AMI Orientation Certificate Course 3-6


September 22 - October 29, 2023


Early bird by 24/09/23: 750€, Registration by 22/10/23: 800€, Last minute registration by 03/11/23: 850€

Learning outcomes and key benefits

Students of this course will learn how to support and help the classroom teacher maintain equilibrium within the class, how to observe, when and how to intervene but not interfere. They will gain knowledge of Montessori’s understanding of development of independence and acquire the ability to support the development of the child by assisting the teacher.

All students of the course will have the opportunity to learn from a very experienced AMI Training Directress Elina Rautasalo, study alongside colleagues from all over the world, engage in lively discussions, share their experience with others as well as gain new perspective themselves. All successful course graduates also receive worldwide recognized international certificate from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). 

Introduction to the course

The program is created and designed for Montessori assistants in 3-6 classes who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their Montessori Children’s House practice.

  • A fully online course
  • 60 hours
  • Guidance of AMI trainer Elina Rautasalo
  • Certificate awarded by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • International students


Orientation meeting
September, 22
September 24, October 1, 8, 22 and 29
September 26, October 3, 17 and 24
September 28, October 5, 19 and 26

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Montessori assistants wanting to deepen their knowledge and skills
  • Parents (and other family members)
  • Professionals working with children (teachers, carers, nannies, social workers..)
  • Anyone interested in Montessori (all adults interested in child development or considering a career in Montessori)

Course Content

  • Introduction to Montessori
  • The Role of the Directress
  • The Role of the Assistant
  • Overview of the Planes of Development
  • The Child’s Mind from 0-6 years
  • Order
  • Movement 0-6
  • Language
  • Independence
  • Prepared Environment
  • Freedom and Discipline
  • Observation and its relevance
  • Social Development
  • Music and Art

Training Director

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.

Her Montessori journey began in London at the Maria Montessori Training Organisation, (now the Maria Montessori Institute), in the early 1990s. Elina has been a member of the MMI’s training team for over 20 years. Elina has served as the chair of Montessori Society AMI(UK) and as a council member of Montessori Education UK. She is an AMI examiner and lectures both in the UK and internationally.

In addition to London, Elina has directed AMI’s 3-6 courses in South-East Asia as well as in Prague. At present, Elina is Director of Training at Montessori Institute Prague.


Online format

Live sessions on Zoom
in form of LECTURES with occasional discussions and work in small groups. Taking notes is highly recommended.

Schoology platform
is used for all communication assignment submission. It is very user-friendly and helps us stay structured.

Technical support
is available before, during and after the course.

Course language
  • The whole course is given in English.
  • It is also being simultaneously interpreted into Bulgarian if there are minimum 6 participants from Bulgaria.
  • All course work including written assignments can be done in English and  Bulgarian language.
  • It is a prerequisite to have at least a B2 level (verbal and written) command of one of the languages.

AMI Certificate

What is AMI certification?

Association Montessori International (AMI) is a worldwide leading authority on Montessori education. Maria Montessori founded the association herself to further her work and AMI certified courses are hence known for their high quality and integrity with Montessori’s work. They are respected and acknowledged worldwide and some schools accept teachers only with AMI certified education. Institute Montessori Bulgaria is the only organisation which offers AMI certified training in Bulgaria.

What certificate will I receive?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements for certification will earn the worldwide recognised AMI 3-6 Orientation Course Certificate.

Requirements for certification

Three essays
Submission of three papers (500 words) on topics set by the Trainer.

9 hours of observation to be done within 12 weeks after the course ends.

Reports and Notes
Submission of observation notes and observation report.

Minimum of 90% live attendance.

Overall satisfactory participation in the course
As evaluated by the Course Director.

You have 12 weeks to submit all the assignments.
If students do not finish their requirements for certification on time before the course finishes, they have 12 weeks to submit their missing work.

Recommended literature

Students are recommended to read the following literature. The access to it can be purchased during registration.

Absorbent Mind
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Child in the Family
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Education for a New World
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

The Secret of Childhood
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Individual members and subscribed organisations of Montessori Society Bulgaria receive a 5% discount on the fee for participating in the course. See more about MSB Membership and Subscription opportunities.

For registration and contact:

If you would like to register in the upcoming AMI course or have any other questions, please contact us!

Online registration: here


phone: +359 878 832 823

The course will be conducted in English with simultaneous translation in Bulgarian language if there are minimum 6 participants from Bulgaria.

The course is run by Association Montessori Internationalе (AMI) and is co-hosted by Montessori Institute Prague and Montessori Society Bulgaria.

Online Registration

Online Registration Form

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