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)

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Diploma Granted

The Montessori Training Centre of British Columbia (MTCBC) works in affiliation with the Association Montessori Internationale. The courses offered must meet rigorous standards, in both content and teaching staff. The Diploma awarded by the MTCBC is in great demand by Montessori Schools both nationally and internationally. Individuals must enquire what local requirements set out by government regulatory bodies must also be met when applying for teaching positions.

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!

British Columbia Early Childhood Education (ECE)

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.

Masters of Ed. Opportunity at Vancouver Island University

Upon completion of an AMI Primary or Elementary diploma, one may apply to the Masters of Educational Leadership program (Montessori Option) at Vancouver Island University. This unique program is the first of its kind in Canada. Join a welcoming cohort of Montessori colleagues and professionals to dive deeper into leadership philosophies and styles through a Montessori lens. Find further details here.

Primary Director of Training

 Anne Laws Anne graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. and a B.Ed. and then, went on to complete her AMI Primary diploma in Toronto in 1984. After working in the classroom for several years, she completed a M. Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (1989). Anne has worked as a guide and as a Principal in Montessori schools in Toronto and Ottawa. She began the Training of Trainers’ Programme at the Montessori Training Centre of BC, becoming an Auxiliary Trainer in 2003. She has worked for many years as a trained AMI Primary Consultant, National Examiner and Lecturer. Anne served as a founding member of AMI’s Affiliated Society in Canada and as Editor of its member newsletter. She worked several years as Executive Director of Canada’s current affiliated society, AMI (Canada). She continues in the role of coordinator of AMI’s School Recognition Program in Canada. She joined the Montessori Training Centre of BC in September 2019 to complete the final phase of the Training of Trainers’ Programme at the primary level and is now an AMI Primary Trainer .

Primary Course Assistant

Holly White is honoured and grateful to work, learn, play, and raise her daughter alongside her husband on the beautiful Snuneymuxw Nation lands. Holly joins the MTCBC team as the Primary Course Assistant after graduating from the training centre over two decades ago. Holly is AMI trained from ages 0 – 6 and has spent her career in service to families and schools as a guide, parent mentor, collaborator, and consultant, both nationally and internationally. Holly is a lifelong learner, and she is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in Leadership degree at Royal Roads University. Holly’s aspirations include inspiring, empowering, and connecting with those around her but ultimately just doing her part to be a good human. Holly enjoys yoga, exploring new destinations with her family, and eating her way around the globe.

Primary Course Overview

The AMI Montessori Primary Teacher Training course trains the adult to prepare a beautiful and orderly environment for children 2 1/2 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 MTCBC Montessori Children’s Community, 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

Program Calendar 2023-2024

Course Commences on Saturday, May 6th, 2023.

  • Online Lectures: The course begins with online lectures on Saturday mornings throughout May and June. Further lectures will be scheduled intermittently on Saturday mornings between summer one and summer two, dates TBD.
  • Summer One: Onsite classes from June 26th – August 25th, 2023, in Vancouver, BC
  • Spring Module: Two weeks onsite March 15 – March 28, 2024, in Vancouver, BC
  • Summer Two: Onsite in Vancouver, BC, June 24th – August 23, 2024
  • Written and Oral Exams: Scheduled in the summer of 2024
  • Montessori Observation and Practice Teaching: To be completed during the academic year.

These dates may be subject to change if necessary. Any change will be announced in advance and in writing.

Admission Requirements

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



Email the Registrar:

Phone: 604-261-0864


MTCBC Campus

1410 Nanton Ave. , Vancouver, BC V6H 2E2 (Entrance at corner of Nanton Ave. & Cartier St.)

* This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.