AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma

We are thrilled to be offering the AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma at SMTC. Commencing on 27 August 2022 and concluding in January 2024. The course will begin online with the first in-person block scheduled in January 2023 and the second in-person block in January 2024. 


* To obtain the early bird price you must submit your application and pay your initial deposit of $500 (plus GST) to SMTC on or before 8 July 2022.

Course Description

The AMI 12-18 Diploma is a rigorous study of Montessori principles and of the particular developmental characteristic 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

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.

Course Schedule

BLOCK 1 – ONLINE (27 August – 17 December 2022)
27 August10am–12pm (AEST)Live lecture: “A Montessori Approach to Human Development: Adaptation and the Human Tendencies”
24 September10am–12pm (AEST)Live Lecture: “The Prepared Environment and the Role of the Adult”
22 October10am–12pm (AEDT)Live Lecture: “Observation”
19 November10am–12pm (AEDT)Seminar on Observation readings
17 December10am–12pm (AEDT)Share feedback on observations of Human Tendencies;
Q and A and feedback on content of Integrated Theory Paper; individual conferences as needed
BLOCK 2 – ONLINE & IN-PERSON (28 December2022 – 27 January 2023)
ONLINE28–30 December 2022Theoretical Foundations
IN-PERSON2–27 January 2023
Intensive program
2-week residential (TBC)
BLOCK 3 – ONLINE (March-June 2023)
March10am–12pm (AEDT)Live Presentation: Literature Review Workshop Check-in
April10am–12pm (AEST)Three-Stage Learning Cycle Revisited
Coached Independent Work on Plans of Study and Work and Year-long Plan
May10am–12pm (AEST)Live and recorded presentation: Working with students to support anti-racism/anti-bias in education

Coached Independent Work on Plans of Study and Work and Year-long Plan
Advisory Conferences
June10am–12pm (AEST)Seminar: Education and Peace
Advisory Conferences
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 – December 2023Practice Teaching
Student will implement one entire study and work plan with adolescents according to their role in the community, providing appropriate developmental support, cultivating independence, preparing and delivering appropriate lessons, integrating practical and intellectual work, providing feedback for student work, and assisting adolescents with the planning, organization, follow-through, and recording of their work
An IMTI faculty member will observe and meet with each course student during practice teaching module (in-person or remotely)
Student Work:
● Practice teaching documentation
● Document of one additional study and work experience.

Literature Review
● Evaluation of sources
● Cited and referenced paper summarising findings of literature review
BLOCK 5 – IN-PERSON (January 2024)
IN-PERSONJanuary 2024
Intensive program
2-week residential (TBC)

Director of Training: Laurie Ewert-Krocker

Certification Requirements

  • Students must maintain a minimum 90% attendance to receive a certificate. A student’s camera must be on during the online compoments 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 Place (18 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.

Training Location

The in-person component will be held at Fairbridge Village outside of Perth, Western Australia. 

Course Fees

Early bird price: $12,800 plus GST
To obtain the early bird price you must submit your application and pay your initial deposit of $500 plus GST to SMTC on or before 8 July 2022.

  • Full course fee after 8 July 2022 is $15,000 plus GST.
  • SMTC offers part payment plans for course fees and a further discount of 2.5% for the AMI Montessori 12-18 Diploma where the course fee is paid upfront

Additional Costs

  • Accommodation
  • Meals

There is a 2-week mandatory residential component as part of the first in-person block. After this 2 week period (finishes 13 January 2023), students have the option to stay on-site for the remainder of the block, find alternate accommodation or commute if they live locally. Accommodation and some meal costs for any length of stay are additional and not included in the course fees. More details available soon.

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. 

How to Apply

Please contact our office on +61 451 309 620 or [email protected] if you have any questions.

Required reading

The following texts can be purchased from Montessori Materials Australia

  • Citizen of the World, Maria Montessori
  • From Childhood to Adolescence, Maria Montessori
  • The Secret of Childhood, Maria Montessori
  • “The Human Tendencies and Montessori,” Mario Montessori (booklet)

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)
  • “Lecture 19” 1921
  • “Lecture 4” 1927
  • “Observation,” by Hilla Patell (NAMTA Journal)
  • “The Observation Artist” by Molly O’Shaughnessey (NAMTA Journal)