What is Montessori certification?

Answered by Edward Huber

Montessori certification, specifically the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certification, is a rigorous training program that prepares teachers to work in Montessori classrooms. As an AMI certified teacher, I have undergone extensive training in child development and the Montessori philosophy.

One of the fundamental aspects of Montessori education is understanding child development. AMI certification equips teachers with a deep understanding of how children grow and learn. This knowledge allows us to create an environment that supports and nurtures each child’s individual development. We are trained to observe and understand the unique needs and interests of each child, and guide them towards activities and materials that align with their developmental stage.

In a Montessori classroom, the role of the teacher is that of a guide. We are not the traditional “sage on the stage,” but rather facilitators of learning. We create a hands-on, self-paced, collaborative, and joyful environment where children have the freedom to explore and discover on their own. Our role is to provide individualized support and guidance, while respecting each child’s autonomy and independence.

Implementing the principles of Montessori education has the power to transform lives. By following the child and allowing them to take ownership of their learning, we see incredible growth and development. Montessori education fosters a love for learning, critical thinking skills, and a strong sense of self-confidence and independence. It prepares children not just for academic success, but for life.

Obtaining AMI certification is a rigorous process. It involves completing a comprehensive training program that includes both academic study and practical experience in a Montessori classroom. The training covers all areas of the Montessori curriculum, including practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural subjects. Additionally, we learn about the philosophy and principles that underpin Montessori education.

During the training, we have the opportunity to observe experienced Montessori teachers and practice our own teaching skills under their guidance. This practical experience allows us to deepen our understanding of the Montessori materials and curriculum, as well as refine our classroom management techniques.

After completing the training, we undergo a thorough evaluation process to obtain AMI certification. This evaluation includes written exams, oral exams, and a final teaching practicum, where we demonstrate our ability to create a Montessori environment and effectively guide children in their learning.

Montessori certification, specifically AMI certification, equips teachers with the knowledge and skills to implement the Montessori philosophy and principles in the classroom. It is a transformative journey that allows us to support children in finding their own natural path, fostering a love for learning and preparing them for life.