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)
2021-2022 Primary Teacher Training Course
Registration Now Open
This course is taking place in-person at the Montessori Training Centre of BC
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.
Primary Director of Training
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.
My name is Cristina Abasolo and it is my joy and honour to join the staff here at MTCBC as Primary Course Assistant. My love affair with Montessori began 30+ years ago when I took my Primary Course at the Washington Montessori Institute in Washington D.C. Since then, it has been an amazing journey for me as a classroom guide and facility manager across the globe. I have been blessed with opportunities to work in the U.S., Asia, the Caribbean and of course here in beautiful B.C. My husband and I are parents to two amazing boys, our human son Nick and our furry one Chester. Both have been brought up the Montessori way although the furry one still hasn’t quite ‘normalized’ in his 11 years of training.
My journey has come full circle now, and here at the training centre, I fall in love with Montessori all over again, each day!
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 Primary Teacher Training Course is a continuous program that lasts one academic year, from September to June. Holidays include two weeks in December for the winter break, and a one week spring break in March. Written examinations take place in March or April. Oral examinations are scheduled at the end of the school year. Lectures, presentations, practicums, and other course requirements are scheduled from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday to Friday.
Primary Course Overview
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
1410 Nanton Ave
* This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.