Level DirectorJudy Luman
TypeOnsite Course
StartApr 1, 2020
EndFall 2022
PlaceAmelia Island Montessori School
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Course Overview

Our program prepares the Adult Learner for their role as a Montessori guide in either Lower Elementary (6-9) or Upper Elementary (9-12) mixed age classrooms. Graduates acquire the knowledge and skills to lead Lower and Upper Elementary classrooms.The program introduces the fundamentals of Elementary I and II Montessori Education in two components:

  • an Academic Phase, with a minimum of 611 academic hours (in class and online)
  • a Practicum Phase, with a minimum of 1,080 hours, spanning a full academic year

The Elementary I-II Program is 30 months. This includes 3 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 Elementary I-II credential.

Level Director – Judith Luman Ed.S.

Judy graduated from the University of South Florida in Business Management and from Barry University in Elementary Education with a concentration in Montessori Education. She then earned a Specialist degree from Barry University in Early Childhood Education, with a concentration in Montessori Education. She also completed the Education Leadership certification program at the University of North Florida.Judy began her career at Amelia Island Montessori School. She taught for 15 years in a 6-9 classroom and 5 years in a 9-12 classroom. She has taught at Barry University and other Training Centers in the United States and abroad.

Judy earned her 6-9 credential and 9-12 credential at North Carolina Center Montessori Teacher Education Program. Judy completed an AMS and MACTE credential program at the 2.5-6 level and holds (2) AMS credentials at the 6 – 12 level. She is the Methodologist of Montessori Education for Duhovka Montessori Elementary Schools and Director of Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program – Elementary levels.

Program Description

Early Childhood Overview

The Early Childhood Overview course is a compulsory pre-requisite to the Elementary I-II course for participants who do not hold a credential from an internationally recognized Early Childhood (2.5 – 6) course (AMS, AMI, or other MACTE accredited).

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 (32 hrs)
  • Child Development (26 hrs)
  • Math (80 hrs)
  • Geometry and Fractions (52 hrs)
  • Language Arts (105 hrs)
  • Practical Life (32 hrs)
  • Humanities – Art, Music, Drama and Movement (44 hrs)
  • All Sciences are taught through presentations, discussions, charts, timelines, experiments, stories and The Great Lessons. Natural Sciences include Chemistry and Physics, Earth Science, Geography, History, Botany and Zoology (124 hrs)
  • Management for Montessori Teachers (56 hrs)
  • Curriculum Design (24 hrs)
  • FLL – Foreign Language Learning (12 hrs)
  • Practicum Seminar (16 hrs)
  • Independent Study – Yearlong Project (12 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 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 1,080 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 $9900

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

Books and Manuals $1000

We use manuals by Montessori Research and Development

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


  • Introductory Seminar: April 2020
  • Summer 1: June 2020
  • Weekend Seminars every 4 – 6 weeks
  • Summer 2: June 2021
  • Weekend Seminars every 4 – 6 weeks
  • Summer 3: June 2022
  • Final Seminar: TBD
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