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Carla Foster has been the AMI Director of Diploma Course at Montessori Training Center of New England (MTCNE) for the past few years and also works at the University College, Høgskolen i Vestfold og Buskerud, in Norway.

Carla holds a bachelor's degree in Social Anthropology and Scandinavian Studies and a combined Master's degree in Old Icelandic Literature and Norwegian Literature from UC Berkeley. She has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from MMI in London and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. She has worked with children at levels 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12, working in both private and public Montessori schools. She has been an elementary trainer since 2011 and had the privilege of doing some of that training under Jean Miller at the Navadisha Montessori Institute in Chennai, India, and the rest under Ann Dunne in London, England.

Carla is originally from California but has lived in Norway since 1995, where she had a 6-9 class for 12 years and consults for schools in Norway. She has also taught ballet, modern dance, African dance, and Irish dance for many years and has given workshops on writing and bringing drama, music, and dance into the elementary classroom.

Carla currently trains the 2nd 6-12 Diploma Course in Prague.


Kyla Morenz is an AMI Elementary Trainer from Toronto, Canada. She has a B.A. from the University of Waterloo and her M.Ed. from Loyola University in Maryland. In 2011, she obtained her TESOL certificate from the University of Toronto, Woodsworth College. She has AMI diplomas at both the 3-6 and 6-12 levels. She has taught in 6-9, 9-12, and 6-12 environments in Canada and Morocco. She has lectured on courses in North America and Europe.


  • Receive International Certificate by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) recognized all over the world.
  • Learn from very experienced AMI Training Directress Cordula Arana
  • Study International AMI Assistants Course from the comfort of your home.


  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • School leaders and administrators
  • All adults interested in child development


  • Become able assistants in a Montessori Elementary classroom.
  • Learn about the depth of Montessori philosophy with regard to child development.
  • Learn how to interact with children in the elementary classroom and with a Montessori trained teacher.
  • Learn about the importance of observation and learn to observe.
  • Acquire ability to support the development of the elementary child.


  • Course
    60 hours of live online sessions and additional independent study.
  • Independent study
    Approximately 10 hours of independent study.
  • Observation
    9 additional hours of obligatory observations.
  • COVID-19 Restrictions
    Specific instructions on how to observe will be given during the course, taking into account the restrictions which may be imposed by Covid 19.


  • English.
  • With interpretation of the spoken word to Czech and Hebrew.
  • All course work, including written assignments, can be done in English, Czech, Slovak and Hebrew.
  • Students need to have an adequate level of spoken and written English, Czech, Slovak or Hebrew to take the course.


  • To Educate the Human Potential, The Formation of Man, Education and Peace. Other readings may be included.
  • Obligatory reading texts are available in English language. Some are available also in Czech. Some reading texts will be made available to students during the course.


  • Three essays
    Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.
  • Observation
    9 hours of observation.
  • Reports and Notes
    Submission of observation notes and observation report.
  • Materials
    Submission of handmade materials.
  • Attendance
    Minimum of 90% attendance.
  • Overall satisfactory participation in the course
    As evaluated by the Trainer.
  • You have 12 weeks to submit all the assignments.
    If students do not finish their requirements for certification on time before the course finishes, they have 12 weeks to submit their missing work.


  • Adequate level of English, Czech, Slovak or Hebrew to allow efficient study in the course.
  • Ability to study at a higher academic level.
  • Positive motivation to study and willingness to positively and constructively cooperate with the Course Director and the training center staff.
  • Filled out online application form and payment of the first part of the fee.
  • Computer availability and good access to the Internet for the whole time of the course.
  • A quiet place to study.

Every student who fulfills the enrollment criteria will be accepted to the course, however: good command of written and spoken English is a prerequisite to take the course. If during the course a student faces difficulties due to insufficient level of English, they may be invited to come back to take the course later, once their English has improved.


  • 1
    Yes, if you have upper intermediate knowledge of written and spoken English.
    Does not apply to students who will use course interpretation to Czech and other languages.
  • 2
    Yes, if you have the ability to study on an undergraduate level.
    The course content is very intensive.
  • 3
    Yes, if you have a strong and positive motivation to work in the course.
    These are keys to success!


  • 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Will the sessions be recorded?

No. Students are required to be present during 90% of lectures to fulfil their attendance requirement. All lectures are live presentations by the Trainer. There will be no lecture recordings.

How will the course be held?

The course is broadcasted live on ZOOM. More about it can be found on the website www.zoom.us. We recommend downloading this application to your PC or your phone, to be able to follow the sessions from different devices, and have all the options offered by Zoom available. There will be lectures, discussions, practice sessions, and group work done in Breakout Rooms. Students will receive technical support before the course to learn how to use Zoom effectively.

What happens if I have some sudden problems with the internet?

We kindly ask you to check the quality of your internet connection in advance. Ideally, use cable connection. Good internet connection is a condition for taking the course. If you have a one time sudden fluctuation of your signal, leave the Zoom meeting and come back. If your connection problems are repeating, you will be asked to leave the course. There is a 90% attendance requirement, which is valid for all the students. Students who can not attend 90% of the course are not eligible to receive the certificate.

How do you arrange interpretation to Czech and Hebrew?

The interpretation is available on a separate audio Zoom channel. We will explain how to switch between the channels and how to do the settings before the start of the course. Interpretation will be simultaneous.

What does 90% of attendance mean in this online format of the course?

The 90% attendance means that you must be present at minimum 90% of the course with your camera ON. This is a requirement of the course. We need to see that you are present at all times. You must attend Day 1 of the course. Missing Day 1 of the course will result in termination of your studies in the course.

Where will we find our assingments and materials for the course?

The course uses a Learning Platform called Schoology. Instruction how to log into Schoology and how to use it will be given to students prior to the start of the course.

When should I pay?

Once you have read all the course information and understood the requirements and conditions, you can fill in your application, and make the payment on our website.

Why do I need to submit an essay about my motivation to study after I am registered?

We need to make sure that all students taking the course in English have a sufficient level of written and spoken English language. That is why we will ask you to submit a one page essay about your motivation to study. Instruction will be given to you after you enrol to the course.

In what time zone is the course schedule?

The course is schedule in CET (Central European Time Zone), or in another-words - in Prague Time. In case you are located in a different time zone, please carefully check the time difference and make an informed decision if the course time fits you. We will be happy if you join us wherever you are, but it is your responsibility to be present during all times of the course.

I have children, can they be with me while I am studying?

We love children, of course. They are the reason why we give this course. However, a quiet working space without disturbance of other adults and children is a requirement for participation in the course.

Why is this course online?

The Covid 19 situation requires new solutions to providing Montessori education. We are really excited for having this opportunity to educate adults all over the world. Online courses can not substitute for onsite courses. Montessori teachers diploma courses will always need to be held in an onsite format, however, the content of the Assistants Courses is suitable to be given online.

What is the price of the course?

The price of the course is 800 Eur. We have special offers and discounts to our returning clients and groups of teachers sent from the same school. For more information write to invoices@amiprague.cz.


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