Practicum
                    Practicum Phase (Internship)

Each program level requires a year-long practicum phase (internship) in a Montessori
classroom appropriate for the program level being taken by the candidate. “The function of
the practicum phase is to provide for the student a supervised teaching and learning
experience and a period of observation, internalization, and further study, to bring together
the theory and practice of Montessori education.”  (AMS Practicum Booklet)

Infant/Toddler

There are three options available and the criteria for selection of a particular model are:

  -The area of specialization (birth-18 months or 18 months-3 years)
  -Extent of previous Montessori teacher education and teaching experience; and
  -Special professional purpose

We will be pleased to help determine an appropriate model for you according to these
criteria.  Students have the possibility of selecting a practicum that will provide them with a
concentrated experience with children from birth to 18 months or 18 months to 3 years; or
with children in institutional settings and services.  A complete list of options is available
upon request.  During the year an area representative of the Center will serve as a
supportive Consulting Teacher and classroom observer of the student.  Our seminars
offer frequent contact with program staff and the opportunity for discussion and feedback
with fellow interns and other Montessorians.  The Center works closely with each student,
the school, Supervising Teacher and consulting Teacher so as to provide a complete and
through educational experience.

During the year an area representative of the Center will serve as a supportive Consulting
Teacher and classroom observer of the student.  Our seminars offer frequent contact with
program staff and the opportunity for discussion and feedback with fellow interns and
other Montessorians throughout the academic year.  The Center works closely with each
student, the school, Supervising Teacher and Consulting Teacher so as to provide a
complete and through educational experience.

Early Childhood

The well defined practicum is a school year of student teaching in a classroom of 3, 4 and
year olds, where the student can experience the healthy growth and development of the
children and the class.  Internship sites are available throughout the United States.  The
student works with guidance of an AMS certified teacher in an approved Montessori
school.  The student negotiates the stipend for the year with the practicum site.  During this
time the student takes an active role as an evolving professional in a half-day class as an
observer, participant and implementer.

During the year an area representative of the Center will serve as a supportive Consulting
Teacher and classroom observer of the student.  Our monthly seminars offer frequent
contact with program staff and the opportunity for discussion and feedback with fellow
interns and other Montessorians throughout the academic year.  The Center works closely
with each student, the school, Supervising Teacher and Consulting Teacher so as to
provide a complete and through educational experience.

Elementary I

The 1080 hours of paid student teaching experience of nine (9) months can take place in
2009 – 2010 in an approved school.  You may choose from a large variety of locations and
schools.  Our students are warmly welcomed because of their level of competence and
the quality of their teacher preparation.

During the year an area representative of the Center will serve as a supportive Consulting
Teacher and classroom observer of the student.  Our seminars offer frequent contact with
program staff and the opportunity for discussion and feedback with fellow interns and
other Montessorians throughout the academic.  The Center works closely with each
student, the school, Supervising Teacher and Consulting Teacher so as to provide a
complete and through educational experience.

Elementary II

There is no practicum (internship) phase required for this level provided the candidate has
successfully completed the Elementary I program.