be fully prepared for a life-changing career as a primary montessori teacher!

Great Work, Inc. is offering Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Primary level teacher training. AMI, the organization Dr. Montessori created in 1929, ensures that their teacher training is the gold standard for study in the Montessori Method for the education of children. The training is delivered by an AMI teacher trainer who has undergone years of extensive study and research approved by the organization as well as had many years of experience with children in the level that they train. This ensures that the most qualified practitioners are offering consistency and sound pedagogical instruction to adults.

About Primary Training | Training Schedule, Criteria & Diploma Information | Application Process | Tuition Information




The child comes to this world with roughly 100 billion neurons in their brain. Through their sensory organs, they take in sensorial information from the environment around them and form sensorial impressions. Our work as adults is to aid the process of development of the child. The best way to support a developing human being is to provide them with a Prepared Environment where they can explore freely once orientated and presentations are given. Dr. Maria Montessori called this environment Casa dei Bambini (Children’s House). The child around the age of three have already created the foundations of their personality and they are ready to develop and perfect their abilities. Real-life activities are what the child needs because they support independence and self efficiency. The four areas including exercises of practical life, sensorial, language and math provide the child with actual materials for their manipulation. As a result, the child achieves refinement of movement, sensory perceptions, language and the development of their intellect. When the child is using the materials, we observe how the child follows their interest, develops their capacity for concentration, and engage in social interactions at their own pace.

In the Primary training course, the materials and activities are introduced. The materials are scientifically designed and experimented with all over the world. Only the essential elements of the culture are included in the prepared environment. Fundamental concepts will be introduced to lay a foundation following Dr. Maria Montessori’s path. A large number of hours are devoted to supervised practice of the presentations to ensure familiarity with the developmental apparatuses.

Great Work, Inc is also committed to providing ongoing professional support after graduation by offering graduates and the Montessori community on-site visits, webinars, workshops, and adapted professional developments that fit your community needs.

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  • September 9th, 2019 - May 24th, 2020 (9 Months)

  • Monday - Friday 4:00 PM - 8:30 PM


Criteria for a primary training candidate:

  • Academic skills for success in a comprehensive and course of study

  • Clear oral and written communication

  • Capacities for organization, time management and attention to detail

  • Ability to collaborate with other trainees within the community, its students and cooperating Montessori schools

  • Commitment to alternative education

  • The desire to support human development in positive and life-affirming directions

  • Adaptability, ability to manage time, organized, collaboration, clear written communication

  • Basic technology skills (If needed, support will be provided from Training administrative staff)



An AMI Diploma is granted upon satisfactory completion of the course requirements:

  • At least 90% of attendance at lectures

  • Supervised practice (140 hours) - built into daily schedule

  • Observation (90 hours) in assigned AMI Montessori environment

  • Practice teaching (120 hours) in assigned AMI  Montessori environment

  • Satisfactory completion of albums containing illustrated notes on Montessori materials

  • Satisfactory preparation of classroom materials

  • Passing marks on written examinations

  • Passing marks on oral examinations conducted by examiners of the Association Montessori Internationale.



Application and Admissions Process:

Deadline for Applications - Early August

The Candidate for Admission Must Submit the Following Documents:

  • Completed Application Form

  • Resume

  • Personal Essay

  • Transcript(s)

  • Three letters of reference – letters of reference must be written within three years of application date. Letters should include 2 professional references and one academic

    Upon review of application, a follow-up meeting with the Trainer will be scheduled

Once admitted into the Primary course:

  • Proof of a TB test (form will be provided)

  • Basic medical information will be needed to complete full registration (form will be provided)

  • One (1) recent, passport-sized photograph sent to Great Work, Inc. (a cell phone photo is sufficient)




A 4-tier Pricing Program to Make AMI Training Affordable to as Many Individuals and Schools as Possible

We realize that applicants have different abilities to pay, so we have instituted a 4-tier pricing program to make Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) training affordable to as many individuals and schools as possible. We ask that you look at the rate descriptions below, assess your financial situation, and make a determination about which rate you are able and willing to pay.

We believe in this training, the pathways it opens, and in the way it strengthens schools and our community and we want to remove as many barriers as we can.

The choice is entirely yours and in NO WAY influences, nor is included in, the admission process or experiences during the training itself.

For Heads of School, Principals, Board members, our hope is with these tiered rate options, the full tuition dollars that you would have invested sending a candidate to training will be reinvested in workshops, webinars, coaching, consulting, training assistants, and donations to the Montessori training so we all can further our positive impact with children, along with continuing to strengthen our Montessori community.

***Please note that Rates A, B & C are only available for applicants who have resided in Colorado full time for at least a year and intend to apply this training to working in a Colorado classroom.

  • Rate A - $1,500

This is rate is subsidized by donations and other GWI operations to bring the cost of the Training down as much as possible. We believe no one should miss out on this opportunity due to an inability to pay.

*Additional financial aid and payment plans may also be available if this rate still puts this Primary Training out of financial reach for you and/or your organization. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Rate B - $3,000

This rate covers a portion of the direct costs of the Training, though is subsidized by donations, workshops, coaching, and support from Great Work, Inc. operations . It does not cover any organization or administrative overhead or expenses.

  • Rate C - $5,000

This rate covers the true cost of the Training, including staffing, materials, printing, marketing, rent and basic utilities along with relevant organization overhead.

  • Rate D - $10,000

This is the true market rate for the Primary Training and covers all organization expenses as well as sustaining revenue for Organization reserves, future capital improvements and material depreciation. Rate D is required for all applicants who do not meet Residency requirements.


The fundamental quality is the capacity for “observation”; a quality so important that the positive sciences were also called “sciences of observation,” a term which was changed into “experimental sciences” for those in which observation is combined with experiment.
— Advanced Montessori Method Vol1, Dr. Maria Montessori