AMI Orientation Course 6-12


21 April - 6 June 2023


800€ or 1 565 BGN

Course Goals

  • Become able assistants in a Montessori elementary classroom (ages 6-12).
  • Learn in depth the Montessori philosophy regarding child development.
  • Acquire the ability to support the development of the elementary child by mastering the skills of how to interact with children in a elementary classroom and with a trained Montessori educator.
  • Learn from a very experienced AMI Trainers Kayla Morenz and Carla Foster, study alongside colleagues from all over the world, engage in lively discussions, share their experience with others as well as gain new perspective themselves.
  • Receive worldwide recognised international certificate from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI).

Introduction to the course

The program is created and designed for Montessori assistants in 6-12 classes who wish to deepen their knowledge and develop their Elementary practice.

  • A fully online course
  • 60 hours
  • Guidance of AMI trainers Kyla Morenz and Carla Foster
  • Certificate awarded by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
  • International students


Orientation meeting
21 April
Module 1
24 – 27 April
Module 2
1 – 4 May
Module 3
5 – 6 June

Who is the course suitable for?

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

Course Content

  • Introduction to Montessori
  • Introduction to Montessori’s theory of human development
  • The prepared environment for the second plane
  • The plan for the elementary child
  • Freedom and responsibility
  • Interacting with the elementary child

Training Director

Kyla Morenz and Carla Foster

Kyla Morenz is an AMI Elementary Trainer from Toronto, Canada. She has AMI diplomas at both the 3-6 and 6-12 levels. She has taught in 6-9, 9-12, and 6-12 environments in Canada and Morocco. She has lectured on courses in North America and Europe. Kyla is also currently part of the expert team in Bilingual Montessori Erasmus project run by Montessori Institute Prague.

Carla Foster is an AMI Elementary Trainer oroginally from California but has been living in Norway since 1995. Carla has AMI 3-6 and 6-12 diplomas from MMI in London and the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. She has worked with children at levels 3-6, 6-9, and 9-12, working in both private and public Montessori schools. She has been an elementary trainer since 2011.


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, Czech & Hebrew.
  • All course work including written assignments can be done in English, Bulgarian, Czech, Slovak & Hebrew.
  • 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 6-12 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.

To Educate the Human Potential
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

The Formation of Man
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Education and Peace
Selected chapters; Maria Montessori

Other readings
may be recommended

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.

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

Online Registration

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