What is a blended course?2024-04-09T10:52:29-04:00

Blended courses are a mix of in-person and online instruction via Zoom. WMI will offer several diploma courses in a blended format at various locations. Please visit the main course page for more information. 

Do you offer any courses that are fully in-person?2024-04-09T10:51:12-04:00

WMI will offer a 3-6 academic year primary course starting in September 2024. This course will meet at WMI for all instruction.

What is the attendance requirement on a diploma course?2024-04-09T10:56:42-04:00

Depending on the course, there are in-person sessions and synchronous Zoom sessions. Trainees must be in attendance for 90% of the in-person and Zoom classes in order to fulfill requirements for an AMI diploma.

Does WMI provide housing?2024-04-09T10:57:24-04:00

WMI does not provide housing but we will share housing resources and options for trainees where possible. Visit the specific course page for more information. 

Can I work while I take a diploma course?2024-04-09T10:58:19-04:00

Yes, this is done by many trainees on our courses. Aside from at least 90% required class attendance, trainees should ensure that they have enough time and energy to complete assignments. Trainees will also need to plan for time to observe and practice teach.

How much homework can I expect?2024-04-17T11:25:03-04:00

The amount of time each trainee takes to complete their homework varies. Most trainees undertake 1-2 hours each evening during in-person class weeks. During the weeks with Zoom class, trainees should plan for at least 3 hours of homework per week.

What are the observation and practice teaching requirements?2024-04-09T11:00:53-04:00

For the Assistants to Infancy (0-3) course, 250 hours of observation and 30 hours of practice teaching are required.

For the Primary (3-6) course, 90 hours of observation and 120 hours of practice teaching are required.

Observation – Half of those might be done in one’s own classroom if they work in a primary Montessori classroom, with approval of the course trainer. The other half will be done in a classroom led by an AMI trained teacher (the school does not need to be AMI recognized). Your trainer will assist you in finding a school in your vicinity and must approve these placements. 

Practice teaching – 80 of those hours can be done in one’s own classroom, again, with approval from the trainer. The other 40 hours must be done in a classroom led by an AMI trained teacher. Usually this is the same classroom you observed in, if possible. 

For the Elementary (6-12) course, 90 hours of observation and 120 hours of practice teaching are required.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree to take the AMI diploma course?2024-04-09T11:01:57-04:00

An undergraduate degree is not required for a diploma course. However, schools may require a bachelor’s degree in addition to an AMI diploma to be considered for a position. 

What level of English proficiency is required?2024-04-09T12:58:05-04:00

Course instruction is conducted entirely in English. If you are a non-native English speaker, you must provide scores from one of the following tests:

Visit the Admissions page for more information.

Can I get a visa to come to WMI?2024-04-09T11:06:52-04:00

WMI does not provide visas for students at this time.

If I am being sponsored by my school, what is the relationship between WMI and my school?2024-04-09T11:07:26-04:00

WMI requires the student and sponsoring school representative to sign a School Sponsorship Agreement. This agreement allows WMI to communicate with both the student and the sponsoring school regarding financial matters, academic progress, etc.

Where can I teach with an AMI diploma?2024-04-09T12:55:18-04:00

An AMI diploma is the gold standard of Montessori teacher training. When you choose to study to be a teacher on an AMI course, you are earning a diploma that is recognized globally for its excellence, rigor, and authenticity and issued by the worldwide leader in Montessori education. Your diploma can open the door to a variety of career opportunities both within and beyond the classroom. Many schools that are affiliated with various Montessori organizations, within the U.S. and around the world, will hire AMI-trained teachers. 

Have other questions? 

Please email us at info@wmi-montessori.org for more information or to schedule a zoom or phone call to learn more about a particular course.

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