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AMI Montessori Assistants Certificate Primary 6-12

A detailed introduction to Montessori pedagogy and the development of children from six to twelve years, as well as the interdisciplinary Montessori approach known as Cosmic Education.

Qualification Authorising Body

Association Montessori Internationale

Course Information

Qualification Delivery

Sixty hours at the Centre, nine (9) additional hours of observation of children aged between 6 and 12. The observations are to be done either immediately after the course or parallel to the course.

Qualification Prerequisites

No prerequisites

Qualification Requirements
To enrol, all applicants are required to: 
AMI complete a course application form
AMI comply with any other local application requirements
Qualification Award

Submission of three papers (500 words each) on topics set by the course, to be submitted by a date stipulated by the course director. At least one of these topics should be on a theory topic. In order to obtain the Elementary Assistants Course Certificate a minimum of 90% attendance is required for the lectures. 100% of observation hours must be fulfilled.

Qualification Units

Completion of the specified course units is required for award of this qualification.

Required Reading

It is recommended that selected reading from the three books below be assigned during the course to prepare the assistants for continuing their study after the course.


To Educate the Human Potential


The Formation of Man


 Education and Peace



"When I was at primary school, I was always wondering about the universe. I was thinking whether human beings on the earth were the experiments of aliens from another planet. I was curious to know where human beings came from. I kept wondering why I am me and why I could be conscious of myself. My father bought me a series of books called Answers to 100,000 Questions. It gave me some of the answers, but not all of them. Those questions haunted me for years. As I grew up, I've been pulled into the circumstances of the time and my own life. However, those questions are still there; they have never been addressed. Cosmic Education is a great method to link the child to the whole universe, to let him or her set a firm foundation of the big picture of the universe, human beings, and creatures on the earth." Fiona, Shanghai

Course Units

Introduction to Montessori
Unit Code: AMIC301

Biography of Dr Montessori and an introduction to the concept of education as an aid to life.

Introduction to Montessori’s Theory of Human Development
Unit Code: AMIC302
AMI Needs and tendencies
AMI Self construction
AMI Four planes of development
AMI Characteristics of child in second plane
The Prepared Environment for the Second Plane
Unit Code: AMIC303
AMI The elementary teacher
AMI The materials
AMI Other adults (assistant, experts)
The Plan for the Elementary Child
Unit Code: AMIC304
AMI Cosmic education
AMI The pedagogical techniques (examples of lessons may be included)
AMI Role of teacher (transmitter of knowledge, inspiration)
AMI Class composition (mixed ages, sufficient children)
AMI Story telling/oral introductions (Great Stories/other stories)
AMI Content knowledge (key lessons)
AMI Sensorial/imaginative presentations, leading to abstraction
AMI Develop imagination, leading to creativity
AMI Awareness of necessity for social/moral development
AMI Going Out (implementing the child’s self construction)
AMI Other adults (there is more outside the classroom)
Freedom and Responsibility
Unit Code: AMIC305
AMI Freedom as applied to child in elementary environment 
AMI Responsibility as applied to child in elementary environment
Interacting with the Elementary Child
Unit Code: AMIC306
AMI Manner of speaking to a child 
AMI Appropriate direction for a child
AMI Manner of redirecting child
Assisting the Trained Teacher
Unit Code: AMIC307
AMI Have regular meetings with the teacher
AMI Observation of the children that supports the work of the teacher/child
AMI Maintenance of the environment
AMI Ordering supplies
AMI Accompanying children on Going Outs
AMI Role Model for appropriate classroom behaviours (language, movement, activity)
AMI Maintain confidentiality