"The work of education is divided between the teacher and the environment."

-Dr. Maria Montessori


AMS Early Childhood Program OVERVIEW


The candidate for the AMS Early Childhood Credential holds as a minimum: a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S college/university or its equivalent from a non-U.S. college/university.



AMS grants the AMS Associate Early Childhood Credential when the course graduate does not have a bachelor's degree. Employment requirements vary in different types of schools (e.g. private, public/charter, faith based, publically funded).  In some locations or schools, an Associate Credential may not qualify for full teaching responsibility.  The applicant is responsible for checking specific jurisdictions and schools for particular employment requirements. VCMS and AMS recommend that the candidate obtain their bachelor’s degree in order to improve employment opportunities.



Summer Academic Sessions -- June 2018 to June 2020


Year One Seminar Sessions -- September 2018 to June 2019

Two Day Seminars (October, November, January, February, March, April, May, June)


Year Two Seminar Sessions -- September 2019 to June 2020

1 ½ Day Seminars (September, October, November, January, February, March, April, May)



The internship is a period of observation, internalization and further study that integrates Montessori theory and practice.  The adult learner will work with a supervising teacher in VCMS approved school for two school years following the summer academic session.  The practicum schedule is five days a week for a minimum of four hours per day in a mixed age (2 ½ - 6 years) class of children for the full school years.  The practicum must begin by the end of the first academic summer session unless VCMS grants permission to complete the student teaching in the second school year of the program cycle.  Adult learners who complete the accelerated one year program will meet a minimum of five days a week, four hours a day for the full nine month school year.



The school must be an AMS member school unless an exception is granted by VCMS.  The non-AMS member school must meet AMS standards and meet all local and state licensing requirements.  The school will have a written non-discrimination policy for staff and children.



The adult learner may be employed by the school as an intern/assistant or student teach as a non-paid internship position or be approved for a self-directed internship.


Experienced adult learners who meet the required qualifications may be approved as a self-directed intern when a qualified supervising teacher is not available.  The adult learner will have the maturity and skills necessary to fulfill the program requirements and direct a Montessori class.


VCMS reserves the right to assign additional internship hours to ensure the adult learner is successful as a Montessori teacher.