AMI Primary



The AMI Primary Teacher Training course is designed for students of education, curriculum and child development, as well as traditional educators, early childhood educators, parents, caregivers and school administrators. The course is well suited to individuals undertaking a first career or those embarking on a second career. Visit Links Page for Graduate and Employment Rates.

The students will receive lectures on Montessori philosophy and practice. Further, presentations will be aimed at guiding the students as to how to best present Montessori materials to children from 3 to 6 years of age in the Practical Life, Sensorial, Language and Mathematics areas of the environment. There will be opportunities to participate in discussion groups, as well as time to work hands on with the Montessori materials under the supervision of qualified staff. Students will also have the opportunity to observe children in Montessori classrooms, and to practice teach under the supervision of AMI trained people. Materials will be produced by the students which will be used in their own classrooms with children.


The course is one academic year in length with classes Monday to Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Please note that you will be expected to be available on Fridays during exams and while practice teaching. Classes run from September through the end of May with two weeks holiday in December and two weeks in March.


The Foundation for Montessori Education accepts applications from international students. Those who hold a degree from a University outside of Canada, must have their degree assessed by an academic credentials evaluation service, or a recognized Canadian University, and submit the assessment along with their application. Please note that tuition fees are the same for both national and international students.

The course is conducted in English at a university level. Applicants who have English as a second language are responsible for ensuring their language proficiency is at a minimum TOEFL score of 93 with minimum of 22 on both the writing and speaking sections, or IELTS score overall band of 7.



• a Bachelor’s Degree or,
• a College Diploma, or Private Career College Diploma, with minimum two year’s work experience


We are currently accepting applications and will continue to do so until the program is full.

Application Form

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Tuition Fees

The tuition for the academic year 2018-2019 is $11,560 (Canadian) payable as follows:

Application Fee: Early application fee $150 prior to February 1st. Application fee after February 1st $200.
$1,300.00 Non-refundable deposit due upon receipt of a letter of acceptance
$5,130.00 Due on the first day of the first term, thereafter non-refundable
$5,130.00 Due on or before the first day of the second term, thereafter non-refundable
Compulsory Fees: (CANADIAN FUNDS)
$50.00 AMI Membership due with first term tuition fees
$300.00 Examination Fees due with second term tuition fees
Note: NO tuition is required for the second term should a student withdraw or be asked to withdraw before January 1st.
$500 minimum should be budgeted for albums, books and materials.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify; for further information contact the Financial Aid Office at FME.

Required Reading

  • The Absorbent Mind
  • The Advanced Montessori Method – Volume 1
  • The Discovery of the Child
  • Education and Peace
  • The Formation of Man
  • The Secret of Childhood
  • The 1946 London Lectures
  • The Four Planes of Education
  • All of the above titles written by Dr. Maria Montessori
  • The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education
    by Mario M. Montessori

Recommended Reading

  • Education for Human Development
    by Mario M. Montessori Jr.
  • Understanding the Human Being
    by Dr. Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro