AMI | Montessori | 12 – 18 Years Blended Orientation Course (Online and In – Person)

  • Duration: 10 weeks

Goal of the Course

The intention of the international AMI Montessori Orientation Course is to help
interested adults become able supporters of adolescents in Montessori environments. Lecture topics focus
on describing the developmental needs of the adolescent and the components of an adolescent program,
including the prepared environment, the role of the adult, and the plan of work and study.

This Course provides basic orientation to the work with adolescents in Montessori environments.
It does not substitute the full Montessori training for Adolescent Guides!

Duration of the course program:

56 hours of lectures and independent work total. 9 additional hours of obligatory observations.
Specific instructions on how to observe will be given during the Course, taking into account the restrictions which may be imposed by Covid 19.

Course Language:

● English, with interpretation of the spoken word to Czech and Hebrew. Students need to have an
adequate level of understanding English, Czech, Slovakian or Hebrew to take the course.
● Written coursework , the written assignments, can be done in English, Czech, Slovakian, and
● If there is interest, the possibility of interpretation into other languages can be consulted with the
Course Director.

Obligatory Reading:

Appendixes A, B and C from Childhood to Adolescence, The Social Newborn
(AMI Communications) and The Oxford Lectures.

Requirements for Certification:

Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer(s) during the period of the Course. 9 hours of obligatory observation. Submission of observation notes and observation report. S ubmission of any other course work assigned by the Trainer(s) . Minimum of 90% attendance. More information about requirements for certification will be given at the beginning of the Course.


The Course Content:

Lectures, discussions and seminars are offered to introduce:
● Dr. Montessori’s theory of Human Development
● Characteristics and needs of the Third Plane of Development
● Transition from and building on the first two Planes of Development
● A Centre for Study and Work, the Prepared Environment for the Third Plane (physical, social
organisation, residential life)
● Preparation and role of the adults
● Social and Economic Independence and the pivotal role of Production and Exchange
● Work as a Human Right and privilege
● Dr. Montessori’s Educational Syllabus
● Plans of Study and Work
● Three Period Learning Cycle
● Contribution of the Third Plane: To what end?
● Introduction to the technique of Seminar
● Introduction to the method of Observation
● Working with adolescents, colleagues, administrators, parents

Online Format


● There will be live lectures given by trainers on “Zoom” platform.
● Course work and course communication will be done on platform “Schoology”.
● The course requires general ability to use computers and the internet and willingness to learn to
use Zoom and Schoology platforms.
● Students will receive technical support during the period of time when the course is given.