Enrollment Opens January 1, 2020!
Three Summer Elementary Diploma Course*
The elementary Course is an interdisciplinary study of human beings, their endeavors, and their relationship to the universe. At the elementary level, children seek the reason for everything. Rather than expecting the child to memorize a curriculum, Dr. Maria Montessori presented aspects of culture to the elementary child as "seeds of interest" lessons to touch the imagination and ignite the intellect. Searching for answers through individual and small group activities, elementary students learn geography, biology, history, language, science, music, art, and all branches of mathematics. The training for elementary teachers also includes Dr. Montessori's principles of psychology, education and teaching methodology.
with AMI Trainer Ellen Lebitz
and AMI Auxiliary Trainer Chris Trostel
*Pending full AMI approval
Online seminars will be scheduled during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years, as well as 7 weeks of observation and practice teaching.
Summer 2020: June 29 - August 7
Summer 2021: June 14 - August 6
Summer 2022: June 13 - July 29
* Dates subject to change.
Monday through Friday
8:30 am - 4:45 pm
Tuition and Fees
Course Tuition: $15,000
(includes nonrefundable deposit of $500 due within 10 days of acceptance)
$100 on or before May 1, 2020
$150 after May 1, 2020
Examination Fee: $500
AMI Membership Fee: $297
MACTE Fee: $200
Technology Fee: $200
*A three-installment payment plan is available for a service fee of $300. To inquire about alternative financial arrangements, please contact MINT at email@example.com.
In addition to tuition and fees, students should budget approximately $1,000 - $1,500 for books, album supplies, and material making.
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Did You Know?
Ellen Lebitz - Director of Elementary Training
An AMI Elementary trainer and consultant, Ellen earned the AMI Primary diploma in 1993 and the Elementary diploma in 1996. She has 18 years of classroom experience at both the Primary and Elementary levels as well as 17 years administrative experience as an education director. She has served on the boards of schools, training centers, as well as several community nonprofit organizations. Ellen holds a B.A. in Fine Art and an M.A. in Studio Art from the University at Albany (SUNY). She lectures on training courses and gives assistant courses around the US and the world and lives with her family in rural northwest Washington State.
Chris Trostel - Auxiliary Trainer
Chris Trostel has over 25 years of classroom and administrative experience among culturally and economically diverse populations from large cities to remote villages. She has taught in public, private, and charter schools; founded schools; and established adolescent programs while working as a program coordinator, principal, head of school, and director of education. Chris holds the AMI Elementary Diploma from Bergamo, Italy and the AMI Primary Diploma from Montessori Northwest in Portland, OR. She did her undergraduate work at Western Washington University, where she earned an M.S.Ed. from the University of Wisconsin. She is a former member of the AMI-EAA Board of Directors, and has held state teacher certification in Alaska, Oregon, and Minnesota.