Montessori Training Centre of BC
A Place of Education for adults on the nature of childhood
AMI Primary Montessori Teacher Training
“Education, therefore, of little ones is important, especially from three to six years of age, because this is the embryonic period for the formation of character and of society, just as the period from birth to three is that for forming the mind, and the prenatal period that for forming the body.”
(The Absorbent Mind, p. 221/2)
Primary Course students are trained to work with children aged 2 ½ to 6, prepare beautiful and responsive environments, work in Montessori and early childhood education communities in schools and day care settings, homes and any environments where children ages three to six are found!
Early Childhood Educator Certificate (ECE)
Upon completion of the program, graduates qualify for an Early Childhood Education Diploma and the British Columbia Early Childhood Educator Certificate. Applications for a certificate are sent to the Early Childhood Educator Registry, Ministry of Children and Family Development.
AMI Primary Director of Training:
Completed AMI Primary Training in 1973 in Mexico City. Besides having directed his own class in the school he founded, he has directed training courses in Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States, and has been with the MTCBC since 1999. Mr. Cuevas has extensive experience as an AMI Consultant and Director of Parent Education Programs. He holds a Master’s Degree in Primary Education from Loyola College, Baltimore, USA and is a past member of the AMI Board of Directors.
Academic Year: early September to late June
The AMI Montessori Primary Teacher Training course trains the adult to prepare a beautiful and orderly environment for children 3 to 6 years of age according to the principles and practices of Dr. Maria Montessori and the Association Montessori Internationale. Upon completion of all academic and practicum requirements, graduates are qualified to receive the BC Early Childhood Educator Certificate.
- Theory lectures on the Montessori philosophy and psychology of early child development
- Reading/study of Dr. Maria Montessori’s books including directed reading seminars
- Presentation lectures on the purpose and use of the variety of Montessori activities
- Supervised practice with the Montessori materials
- Observation in the community and in Montessori classes, including the lab school, MCC
- Teaching practice in local Montessori schools
- Observation and Practicum in a non-Montessori day care setting
- Written work – the student compiles a reference album for each of the four areas of the prepared environment with an essay style introduction for each album; an essay on each theory topic is written based on lecture notes and reading assignments.
- Material making assignments – students make activities for the classroom to keep for their own use
Preferably, applicants hold a Bachelors Degree, a Community College Diploma or their Early Childhood Education Certification. Applicants with Mature Student Status are also considered. Please refer to the Application documents in Downloads for further details.
Requirements for Primary Certification
The Montessori Primary Diploma is granted upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements in:
- attendance at lectures and supervised practice
- observation and practicum requirements
- material making assignments
- written assignments
- reference albums and resource manuals
- passing grades on written examinations
- passing grades in oral examinations conducted by Examiners of the AMI.
Phone: 604-261—0864 ext. 103
Primary Campus, MTCBC
#200 – 8555 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6P 3J9