SRMS currently maintains a full membership with the American Montessori Society (AMS). The school has achieved full status with all our classroom lead teachers holding Montessori credentials in the level(s) they are teaching. The credentials have been issued by an AMS, AMI, NCME, or other Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education(MACTE)accredited program.
Earning a Montessori teaching certificate is a big commitment and requires a great deal of hard work and dedication. To be eligible to earn a full Montessori credential at an American Montessori Society (AMS) -affiliated teacher education program, one must hold a BA or BS degree (or higher). If one has completed high school but does not hold a college degree, she is eligible to earn an associate credential at the Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood levels. There are many different training facilities around the country that prepare teachers for AMS certification and each varies a little. Training is offered in the following categories: Infant and Toddler (birth - 3 years), Early Childhood (2 1/2 - 6 years), Elementary I (6-9 years), Elementary II (9-12 years), and Secondary (12 - 18 years). In general, major curriculum areas are presented during the summer and are followed by a nine-month student teaching practicum. Practicum students work under the supervision of qualified Montessori teachers at cooperating schools and are usually paid a small stipend. Academic work is completed at seminars held on weekends during the practicum along with mandatory competency evaluations. All courses include a strong observation component with assignments to be completed during the summer and the practicum. Because there arent any training facilities near Idaho Falls, teachers must travel to an out of state location to do training. This typically takes 1-3 summers and many weekend trips to and from the training site.
A Word about AMS
Dr. Maria Montessori did not patent any of her materials. Any school can call themselves a Montessori school without any training. It is important to investigate schools before enrolling your child. The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the national organization that certifies teachers, training institutions and schools. Our school is affiliated with this organization. Our teachers are certified through AMS and we are working toward school accreditation as well. Currently, there are no training schools or AMS accredited schools in the state of Idaho.