The Elementary I Program ( 6 - 9 Years )

Through manual activity the child reaches a higher level of intelligence; whoever has worked with his own hands has a stronger character. My experience has shown that if for some peculiarities of the environment, the child cannot make use of his hands, his character remains at a very low level, he remains incapable of obedience or initiative, and becomes lazy and sad, while the child who has been able to work with his hands shows a marked development and force of character - Dr. Maria Montessori

Elementary I Online Schedule
EC Overview/Philosophy (online weekly), Sep 7-Oct 18, 2017 or Jan 4-Feb 14, 2018
Child Development, Oct 20-Nov 16, 2017
Elementary I History/Geography (online weekly), Nov 16-Dec 20, 2017
Elementary I Language/Grammar (online weekly), Jan 4-Feb 14, 2018
Elementary I Math/Geometry (online weekly), Feb 15-Apr 18, 2018
Elementary I Biology/Physical Science/Leadership (online weekly), Apr 19-May 30, 2018

Required In-Residence Schedule
Jul 7-Jul 28, 2018

Practicum and Seminars
Monthly online discussion and participation in online seminars, Sep 2018-May 2019

Note: Elementary I Program Elementary Students without Montessori Early Childhood training from a MACTE accredited training center must complete the Early Childhood Overview course components, which are available online. Students can enter into the course in September with weekly online components through May. Students are required to complete the course through in-residence participation at our Omaha campus. Students or staff who determine students have not successfully completed the online components will be required to attend the make-up sessions during the summer, in-residence. At this time, those seeking credit towards a Master's Degree, should view the American Montessori Society website,, "Master's Degree in Montessori" for information about institutions that will award a Master's Degree and other degree options.

Elementary Elementary Book List

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The Academic Phase

AMS Certificate Course Components:

  • Montessori Philosophy/Child Development
  • Classroom Leadership
  • Curriculum Design/Strategies
  • Practical Life/PE/Integrated Arts
  • Language/Grammar
  • Mathematics/Geometry
  • Geography/History
  • Physical Science/Biology
  • Practicum / Seminars

The Practicum Phase ( August - May )

(May be postponed if teaching in a 9-12 environment until the academic 9-12 phase has been completed).

Students seeking AMS 6-9 credential must complete a full day, full week, nine month practicum experience at an approved site. This may be done either as a self-directed internship in one's own classroom, or in partnership with an experienced supervising teacher. The cost of three consulting visits is included in the tuition. In the event that additional visits are necessary, or if an internship is located more than 100 miles from the training center, additional charges will be negotiated between the Institute and the student.