AMI Montessori 6-12 Diploma

SMTC Montessori 6-12 Diploma student during a practice session January 2022
Course Description

The study of Montessori pedagogy and child development as well as an interdisciplinary approach to the study of human beings, their endeavours and relationship with the universe for children from six to twelve years old.

AMI Montessori 6 to 12 Diploma
Qualification Authorising Body
The 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 Diploma is internationally recognised. It qualifies the holder to work in a pre-existing 6-12 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 6-12 years of age” and has “passed the written and oral examinations”
The Diploma does not automatically qualify the holder to teach. The state or country in which the 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.
Delivery Mode
  • 440 hours of classroom based training – full-time over three Summers and two Seminars
  • 140 hours of supervised practice with Montessori materials – four weeks full-time during term time
  • 210 hours of Observation and Practice Teaching – three weeks observation full-time and four weeks practice teaching full-time all during term time
  • Full-time Block format – one academic year equivalent over three Summers and two Seminars. 
  • 8 Zoom meeting sessions throughout the course


  • Sydney Montessori Training Centre, 756 Darling St, Rozelle, NSW 2039, Australia


Course Delivery Update

We are pleased to advise that the schedule for the AMI 6-12 Diploma course will remain unchanged. The lectures and presentations for the first summer block commencing on Monday, 29 November 2021 will be delivered as previously advised and will be face-to-face for all that can attend the training centre in Rozelle, Sydney. If you are able to attend the first summer block in person, you are expected to attend in person.


For students that are unable to attend this first summer block in person due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, border closures, local area lockdowns or other restrictions imposed by health authorities, we will consider the particular requirements of the health guidelines and the circumstances of the course and make adjustments insofar as is feasible for the successful continuity of the course for all students.


This means that the first summer block, commencing Monday, 29 November 2021 the lectures and presentations will be streamed “live” via Zoom (in real time AEST) from the SMTC training centre in Rozelle, Sydney. You will be required to attend these lectures and presentations at the time of delivery, and you are to be visible and attentive for the duration of the classes for this attendance to be counted towards the 90% attendance requirement of an AMI course.


Dates and times

29th November 2021 – 23rd January 2024 – Underway 

Block Dates Times
Block 1 29 November – 22 December 2021 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  3 January – 28 January 28 2022 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Seminar 1 26 September – 7 October 2022 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Block 2 28 November – 21 December 2022 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  3 January – 20 January 2023 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Seminar 2 25 September – 6 October 2023 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
Block 3 27 November – 22 December 2023 9.00 am – 5.00 pm
  3 January – 23 January 2024 9.00 am – 5.00 pm


Zoom Meetings Dates Times
2022 Saturday, 26 February 2022 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm 
  Sunday, 27 March 2022 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Saturday, 25 June 2022 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Sunday, 24 July 2022 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
2023 Saturday, 25 February 2023 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Sunday, 26 March 2023 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Saturday, 1 July 2023 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
  Sunday, 6 August 2023 2.00 pm – 3.30 pm
Entry Requirements


  • Bachelors Degree, or consideration of other relevant qualifications and experience; and
  • AMI Montessori 3-6 Diploma OR the AMI Montessori Foundation Course Certificate*

*5 week preparatory course run prior to the start of the Diploma course


Application requirements

AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are required to provide the following with
their application:

  • 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
  • 3 written signed reference letters (1 personal, 2 professional)
  • If English is your second language, a minimum IELTS (or equivalent) of 6 is required to undertake a diploma. 
  • Visa documentation for non residents
  • It is an AMI requirement that all AMI Diploma students hold current membership with them for the duration of their course. AMI membership costs 40 Euro for a 12 month period. AMI requires that SMTC collect membership fees on their behalf. 


How To Apply

Required Reading
To Educate the Human Potential
From Childhood to Adolescence
The Advanced Montessori Method, vols 1-2
Education and Peace
The Absorbent Mind
Recommended Reading 
The Secret of Childhood
The Discovery of the Child
The Formation of Man
The 1946 London Lectures
Education for a New World
The Child in the Family
The Child, Society and the World
What You Should Know about Your Child
Education for Human Development
Course outline and completion requirements