Why AMI?


  •  AMI was founded by Dr. Maria Montessori herself
  • A Guarantee of Quality: AMI diploma courses are recognized worldwide for their excellence and authenticity.
  • Value and Opportunity of AMI Diploma: There are abundant career prospects for AMI trained people. They are in demand throughout the world as this credential is sought after by Montessori schools and parents globally.
  • Authentic and Complete Training: The AMI course is conducted over a nine month period on a full-time basis ensuring that you have all the information you need to be a successful Montessori teacher.
  • Knowledgeable Trainers: AMI trainers have extensive teaching experience and academic backgrounds. The trainers at FME were trained by Renilde Montessori, Dr. Montessori’s granddaughter, giving them a unique, in-depth knowledge and understanding of Montessori principles and practices.
  • Achieve the global standard and receive the only Montessori diploma signed by Dr. Maria Montessori

The AMI is the only Montessori teacher training organization to issue a diploma bearing Dr. Montessori’s signature. This diploma is recognized worldwide. Our graduates are highly regarded as experts in their field and are sought after by both national and international employers.The AMI diploma is issued from our head office in Amsterdam. In 1929 Dr. Maria Montessori, along with her son Mario M. Montessori, founded the AMI which is entrusted with ensuring that Maria Montessori’s educational guidelines and standards are upheld. AMI is the pedagogical authority that directs and supervises AMI training centres throughout the world. AMI has over 60 Teacher Training Centres in North America, South America, Asia, Europe, and Australia as well as planned Training Centres in Africa.

AMI courses worldwide follow the guidelines set down by Dr. Montessori; the courses are examined on an annual basis to ensure that the quality of instruction and the philosophy are upheld. The AMI has a Scientific Pedagogical Committee that gathers information regarding children from all corners of the world. This information is used to ensure that humanity can reach its fullest potential by offering education as an aid to life. AMI diploma holders are respected for their depth and breadth of knowledge regarding human development and Montessori education.

Dr. Montessori’s work as a physician, anthropologist, and pedagogue allowed her to study children around the world. Through intense scientific observation of the human being from birth to maturity she was able to distill a complex of philosophical, psychological and pedagogical principles which resulted in what is known as the Montessori Method of Education. Furthermore, this work resulted in her nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. The AMI and its courses are the only authorities entrusted with perpetuating Dr. Montessori’s educational principles.

Beyond its work with teacher training, the AMI is a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) represented at the United Nations (since 1985) and a NGO in operational relations with UNESCO (since 1962). They have also undertaken the Educateurs sans Frontières program which is modeled after Doctors without Borders. They host international Congresses and Conferences as well as carry out Research Projects to further Dr. Montessori’s work. ‘Communications’ is the journal of the Association Montessori Internationale. This publication includes articles by Dr. Montessori as well as scholarly papers on Montessori and related topics. Currently, two issues are published each year. AMI also produces a newsletter ‘The AMI Bulletin’ which is published three times a year and features Montessori news and articles from around the world. ‘Communications’ and the ‘Bulletin’ are sent to all members of AMI.