STUDENTS: College graduates, qualified
elementary school teachers, and students with a diploma
from an A.M.I. Children's House course, have priority
of admission. In order to apply, a student must reach
the age of 18 years by the first day of the course. The Course Director reserves the right of admission.
Please forward the following documents:
1. Birth Certificate
2. Official transcripts or records from the applicant's
high school, college, and graduate school (with a notarized
translation into English, if requested).
3. Photocopy of diplomas or certificates obtained from
previous Montessori Courses.
These documents are not returnable.
It must be emphasised that students from all countries
other than those of the European Union need a student
visa and should apply for this to the Italian Consulate
for their area of residence, on the basis of the official
letter of acceptance from the Centre. If, for whatever
reason, a student comes without the required student visa
or without other required papers, the Centre cannot
accept any responsibility for the length of that student's
sojourn in Italy.
Any persons wishing to acquaint themselves with Dr. Montessori's
work may be admitted as auditors. The same non-returnable
documents are required. Auditors are subject to payment
of all fees. A certificate of attendance (specifying the
percentage of attendance for a) Lectures; b) Observation
in Montessori Classes; c) Seminars/Meetings; and d) Practice
with the Montessori material) will be issued at the end
of the Course. This certificate,
however, does not entitle the holder to conduct classes
with the Montessori Method. The Course
Director reserves the right of admission.
study of the following books by Dr. Maria Montessori is
obligatory (and reading them prior to arrival is recommended):
1) The Advanced Montessori Method, Volume 1 (Spontaneous
Activity in Education) and Volume 2 (The Montessori Elementary
2) To Educate the Human Potential
3) From Childhood to Adolescence
4) Education and Peace
5) The Child, Society and the World (unpublished speeches
6) The Absorbent Mind
7) The Formation of Man
* Human Tendencies and Montessori Education by Mario M.
Montessori Sr. (pamphlet in the English language only
and available in Bergamo).
All other books by Dr. Maria Montessori are also recommended:
1) What You Should Know about Your Child
2) The Secret of Childhood
3) The Discovery of the Child
4) The Child in the Family
5) Education for a New World
Creative Development in the Child (2 volumes)
* Education for Human Development: Understanding Montessori
by Mario Montessori Jr.
Please note that, in Italy, it is difficult to find Montessori
books in any language other than Italian. Therefore students
should bring their books with them to Bergamo.
- Students are advised to bring a dictionary that gives
etymologies. It is also recommended that textbooks be
brought as a source of reference for each subject. A careful
reading of the Course Programme given in this site should
point out why these textbook-references are important.
- To derive the fullest benefit from the Elementary School
Course, it is desirable that the prospective students
have an idea of the Montessori Method at the level of
Also, we believe that the Advanced Course must be offered,
not only to those who desire to teach at the Elementary
level, but also to those who wish to continue teaching
at the Children's House level. Knowledge of the psychology
of the older child, together with an understanding of
the educational approach appropriate to that age, will
give the teacher of the Children's House a new consciousness
of the importance of his role in the future develpment
of the child.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS:
In general, financial assistance can be obtained through
Montessori schools which sponsor students as future teachers
for their school. Also prospective students could try
contacting any of the various foundations or government
organizations which grant scholarships for cultural purposes,
for example a Ministry of Education or of Foreign Affairs.