Level DirectorJennifer Varbanov
TypeOnsite Course
StartOct 1, 2020
EndSummer 2022
PlaceAmelia Island Montessori School
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Course Overview

Our Early Childhood Teacher Training prepares the Adult Learner for their role as a Montessori guide in a mixed age Early Childhood (2.5 – 6) classroom. Graduates acquire the knowledge and skills to lead Early Childhood classrooms. The program introduces the fundamentals of Early Childhood Montessori Education in two components:

  • an Academic Phase, with a minimum of 361 academic hours (in class and online)
  • a Practicum Phase, with a minimum of 540 hours, spanning a full academic year

The Early Childhood Program is 24 months. This includes 2 intensive summer sessions, additional seminars held throughout the school years (lasting 3 – 4 days each), and additional hours of distance learning & readings.

Graduates will earn an American Montessori Society Early Childhood Credential.

Level Director – Jennifer Varbanov B.A.

Having served as an Early Childhood Instructor for the past 3 years, Jennifer is the current Early Childhood Level Director for all DMTEP locations.

Jennifer Varbanov began her career as a co-founder of Bodhi Tree Montessori school in 1999. She earned her Early Childhood credential from Northeast Montessori Institute. Jennifer graduated from Plymouth State University with a BA in Art History. She pursued her Masters in Education with a focus on Montessori education, while working as the Early Childhood Director and teaching art in the elementary I and II classrooms at BTMS. During her Montessori education, she developed a passion for Peace education.

Jennifer moved to Norway in 2005, where she currently works as the Academic Director at Bambini Montessori Barnehage. She has concurrently worked as a consultant for Early Childhood programs, creating workshops in Montessori theory and practice. In 2013 Jennifer earned a diploma as an Instructor in Training Curriculum for Teaching Establishments from Hedmark University College. She works actively with Interns and Teachers in practice within the Montessori environment. She has developed and presented Parent Education seminars and works to spread Peace education through the integration of concrete peace initiatives.

In 2015, Jennifer completed the Montessori Model United Nations teacher training at The Opera Nazionale Headquarters in Rome. Jennifer has held the position of Vice Chairman of the Norwegian Montessori Association, since her nomination in 2013.

Program Description

Academic phase

Class work will include a combination of presentation, theory, and hands on experience during supervised lab work. The academic part of the program is complemented with distance learning courses within these areas:

  • Montessori Philosophy and Theory (34 hrs)
  • Child Development and Theory (35 hrs)
  • Observation 8 in class hours + 20 documented (28 hrs)
  • Practical Life l. (41 hrs)
  • Sensorial (41 hrs)
  • Math (37 hrs)
  • Language (37 hrs)
  • Humanities – Art, Music, Drama, and Movement (24 hrs)
  • Cultural and Natural Science Topics include Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, and History (33 hrs)
  • Management for Montessori Teachers (11 hrs)
  • FLL – Foreign Language Learning (8 hrs)
  • Practicum Seminar and Yearlong Project (32 hrs)
Practicum phase

The practicum experience is crucial for the transformation of a Montessori teacher. Practicum can be done in a classroom with a Supervising Teacher or can be Self Directed. Observations and discussions with our experienced Field Supervisor will give the Interns support as they work toward Practicum completion.

Two major projects are developed during the Practicum.

The Practicum consists of at least 540 hours during a minimum of 1 school year in a classroom fulfilling AMS standards.

Training in Prague, Czech Republic

Fees and Registration


Application fee $75

This non-refundable fee is submitted with application.

Tuition fee $5900

The tuition is paid in 2 instalments (50% before Summer 1 and 50% before Summer 2)


Registration Process

1. Contact us, using the form below, to request your application package.

2. You will receive an application package including

  • Application form
  • Student Handbook
  • Payment information

3. Submit the Application together with required documents and Application fee payment.

*Detailed instructions are listed in the Student Handbook

Required documents

  • Program application form
  • Professional resume
  • Motivation letter
  • University transcript


  • English language at a fluent level
  • Bachelor’s degree minimum*

* Early Childhood only: Graduates with high school education will receive an Associate credential.


  • Introductory Seminar: Fall 2020
  • Weekend Seminars every 4 – 6 weeks 
  • Summer: June 2021
  • Practicum Year: 2021-2022
  • Final Seminar: Summer 2022
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