AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma

Course Description

The AMI 12-18 Diploma is a rigorous study of Montessori principles and of the particular developmental characteristics and needs of young people ages 12-18. The course offers theoretical principles, key experiences in the life and work of adolescent communities, and support for implementation strategies dovetailed to the particular cultural and local contexts for communities in different places and regions.

This course includes:

  • A study of general Montessori theory
  • Foundational studies of children ages 0-12 years old, with a focus on key points of interest and materials that inform our work with adolescents
  • Montessori principles and practices for adolescents ages 12-18
  • Frameworks and implementation strategies for integrated study projects
  • An examination of culturally-responsive education and Montessori for Adolescents through the Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist lens
  • Essential experiences in social organization, economic activities for adolescents, self-expression, and residential and community life
  • Work on the land
  • Seminar discussions on Montessori texts
  • Writing papers on Montessori principles applied to adolescents


AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma

Sydney 2024

Director of Training: Laurie Ewert-Krocker


17 August 2024
31 August 2024
14 September 2024
Saturday10am – 12 noon AEST
12 October 2024
26 October 2024
9 November 2024
23 November 2024
7 December 2024
Saturday11am – 12 noon AEDT
6 – 31 January 2025
* note residential stay from
6 January to 17 January
8.30am – 4pm AEDT
March, April, June (details TBC) 2025SaturdayMorning (2 hours)
5 January – 31 January 2026Weekdays
plus Saturday 31st Jan
8.30am – 4pm AEDT
* AEST and AEDT is the timezone for Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra across the year.

Residential Stay

There is a 2-week mandatory residential component (Monday 6 January to Friday 17 January 2025) as part of the first in-person block. After this 2 week period, students can find alternate accommodation or commute if they live locally and SMTC will provide options to assist with this. There is no residential stay in the second in-person block.


As a guide, observations in Montessori adolescent environments would be expected to occur sometime between March to June 2025.

Practice Teaching

As a guide, practice teaching in Montessori adolescent environments would be expected to occur sometime between August to December 2025.

Certification Requirements

  • Students must maintain a minimum 90% attendance to receive a certificate. A student’s camera must be on during the online components to qualify as being in attendance. 
  • Outside of the online session times, students are expected to do an additional 10-12 hours per month of additional readings and follow-up work such as lecture notes; reflections (journals); observation exercises, lexicon terms; integrated theory paper.
  • Observations will be required along with observation notes and reports: First Plane (12 hours), Second Plane (12 hours) Third Plane (80 hours)
  • Students must attend the sessions in a space away from distraction as much as possible. They must be able to take notes and participate in group discussions and breakout rooms. 
  • There is also a mandatory 2-week residential component with evening and weekend work. This is noted as included within the in-person block of the course schedule.

Training Location


How to Register

Complete the registration form at the button below.

Supporting documentation can be provided after initial application by email to  [email protected]


Application Requirements

AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma applicants are required to provide the following:

  • Current resume
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts
  • A short 2 page essay written in the applicant’s own words on why you want to undertake the diploma and what brought you to Montessori
  • 2 written signed reference letters (1 personal, 1 professional)

* You can submit your application form online and send us the required documents via email at a later date.

Other Requirements

  • If English is your second language, a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) of 6 is required to undertake an AMI diploma. 
  • Non residents are responsible for obtaining their own visas to enter Australia. Details regarding your visa should be provided with your application and visa documentation for non residents must be provided before the first in person block.
  • Working With Children Check (WWCC) or equivalent in the state, territory or country in which you currently work.
  • It is an AMI requirement that all AMI Diploma students hold current AMI membership for the duration of the course. AMI membership costs €40 (Euro) for a 12 month period. AMI requires that SMTC collect membership fees on their behalf.

Course Fees, Discounts and Payment Plans

See our course fees page which includes fees, discounts and payment plan information: Fees | Sydney Montessori Training Centre.

Additional Costs – 2024 Course

  • Accommodation
  • Meals

There is a 2-week mandatory residential component as part of the first in-person block. After this 2 week period (finishes mid 2025), students can find alternate accommodation or commute if they live locally and SMTC will provide options to assist with this.

Accommodation and meal costs for any length of stay are additional and not included in the course fees.

*Qualification Authorising Body

The AMI Diploma 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 AMI Diploma is internationally recognised. It qualifies the holder to work in a pre-existing 12-18 classroom or to start a new classroom. All Association Montessori Internationale Diplomas state the holder has “Studied the principles and practice of the Montessori method for children from 12-18 years of age” and has “passed the written and oral examinations”.  The AMI Diploma does not automatically qualify the holder to teach. The state or country in which the AMI Diploma-holder wishes to work may have other teaching requirements that must be fulfilled. In New South Wales, all teachers must be accredited to teach through the NSW Education Standards Authority.

Required reading

The following texts can be purchased from Montessori Materials Australia as well as other suppliers:

  • The Absorbent Mind, Maria Montessori
  • Citizen of the World, Maria Montessori
  • Education and Peace, Maria Montessori
  • From Childhood to Adolescence, Maria Montessori
  • The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori
  • “The Human Tendencies and Montessori,” Mario Montessori (booklet)
  • To Educate the Human Potential, Maria Montessori
  • The 1946 London Lectures, Maria Montessori
  • AMI Communications 2011:
    • “The Adolescent: A Social Newborn”
    • “Principles and Practice in Education”
    • “Development and Education of the Adolescent,” Kodaikanal lecture
    • “Three Levels of Ascent,” Maria Montessori
    • “The San Remo Lectures”

To be provided by SMTC in downloadable PDF form:

  • “The Four Planes of Development,” Camillo Grazzini
  • E.M. Standing, Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, chapter 17, pp.263-270
  • “Some Suggestions and Remarks On Observing Children,” Maria Montessori (NAMTA Journal)
  • Maria Montessori, “Lecture 19” 1921
  • Maria Montessori, “Lecture 4” 1927
  • “Observation,” by Hilla Patell (NAMTA Journal)
  • “The Observation Artist” by Molly O’Shaughnessey (NAMTA Journal)

Additional Readings (not required):

  • The Discovery of the Child, Maria Montessori
  • Education for Human Development, Mario M. Montessori Jr
  • Education for a New World, Maria Montessori
  • The Formation of Man, Maria Montessori
  • Volume I of The Advanced Montessori Method, Maria Montessori
  • Maria Montessori: Her Life and Work, E.M. Standing

Download the Required Reading List

In Progress – Course Schedule

The information below relates to the currently in-progress AMI 12-18 Diploma which commenced in August 2022.

BLOCK 1- ONLINE (27 August– 17 December 2022)
27 AugustSaturday8am–10am (AWST)
24 SeptemberSaturday8am–10am (AWST)
22 OctoberSaturday8am–10am (AWST)
19 NovemberSaturday8am–10am (AWST)
17 DecemberSaturday8am-10am (AWST)
BLOCK 2 – ONLINE & IN-PERSON (28 December2022 – 27 January 2023)
28–30 December 2022Wednesday – Friday8:30am–4:30pm (AWDT)
2–27 January 2023Weekdays8:30am–4:30pm (AWDT)
BLOCK 3 – ONLINE (March-May 2023)
March 25Saturday8am–9am (AWST)
April 29Saturday8am–9am (AWST)
May 27Saturday8am–9am (AWST)
First Plane: 12 hours (guidelines to be provided)
o   0-3 (6 hours)
o   3-6 (6 hours)
Second Plane: 18 hours (guidelines provided)
o   6-9 (9 hours)
o   9-12 (9 hours)
o   or 18 hours at 6-12
Third Plane:  80 hours
BLOCK 4 – ONLINE (August-December 2023)
August 19Saturday8am–10am (AWST)
September 16Saturday8am–10am (AWST)
October 21Saturday8am–10am (AWST)
November 18Saturday8am–10am (AWST)
December 16Saturday8am–10am (AWST)
BLOCK 5 – IN-PERSON (January 2024)
2 January 2024Tuesday2 pm – 5 pm (AWST)
3 January – 27 January 2024Weekdays8.30am – 4.30pm (AWST)

Director of Training: Laurie Ewert-Krocker

Location: The in-person component of the 2022 course is Fairbridge Village outside of Perth, Western Australia.