AMI Assistants to Infancy (0-3) Diploma Course

The first three years of life are a critical foundation for development. Our MACTE accredited AMI Assistants to Infancy training provides the knowledge and confidence you will need to support infants, toddlers, and their families in both in-home and school-based settings.

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Portland Summer Course

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Nancy Lechner, M.Ed. (bio)
 

COURSE DATES

Summer 1: June 18 - August 17, 2018
Summer 2: June 17 - August 16, 2019
 

DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:00pm
 

LOCATION

Portland, Oregon

TUITION & FEES

Application Fee: $150
Materials Fee: $215
Tuition: $10,700
Exam Fee: $350

Bay Area Block Course

DIRECTOR OF TRAINING

Nancy Lechner, M.Ed. (bio)
 

COURSE DATES

Block 1: October 27 - Nov. 21, 2020
Block 2: January 5 - February 13, 2021
Block 3: April 13 - May 22, 2021

DAILY SCHEDULE

Monday to Friday, 1:00pm - 7:30pm
 

LOCATION

San Jose, California

TUITION & FEES

Application Fee: $150
Materials Fee: $215
Tuition: $10,700
Exam Fee: $350



About the AMI Assistants to Infancy Course


View the MNW Assistants to Infancy Student Handbook Summers 2018 & 2019 PDF

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The AMI Assistants to Infancy course offers a comprehensive study of Montessori theory and practice to work with children aged birth to three in home environments and toddler classroom environments. During 625 hours of teacher preparation, students thoroughly explore Montessori philosophy, human development, Montessori infant and toddler activities/materials, and expectations for Montessori professional communities. Adult learner to instructor ratio is 32 adult learners to 1 course instructor and 1 course assistant.

Through their coursework, students learn how to guide healthy growth and development during these vital early years. The child at this age requires a safe, engaging, and nurturing environment to develop trust in themselves and their world. By offering age-appropriate activities and gentle feedback, the Montessori guide helps to build the child’s confidence in their emerging abilities, develop coordination and language skills, and gain independence in daily tasks and activities.

The Assistants to Infancy course focuses particularly on sensory-motor and language development. Other topics examined include school and classroom design, creation of toys and activities, parent support and consultation, and affiliated fields, such as obstetrics. For individuals trained in other levels of Montessori education, the information offered in the Assistants to Infancy course will support and augment their previous training. Most significantly, this course is practical; it will enhance any study of early childhood education, and will benefit any future parent.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS

Students produce six comprehensive teaching manuals to support their work with children and families, in the areas of Theory, Medical, Child Neuropsychiatry, Home Environment, Aids to Psycho-Sensory Motor Development, and Community Environments. These teaching manuals form a large component of the students’ work throughout the course, and are based on demonstrations and lectures given by the trainer.

Students learn how to create beautiful and useful materials for work with young children. Practical advice, including sewing and construction techniques, is provided for students who need additional assistance.

Observation is at the core of the Montessori guide’s work. During 250 hours of observation of children aged birth to three, students take detailed notes about what they see, and interpret these observations through the lens of Montessori theory and practice. 100 hours of supervised observation will be completed at Montessori Northwest during the summer class sessions and will be arranged by the training center. During this time, students undertake supervised practice, working with children in our model environments for infants and toddlers. Students will make their own arrangements for the remaining 150 hours of observation during the intervening academic year.

In addition to the creation of teaching manuals, students also learn important professional skills such as working with and supporting parents; assessing the different stages of movement, language, and personality development; and deciding how and when to present activities and materials.

Comprehensive written and oral examinations at the end of the second summer verify that each student has met the standards of the Association Montessori Internationale.


Books and Materials


WHAT BOOKS WILL I HAVE TO BUY?

The required books for your course are covered by your new student materials fee. There are additional books that are recommended, some of which are available for your purchase at MNW.

SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS

Students will receive specific guidance about exact requirements, but all students will need these items to start:

  • Computer, printer, and internet access

  • Ample note-taking supplies (ie: large multi-subject notebooks and writing utensils)

  • Printer paper

WHAT ARE THE COSTS?

Costs vary depending on supplier and thriftiness of the student. For students on a budget, Portland has many alternatives to office supply stores, such as Goodwill and Scrap.

The creation of Montessori materials and activities is a large component of the course. Supplies can include fabric, thread, and craft paper. We also suggest a set of color pencils. Water-color pencils are often preferred. These can be purchased from various locations and again can be found at various price points.

Students can expect to spend between $800 and $1500 on office and material supplies throughout the course.