Academic Phase


The 2018-2019 Program begins August 24, 2018, ends May 11, 2019. Classes meet approximately every other weekend (see schedule for details) at these times:

  • Friday: 12:00-5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m.-Noon and 1:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.


On-site lodging for ADMTEI academic weekends is available on a limited basis at the Weber Conference and Retreat Center. Contact our office for details.


Courses and Curriculum for Academic Phase

During the 10-month course of study, you will cover the following topics:

Educational Philosophy

  • A historical background on Dr. Maria Montessori
  • A thorough grounding in Montessori philosophy
  • The role of the teacher

Child Development

  • Current research in the area of Child Development
  • The links between Montessori, Piaget, Alder and others
  • The development of the child from conception through adolescence

Everyday Living Curriculum

  • A thorough understanding of this "key" curriculum area
  • Material presentations and supervised hands-on practice sessions
  • Cooking, Nutrition and Food Preparation

Sensorial Curriculum

  • Development of the child's senses and their importance in the child's intelligence
  • In depth look at the Sensorial materials

Math Curriculum

  • Historical background on the origin of Math
  • Development of the child's "mathematical mind"
  • Material presentations and supervised hands-on practice sessions

Language Curriculum

  • Building children's oral and auditory skills through literature, poetry, songs, finger plays and movement
  • Introduction to the Montessori materials for pre-reading and pre-writing
  • Current research on Whole Language

Classroom Leadership & Observation

  • Observation as the root of classroom leadership
  • Creative environmental design
  • The Montessori approach to positive discipline
  • Orienting new children into the class

Additional Subject Areas:

  • Family Involvement
  • Music& Movement
  • Art
  • Social Studies
  • Peace Education
  • Physical & Life Sciences


Practicum Phase

The American Montessori Society requires each Montessori teacher candidate to complete a nine-month practicum experience in an Early Childhood (ages 2┬Ż through 6) classroom. This requirement can be met in one of two ways:

Supervised Practicum: The practicum is completed under the daily supervision of a teacher credentialed by AMS, AMI, NCME or MACTE and with two years experience.

Self-Directed Practicum: The practicum experience involves the adult learner working as a head teacher in a Montessori classroom without the daily guidance of a supervising teacher. This adult learner must receive additional support during the year from a representative of ADMTEI.

Please note: Practicum positions are typically salaried positions. However, all such arrangements are to be made between the adult learner and the practicum site. ADMTEI does not guarantee or arrange payment for the practicum phase of the program. We encourage applicants to contact Montessori schools near them to inquire about practicum possiblities (a directory of Montessori schools by location is available on the AMS website).

The Practicum experience can occur during the Academic Program or immediately afterwards. However, ADMTEI will not issue certification until it is completed.