|22nd of August 2022
|26th of January 2024
|Spanish, English and Russian (depending on demand)
|Mixed (virtual, online, face-to-face)
The Master’s course for AMI Montessori Guide 6 to 12 years is designed for the achievement of a thorough knowledge of the theory and practice of the Montessori principle in Elementary education, with the aim of helping children to develop and adapt to society. The course covers all areas of the curriculum, which in Montessori education are much more numerous than those found in traditional education. These areas encompass philosophy, psychology and the contents of the various areas of knowledge with their materials and activities for teaching-learning. The course’s methodology includes theoretical classes, practical classes with the materials, observations and teaching practice in Montessori schools.
The proposed course format includes the Foundation course for the 3 to 6-year-old level. All theory and practice topics related to the 3 to 6-year level will be covered in an integrated way throughout the course. We want to relate all these issues as we work on the issues of the 6 to 12-year-old level. To do this we have the collaboration of AMI 3-6 trainer Eduardo Cuevas. It is not possible to validate these subjects as they are an integral part of the other subjects.
The calendar and schedule for this course is designed for teachers and other professionals who work and want to have the best Montessori training. This course format combines self-learning and flexible hours with live online and on site meetings.
On site meetings are essential in AMI courses to give quality and consistency to learning. These meetings help a lot to create community, encourage collaboration and ensure good supervision in practice with the materials. The course begins in two on site weeks where the theoretical and practical basis of Montessori and the learning dynamics of the course are established. In these two weeks we will also review the essential knowledge of the stage of 3 to 6 years and will begin the practices with the materials.
There will be a total of four on site modules, three for two weeks and the last for 3 weeks. In the second and third on site modules, most of the hours will be devoted to supervised practice and dynamics for cooperative work. The last module will be for three weeks. The albums and the final master's thesis will have to be handed in and there will be reviews and supervised practice. There will also be final exams and graduation. In these on site weeks the Saturday of the first week will be school.
The other weeks of the course are called “virtual and online fortnight” and they all follow the same structure.
During the fortnight, 12 recorded sessions will be shared so that each student can view them whenever they want and do the corresponding work at the times that suit them best. Each session lasts approximately 70 to 90 minutes and the student will be able to see it as many times as necessary in order to better understand the procedures and topics covered by preparing their personal album.
Please note that session scripts will be provided with basic information but the student will need to make their own description of most of the content. It is recommended that during the fortnight students be able to practice with the materials presented. If students do not have a Montessori environment or materials, they can try to practice with simulations of materials that can be shared. At the end of each fortnight, on the last Thursday afternoon, there will be a live online meeting for the whole group. Between fortnight and fortnight there is at least one week without a course. The goal of this fortnightly organization is to allow job to be done while the course is taking place.
Most supervised practice with materials will be done in the onsite weeks but a few hours will also be counted to do autonomously. Therefore, some recordings and records of these practices must be sent to the trainer.
During these months you will also need to do 3 weeks of observations at a Montessori school and then 4 weeks of practice teaching at a school with an AMI Montessori guide. These observations and practices can be done while the course is taking place.
A student handbook will be provided at the beginning of the course, detailing the course specifications and operation.
Start and End Dates for each Module in the Course
|On site fortnight 1
|Virtual and online fortnight 1
|Virtual and online fortnight 2
|QUINCENA VIRTUAL Y EN LÍNEA 3
|Virtual and online fortnight 4
|Virtual and online fortnight 5
|Virtual and online fortnight 6
|Virtual and online fortnight 7
|Virtual and online fortnight 8
|Virtual and online fortnight 9
|On site fortnight 2
|Virtual and online fortnight 10
|QUINCENA VIRTUAL Y EN LÍNEA 11
|Virtual and online fortnight 12
|Virtual and online fortnight 13
|Virtual and online fortnight 14
|On site fortnight 3
|Virtual and online fortnight 15
|Virtual and online fortnight 16
|Virtual and online fortnight 17
|Virtual and online fortnight 18
|Virtual and online fortnight 19
|On site three weeks for exams
Dates for written examinations
Paper A – Day 08/01/2024
Paper B1 – Day 10/01/2024
Paper B2 – Day 12/01/2024
Dates for oral examinationsDays 19,20,22,23,24 and 25 January 2024 (six days).
January 26, 2024
Theory and demonstration of Montessori material
On site sessions – From 8:30 to 11:45 and from 12:45 to 17:30
Online fortnight – Delivering of 12 lessons (recordings) of 1,5 hours for self-viewing and one online and live meeting of 2,5 hours the second Thursday at 18:00 (Paris time zone)
Supervised practice sessions
Each online fortnight has a practice session of 1 or 2 hours (with following and recordings).
In onsite modules during the most of the time.
Discussions / Reading Seminars
On Saturdays for the online and live meetings.
During 2022-23 academic year. They are compatible with the online lessons.
During academic year, final part of 2022-23 and the first part of 2023-24.
They are compatible with the online lessons.
Center opening hours for MIRTC students: Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The principal objective of the Master is:
University degree in the field of Education Science, Pedagogy, Psychology or other related university degrees.It is also possible to take the Master being the holder of other university awards, depending on the personal circumstances of the individual. If the applicant does not hold a university degree and for personal or professional reasons wishes to study for the Master, the possibility exists of obtaining the AMI Montessori diploma for 6 – 12 years but instead of being awarded the Master’s degree, receiving a Certificate of Attendance from the Fundació UdG:Innovació i Formació.
This Master requires a great deal of work and preparation at university level and therefore during the registration process references, an exposition of motivation and a personal interview with the director of the Master will be required, to clarify any doubts.
The three-summer Elementary course is delivered at the Montessori-Palau International Research and Training Center (MIRTC), located at Montessori Palau Girona, which makes all its facilities and services available to the center. All lectures, demonstrations, supervised practice and other activities related to the course take place at the training center.
Students have a model Montessori classroom fully equipped with Montessori materials for their exclusive use. The classroom for theory lectures and lessons is equipped with a camera and projector, as wells as all the necessary infrastructure to work with comfort and efficiency. There are other spaces for breaks, personal work and lockers for personal belongings.
In adjoining classrooms there are designed spaces for breakfast and snacks. The school has its own kitchen and a large lunch room, with daily lunch service.
The school grounds include a forest, gardens, a farm, a gym and all kinds of facilities that can be used for training activities.
Access and parking:
Free underground parking is available for all students at the center’s site. Every 15 minutes there is a public bus service to and from downtown Girona.
Trainers: Dani Cañigueral, Eduardo Cuevas
Other teachers: Gladis Routier, Aleksander Modekin
Administrative staff: Ariadna Cahisa (MIRTC), Anna Maria Cerdà (Fundación Universidad de Girona)