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)
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!
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.
Director of Training:
Eduardo completed AMI Primary Training in 1973 in Mexico City. 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. Besides having directed his own class in the school he founded, he has directed training courses in Puerto Rico, Spain and the United States. He has been the Director of Training of the Primary Training Course at the MTCBC since 1999. Mr. Cuevas has extensive experience as an AMI Consultant, Lecturer, and Examiner. As Director of The Montessori Parenting Institute, he is well known for his Parent Education Workshop “Because No One Was Born a Parent”.
Auxiliary Trainer / Course Assistant
Anne graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A. and a B.Ed. After receiving her AMI Primary diploma in Toronto in 1984, she taught in the classroom for several years. She completed a M.Ed. in Early Childhood Education from the University of Toronto (OISE) and continued working as a Directress and Principal in Montessori schools in Toronto and Ottawa. She began the Trainer of Trainers’ Programme at the Montessori Training Centre of BC, becoming an Auxiliary Trainer in 2003. She is also a trained AMI Primary Consultant. Anne was a founding member of the Montessori Society of Canada and Executive Director of AMI (Canada). She continues to work as a Consultant, Lecturer, National Examiner and coordinator of Canada’s AMI School Recognition program.
Academic Year: September – July
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.
Primary Campus, MTCBC
#200 – 8555 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6P 3J9
* This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.