AMI Montessori 12-18 Orientation Certificate

This 2024 course was formerly advertised as the AMI Introduction to Adolescents certificate but is now an AMI Orientation Certificate due to an AMI certification change in the 12-18 area.

Course Description

The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) 12-18 Orientation Certificate course is designed to provide administrators, educators, parents and community members a broad, general understanding of foundational Montessori theory and methodology for working with adolescents between the ages of 12–18 years.

This course explains the importance of continuing Montessori education into the third plane and considers the characteristics of adolescents in the third plane (12-18 years) of development as compared to earlier planes of development (0-12 years).

Sample  of Topics:

  • What Kind of Environment Supports Adolescent Development? 
  • The Nature of Work for the Adolescent 
  • Levels of Independence in the Third Plane: Social and Economic Independence 
  • The Roles of Adults in the Environment for Adolescents 
  • The Importance of Self-Expression 
  • The Three-Stage Learning Cycle

Course Snapshot

ModeOnline* (live online via zoom)
Director of TrainingLaurie Ewert-Krocker
QualificationAMI Montessori 12-18 Orientation Certificate (formerly advertised as AMI Introduction to Adolescents) Certificate
Course Fees$700 AUD plus GST (if applicable)**
**As this course is entirely online, GST is only payable where a person undertaking the course is located in Australia on application or during the course or where the person is a resident of Australia.


Saturday4 May10am -12 noon (AEST)
Tuesday7 May8pm- 10pm (AEST)
Saturday11 May10am -12 noon (AEST)
Tuesday14 May8pm- 10pm (AEST)
Saturday18 May10am -12 noon (AEST)
Tuesday21 May8pm- 10pm (AEST)
Saturday25 May10am -12 noon (AEST)
Tuesday28 May8pm- 10pm (AEST)
Saturday1 June10am -12 noon (AEST)
* All times are in AEST which is the timezone for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. All sessions are delivered “live online”.

How to apply

  • No prerequisites for applicants who wish to enrol into the AMI 12-18 Orientation Certificate
  • Applicants can register by completing the online Application Form

Course Fees

  • $700 AUD + GST (Excluding any reading materials)
  • Instalment payment arrangements to suit your circumstances can be considered on request by email to [email protected].
  • Group discounts can be considered on request.
  • This course is conducted entirely online, GST is payable by Australian residents only or persons undertaking the course whilst in Australia.

Certificate of Completion Requirements

Students may attend the sessions for information purposes only. If students would like to obtain the AMI Montessori 12-18 Orientation Certificate, the following requirements must be completed:

  • maintain a minimum 90% attendance (your camera must be on and you need to be visible to the instructor to qualify as being in attendance); and
  • actively participate in the Q&A sessions demonstrating an understanding of the pre-recorded lectures.
  • 2 short reflections of no more than 500 words
  • 2 hours of observation of adolescents which can be in an Adolescent Montessori community or of groups of Adolescents in a private or public space.  A reflection on this observation is to be submitted.

Recommended Reading

Recommended reading for the course is provided below, no written reporting or response is required.

  • Appendix A in From Childhood to Adolescence
  • Appendix B in From Childhood to Adolescence
  • “Dr. Montessori’s Third Lecture given at the Montessori Congress in Oxford, England”

*Qualification Authorising Body

The Certificate is awarded by the Association Montessori Internationale and does not form part of the Australian Qualifications Framework.
AMI is considered as the worldwide leader in Montessori education. Its certified training is acknowledged for its rigour and authenticity and the Certificate is internationally recognised.
The Certificate does not automatically qualify the holder to educate as a teacher’s aide or assistant. The State or Country in which the Certificate holder wishes to work may have other requirements that must be fulfilled.