Primary Course Overview

The AMI Primary Teacher Training Course is designed to educate adults about the Montessori philosophy and curriculum for children aged 3 to 6 years old, often referred to as the Casa classroom. Students receive a comprehensive educational experience that explores the Montessori history, philosophy and practice.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have either a Bachelor’s Degree, or a College Diploma/Private Career College Diploma with at least 2 years of work experience.

Course Calendar

The academic school year runs from September through to the end of May
with classes Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Students are expected to be available on Fridays for exam preparation and while practice teaching. The course is scheduled with two weeks holiday in December and two weeks holiday in March.

Course Deliverables

The AMI Montessori Primary Diploma is granted upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements in:

  • attendance at lectures and supervised practice
  • observation and practicum requirements
  • written assignments
  • reference albums and resource manuals
  • material making assignments
  • passing grades on written examinations
  • passing grades in oral examinations conducted by Examiners of the AMI

Course Tuition Fees

The tuition for the 2021-2022 academic year is $12,100 CAD payable as follows:

Application Fee: $200.
$1,300.00Non-refundable deposit due upon receipt of a letter of acceptance
$5,400.00Due on the first day of the first term
$5,400.00Due on or before the first day of the second term
Compulsory Fees:
$50.00AMI Membership due with first term tuition fees
$500.00Examination fees due with second term tuition fees

Tuition fees are the same for international students.

Approximately $500.00 CAD should be budgeted for albums, books and materials.

Note: No tuition is required for the second term should a student withdraw or be asked to withdraw before January 1, 2022.

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance may be available for those who qualify. For further information, please email fme@montessori-ami.ca or call 416-769-7457.

International Students

The Foundation for Montessori Education welcomes applications from international students. The AMI Primary 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 83 or IELTS Academic score overall band of 6.

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.

World Education Services provides credential assessment on a document-by-document basis.

World Education Services

Required Reading

The Absorbent Mind
The Advanced Montessori Method – Volume 1
Citizen of the World
The Discovery of the Child
Education and Peace
The Formation of Man
The Secret of Childhood
The 1946 London Lectures

All of the above titles written by Dr. Maria Montessori

Recommended Reading

Education for Human Development
by Mario M. Montessori Jr.

Understanding the Human Being
by Dr. Silvana Quattrocchi Montanaro