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AMI 6-12 Orientation

CERTIFICATE COURSE

Montessori Professionals Start Here

Prepare for and develop your Montessori Career 

  • Learn how cultivate children's independence and self-discovery within a nurturing and stimulating environment
  • Master techniques for observing children's progress and adapting instruction
  • Obtain globally recognized Montessori certification, enhancing your professional credentials and career prospects

AMI 6-12 Orientation

CERTIFICATE COURSE

Montessori Professionals Start Here

  • Learn how cultivate children's independence and self-discovery within a nurturing and stimulating environment
  • Master techniques for observing children's progress and adapting instruction
  • Obtain globally recognized Montessori certification, enhancing your professional credentials and career prospects

Montessori Professionals Start Here

Prepare for and develop your Montessori Career 

  • Learn how cultivate children's independence and self-discovery within a nurturing and stimulating environment
  • Master techniques for observing children's progress and adapting instruction
  • Obtain globally recognized Montessori certification, enhancing your professional credentials and career prospects

Take the next step on your Montessori journey!

Whether your are a Montessori professional working with children as an assistant in the classroom or an interested parent who wants to learn both about Montessori and children aged 6-12 years, you arrived at the right place!

In this course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive grasp of the Montessori philosophy and methods for ages 6-12.
  • Learn to recognize and support each child's unique learning needs and pace.
  • Develop practical skills to create a dynamic Montessori environment and effectively guide older children.
  • and much more!

Introduction to the course

The program is created and designed for Montessori assistants in 6-12 classes who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their Elementary practice.

  • A fully online course
  • 60 hours
  • Guidance of either Kyla Morenz or Allan Nguyen
    (depending on the dates you choose)
  • Certificate awarded by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • International students
  • Price: 797€

Become a Certified Expert in 2024

Our upcoming AMI 6-12 Orientation Courses:

OCTOBER + NOVEMBER, 2024

AMI APPROVAL PENDING
Course lecturer: Allan Nguyen
October 13 - November 7, 2024
Fully online

Autumn cohort of the AMI 6-12 Orientation with Allan Nguyen. The course will be held online over 4 weeks from Sunday till Thursday in the evening hours.

Price: 797€

Become a Certified Expert in 2024

Our upcoming AMI 6-12 Orientation Courses:

MARCH, 2024

AMI Trainer: Kyla Morenz
March 4-28, 2024
Fully online

Spring cohort of the AMI 6-12 Orientation with Kyla Morenz consisting of 3 modules. All sessions take place in the afternoons/evenings to make it easier for all students to attend. 

Price: 797€

NOVEMBER, 2024

Course lecturer: Allan Nguyen
November 2024, dates to be specified
Fully online

Autumn cohort of the AMI 6-12 Orientation with Allan Nguyen. The exact dates of this course will be announced soon.

Price: 797€

Meet Allan before the course begins!

During this insightful session, Allan Nguyen will delve into the intricacies of creating a well-prepared learning environment for students aged 6-12, both within the classroom and beyond. This is a unique opportunity to gain valuable insights from an expert in the field of education.
FREE of charge

General information about the course

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Montessori assistants wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills
  • Parents (and other family members)
  • Professinals working with children (teachers, carers, nannies, social workers..)
  • Anyone interested in Montessori (all adults interested in child development or considering a career in Montessori)

Learning outcomes and key benefits

Students of this course will learn how to support and help the classroom teacher maintain equilibrium within the class, how to observe, when and how to intervene but not interfere. They will gain knowledge of Montessori's understanding of development of independence and acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher. 

All students of the course will have the opportunity to learn from Allan Nguyen, study alongside colleagues from all over the world, engage in lively discussions, share their experience with others as well as gain new perspective themselves. All successful course graduates also receive worldwide recognized international certificate from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). 

ENROLLMENT CRITERIA:

  • Adequate level of both spoken and written English or Czech or Slovak to allow efficient study in the course (B2+ level).
  • Ability to study at academic level.
  • Computer (with camera) availability, and internet good enough for Zoom (2.6Mbps).
  • A quiet place to study (it is NOT allowed to be driving during the course).
  • Positive motivation to study and willingness to positively and constructively cooperate with the Course Director and the training center staff.

What is the role of an assistant in the classroom?

The intention of the international AMI Orientation Certificate Course is to help interested adults become able assistants in a Montessori Elementary Community.

In a Montessori classroom, the assistant supports the lead teacher and helps him/her create and retain balance. The assistant observes children and knows when to intervene and when to withhold from helping. He/she knows how to support children in developing independence and has a deep understanding of Montessori's approach to freedom and discipline. The assistant is a great supporter for the lead teacher and for the child.

Course Content

  • 1
    Introduction to Montessori
  • 2
    Introduction to Montessori's theory of human development
  • 3
    The prepared environment for the second plane
  • 4
    The plan for the elementary child
  • 5
    Freedom and responsibility
  • 6
    Interacting with the elementary child

Recommended literature

  • To Educate the Human Potential
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • Education and Peace
    Selected chapters; Maria Montessori
  • Other readings
    may be recommended

60 hours

of live lectures and guidance, self-study, reading and essay writing

3 essays

on given topics

9 hours

of obligatory observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course

Observation Notes

Submitting your notes from observation

Discover Excellence through AMI Certification

What is AMI certification?

Association Montessori International (AMI) is a worldwide leading authority on Montessori education. Maria Montessori founded the association herself to further her work and AMI certified courses are hence known for their high quality and integrity with Montessori's work. They are respected and acknowledged worldwide and some schools accept teachers only with AMI certified education.  Montessori Institute Prague is the only AMI certified training center in the Czech Republic. 

What certificate will I receive?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements for certification will earn the worldwide recognized AMI 6-12 Orientation Course Certificate

(optional) Onsite Module

Students have the opportunity to extend the course and attend the onsite module taking place in the training center in Prague. They will get to practice working with Montessori materials under the guidance of both Kyla and Carla.
All students who take this additional module and fulfill the requirements for certification will be awarded with AMI 6-12 Assistant Course Certificate.

Requirements for certification

  • Three essays
    Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.
  • Observation
    9 hours of observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course ends.
  • Reports and Notes
    Submission of observation notes and observation report.
  • Attendance
    Minimum of 90% live attendance.
  • Overall satisfactory participation in the course
    As evaluated by the Course Director.
  • 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.

ONLINE FORMAT & LANGUAGE

Live sessions on Zoom

in form of LECTURES with occasional discussions and work in small groups. Taking notes is highly recommended.

Schoology platform

is used for all communication assignment submission. It is very user-friendly and helps us stay structured.

Technical support

is available before, during and after the course.

The whole course is given in English. It is also being simultaneously interpreted into Czech. All course work including written assignments can be done in English, Czech or Slovak. It is a prerequisite to have at least a B2 level (verbal and written) command of one of the languages

Training Center

Module 3 of the course takes place in the training center in Prague where students come in person to take the last three days of the course and also meet in person both trainers. 

Students organise their accommodation and travelling arrangmentes themselves. Should there be need of help, we will gladly advise about convenient accommodation options, transportation in Prague and other practical aspects of the stay.

Meet your lecturer!

Kyla Morenz is an AMI Elementary Trainer from Toronto, Canada. 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. Kyla is also currently part of the expert team in Bilingual Montessori Erasmus project run by Montessori Institute Prague.

Allan Nguyen was an elementary Montessori guide for more than 15 years in 6-9, 9-12 and 6-12 children communities after redirecting his career from IT development and management. Born and raised in Switzerland, Geneva, he lives now in Quebec City, Canada and works internationally for AMI training centers. He is finishing his training as an AMI trainer, and has been a lecturer in AMI diploma courses in France, Germany, Switzerland and during the previous MIP orientation course with Cordula Arana Lehrer.

Allan was part of the second group that enriched the training of trainers with the new model of seminars, trained by seven experienced trainers chosen by AMI from 2019 to 2023, in addition to being mentored by Benoit Dubuc and Cordula Arana.

Register & study in 2024

Our upcoming AMI 6-12 Orientation Courses:

OCTOBER + NOVEMBER, 2024

AMI APPROVAL PENDING
Course lecturer: Allan Nguyen
October 13 - November 7, 2024
Fully online

Autumn cohort of the AMI 6-12 Orientation with Allan Nguyen. The course will be held online over 4 weeks from Sunday till Thursday in the evening hours.

Price: 797€

Register & study in 2024

Our upcoming AMI 6-12 Orientation Courses:

MARCH, 2024

AMI Trainer: Kyla Morenz
March 4-28, 2024
Fully online

Spring cohort of the AMI 6-12 Orientation with Kyla Morenz consisting of 3 modules. All sessions take place in the afternoons/evenings to make it easier for all students to attend. 

Price: 797€

NOVEMBER, 2024

Course lecturer: Allan Nguyen
November 2024, dates to be specified
Fully online

Autumn cohort of the AMI 6-12 Orientation with Allan Nguyen. The exact dates of this course will be announced soon.

Price: 797€
"Simplicity and comprehensibility of the information provided by the lecturer were mind-blowing."
KristineParticipant of a workshop with Allan
"I was impressed by the way materials and information are organised."
RaniaParticipant of a workshop with Allan
"Kyla was awesome ! She really shared trully with enthusiasm and so many real exemples were given. Her explanations were really clear, her stories captivating and it was a real pleasure to listen to her, even through a screen. The mix with small groups chats and listening to lessons was good too. The support received by email or on schoology, and organisation was good too, thanks Plamena."
Student of the courseMontessori guide for 3-6
"Simplicity and comprehensibility of the information provided by the lecturer were mind-blowing."
KristineParticipant of a workshop with Allan
"Kyla it was an honor to be able to listen to you during every single lectures. Your enthusiasm, the way you shared stories and your experience were so valuable ! Even if we hadn't any eye contact, I guess you received enough smiles and nods to have that connexion with us because I really felt it and I'm so glad for it. Merci infiniment !"
Student of the course
"I was impressed by the way materials and information are organised."
RaniaParticipant of a workshop with Allan

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the sessions be recorded?

No. Students are required to be present during 90% of lectures to fulfill 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. It is necessary to download Zoom application to your computer in order to join the course. 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 prerequisite 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 other languages?

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?

The 90% attendance means that you must be present at minimum 90% of the course with your camera ON (for online students) or that you need to spend the minimum of 90% of all live lectures at the sessions in person. This is a requirement of the course. 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 assignments 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.

In what time zone is the course schedule?

The course is scheduled in CET (Central European Time), or in other 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.

What is the price of the course?

The price of the course ranges between 750-850 EUR depending on the timeliness of your registration (the earlier you make the registration, the cheaper the price). No other discounts apply to this course. For more information write to invoices@amiprague.cz.

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.

Do you have another question?

Feel free to contact us!