AMI 3-6 diploma course 

We are offering an AMI 3-6 diploma course.

This course will give you in depth knowledge about Montessori principles as well as how to apply them into practice with children from three to six years of age.

This course is suitable for everybody who is interested in children and their development. 

2024-2025 – AMI 3-6 Course

Module 1: 28th January – 28th February 2024 
Module 2: 21st April – 1st May 2024 
Module 3: 16th June – 10th July 2024
Module 4: 3rd November – 3rd December 2024 
Module 5: 9th February – 15th March 2025

Exams: 12-13-14th March 

Graduation: 15th March

During modules 1, 2, 3, and 4:
Lectures on Sunday to Wednesday, 09:00 – 17:00
Free on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
First two weeks of module 1 are online

Enrollment is now open


Who is this course for?

Were you always considering to do an AMI course? Are you interested in Montessori for the 3-6 year old child? This is your chance to join our diploma course! You can join the first two weeks online from the comfort of your own home. The other weeks are onsite to ensure high-quality lectures.

This diploma course is for everybody who is interested in the AMI Montessori approach for children in the age between 3 and 6 years. This course is beneficial for teachers, school management, assistants and actually anyone who is interested in young children and their development.

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The AMI 3-6 diploma course focuses on the developmental needs of children aged 3-6. 

The course offers an in-depth study of Montessori pedagogy, both principles and practice.

The course covers

  • Montessori Philosophy, Psychology, Child Development
  • Practical life
  • Sensorial
  • Language and Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Cultural areas such as art, music, science, botany etc. 
  • Observation 
  • Guided practice with the Montessori materials

Qualification Delivery

At least 400 hours of classroom-based training including lectures, and a minimum of 140 hours of supervised practice with Montessori materials. The estimated study load is 40 hours per week.

Observation and teaching practice 

In addition to the lectures at the training center, students will visit schools for 170 hours of observation and teaching practice. This means approximately 8 weeks in total.

Please note that all school practice will take place outside of the scheduled module times. Dates for observations and practice teaching will be arranged on an individual basis by the training center.

Elina Rautasalo

Our trainer for the AMI 3-6 course is Elina Rautasalo.

Elina Rautasalo is an AMI 3-6 Trainer with over 30 years of experience in the field of education, working with both children and adults in her native Finland and abroad.

Vikki Taylor

Our second trainer for the AMI 3-6 course is Vikki Taylor.

Vikki Taylor is an AMI 3-6 Trainer with over 25 years’ experience in Montessori education. Originally trained at the Maria Montessori Training Organisation (now the Maria Montessori Institute) in London, she has worked extensively with children and adults alike.


The tuition fee is €9800,-  

The tuition fee does include:
– Teaching practice
– Supervised practice sessions
– AMI membership

The tuition fee will not include:
– The Registration fee (€350,-)
– Cost of the AMI Diploma Course examination (€350,)
– Travel and accommodation costs
– Books and materials for your own personal use

Obligatory reading:

By Dr Maria Montessori:

  •  The Secret of Childhood (€18,00)
  • The Discovery of the Child (€18,00)
  • The Absorbent Mind (€18,00)
  • The Formation of Man (€15,00)
  • Education and Peace (€15,00)
  • The Advanced Montessori Method, Vol. 1 (€18,00)
  • 1946 London Lectures (€18,00)
  • Citizen of the World (€15,00)
  • Key Montessori Readings including The Four Planes of Education (AMI Pamphlet) (€5,00)

By Mario M. Montessori, Sr:

  • The Human Tendencies and Montessori Education (AMI Pamphlet) (€7,50)

The recommended source to purchase your books is Montessori Pierson-Publishing. All our students can get discount if they order the books via the IMI

Requirements for AMI certification:

The AMI Diploma is awarded upon statisfactory of the AMI Requirements for Certification, a document that is signed by the Director of Training and the student upon acceptance into the course. 

The AMI Requirements for Certification contains:

  • Minimum of 90% attendance on the course sessions
  • Minimum of 140 hours of supervised practice with the Montessori Materials at the training center
  • Completion of albums and other course work to the required standard
  • Material making
  • Completion of 90 hours of Observation and 80 hours of Teaching Practice 
  • Successful completion of written and oral exams


 The final module of the AMI 3-6 Diploma Course is also known as the exam module. One week of this module is spent on review for the written examinations. During the course mock written examination may be given. Students will have two written exams at the end of the final module (Paper A and Paper B). A minimum grade of 50% is required to pass each paper.

A Minimum of one week in the final module is spent on review for the oral examinations. Mock oral examinations are given to prepare the students. The last week of the course is reserved for oral examinations.

Students deferred for any part of the examinations must retake that part the subsequent year (within 12 months) and may re-sit each examination only once.

Career Opportunities 

Since the AMI diploma (and the AMI courses) are not recognised by the Dutch government, the AMI diploma solely does not allow graduates to work with children in a day-care or school in the Netherlands. However, students that already obtained (for example) a nursery teacher’s diploma or a bachelor of education can use the AMI diploma as a supplement. Some (Montessori) schools in the Netherlands and some (Montessori) schools abroad acknowledge the quality of the AMI diploma’s and prefer teachers who have the AMI diploma in addition to their regular teaching diploma. 

From our experience we know that graduates also find employment working with socially disadvantaged children, family support and children with particular special learning needs. 

Level of the course

Although the course is not recognized by the Dutch government, the estimated level of the course is Higher Vocational Education. 

Exemption policy

It is not possible to be exempted for certain parts of the course.

Who can apply?

We require high motivation, demonstrable study skills and a minimum age of 18 years at the start of the course. Relevant work experience is also taken into account. We assume basic study skills and sufficient mastery of the English language.

Applicants need to agree with our terms and fill out the application form. The application documents need to be send to us by e-mail at least one month before the start of the course.

Application documents

AMI Montessori Diploma course applicants are required to provide the following documents by email to apply:

  • Application form
  • Copy of passport
  • Current resume
  • Certified copies of all academic transcripts
  • Signed reference letter
  • Short motivation letter, written in the applicant’s own words
  • Successful application interview on Zoom

AMI 3-6 online and on-site
Diploma Course

If you are interested or if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.