


Required Reading


  • Maria Montessori To Educate the Human Potential
  • Maria Montessori From Childhood to Adolescence
  • Maria Montessori The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume 1
  • Maria Montessori The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume 2 Maria Montessori and Peace
  • Maria Montessori The Absorbent Mind
  • Maria Montessori Psychogeometry
  • Maria Montessori Psychoarithmetic
  • Maria Montessori The Four Planes (booklet)
  • Mario M. Montessori Sr. The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education (booklet)


Recommended Reading


  • All other books of Dr. Maria Montessori, including:
  • Maria Montessori The Discovery of the Child
  • Maria Montessori The Child in the Family
  • Maria Montessori The Secret of Childhood (also available from Orient Blackswan, Hyderabad)
  • Maria Montessori Education for a New World
  • Maria Montessori What You Should Know About Your Child
  • Maria Montessori The Formation of Man Maria Montessori Creative Development in the Child, Volumes 1 & 2
  • Maria Montessori The Child, Society and the World (ed. Schulz-Benesch)


  • Mario M. Montessori Jr Education for Human Development
  • E. M. Standing Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work
  • Paula Polk Lillard Montessori, a Modern Approach; Montessori Today
  • Angeline Stoll Lillard Montessori: the Science Behind the Genius
  • Paula Polk Lillard & Montessori from the Start: The Child at Home from
  • Lynn Lillard Jessen Birth to Age Three
  • Silvana Montanaro Understanding the Human Being: The Importance of the First Three Years of Life
  • Greene, Ross, PhD Lost at School
  • Gordon, Thomas Teacher Effectiveness Training (TET)
  • Olson, Jeff The Slight Edge


For students taking the Foundation Course:


Required Reading

• Montessori, Maria The Absorbent Mind - Pierson Publishing Company

• Montessori, Maria The Discovery of the Child - Pierson Publishing Company

• Montessori, Maria The Formation of Man - Pierson Publishing Company

• Montessori, Maria Education for New World -Indian Montessori Foundation

• Montessori, Maria The Child in the Family -Indian Montessori Foundation

• Montessori, Maria Education and Peace - Pierson Publishing Company

• Montessori, Maria From Childhood to Adolescence - Indian Montessori Foundation

• Montessori, Maria The Secret of Childhood - Orient Blackswan, Chennai


Recommended Reading

• Montessori, Maria To Educate the Human Potential -Indian Montessori Foundation

• Montessori, Maria What You Should Know About Your Child -Indian Montessori Foundation

• Montessori, Mario Jr., Education for Human Development Montessori - Pierson Publishing Company


Books published by Indian Montessori Foundation (IMF) will be available for sale at


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The Montessori Training and Research Trust does not provide hostel facilities. However we can guide and support students while they look for accommodation, if required. Please note that MTRT neither recommends nor endorses any hostels. Students are advised to budget appropriately for board and lodging for the duration of the course.