Welcome to the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies
The Institute was founded in 1980 to address the extreme shortage of certified Montessori teachers, and to share the unique insights of two of Dr. Montessori’s closest collaborators, Dr. Claude Claremont and his wife, Francesca. Today, we offer Montessori teacher education programs leading to American Montessori Society (AMS) teacher certification at the following levels:
- Infant and Toddler Montessori Education (ages birth – 3)
- Early Childhood Montessori Education (ages 2.5 – 6)
- Elementary Montessori Education
- Elementary I (ages 6-9)
- Elementary I-II (ages 6 – 12)
The Institute is a center of innovative curriculum development. We are committed to an exceptionally high level of intellectual excellence in Montessori teacher education. We encourage students to explore new dimensions in Montessori education.
Through a partnership with Trinity Washington University in Washington, DC, Institute graduates may be granted academic credit in Trinity's Master of Arts in Teaching Program. By paying a nominal additional credit hour fee, adult learners admitted to Trinity's program may receive up to fifteen credit hours of graduate credits.
If teaching in a Montessori classroom is in your future, I encourage you to join us for your training. It is an inspiring way to spend your summer!
Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies
Accreditation and Affiliation
A Board of Trustees governs the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies, which is affiliated by the American Montessori Society (AMS), accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education Commission (MACTE), and approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission.
I came to the Institute as a student for the Elementary training (6-12) after 17 years of teaching in a 3-6 environment. The Institute helped rekindle creativity in me: in making new and wonderful materials, in meeting each challenge in the classroom with fresh ideas. The support given by all staff members makes the Institute a warm and secure place for students to grow and develop.
I love the way the instructors are so passionate and energetic about what they are teaching. They have all made a wonderful effort to present the materials and lessons in a hands-on and realistic way. I have gotten such wonderful ideas and extensions thanks to these teachers.
--Institute graduate, Class of 2003
Meeting so many other creative and helpful Montessori teachers has been a positive and valuable aspect of my training at the Institute. My classmates were very supportive and helpful of each other. The internship was also the most valuable – everything came together here, and as Dr. Montessori noted, hands-on experience is the way to go!
--Institute graduate, Class 2002
I was extremely impressed with the program – the quality of instructors, the content of the classes, the community spirit. I learned a lot this summer and am very pleased with the program as a whole.
--Member of the EC Class of 2003
I began my experiences with Montessori at IAMS in 1995. I have noticed that all the many facets have just gotten better. The program is constantly evolving. The trainers are all very knowledgeable about their subjects as well as very engaging with us, the students.
--IAMS graduate, Class of 1995; member of IAMS ELI Class of 2003
After completing three training levels the Institute offers, I feel I am exceptionally prepared to teach a variety of children. As a Lower Elementary Teacher, I know where the children have come from and how to take them to their challenge level. I am not fortunate to be a part of the administrative team and a teacher trainer at the Institute. The environment is warm, supportive and friendly. Each day brings a deeper understanding of the Montessori philosophy. The enriching environment provides students and teachers with up to date teaching methods and helpful classroom management techniques. It is truly a Montessori model where everyone learns from each other in their community.
--IAMS graduate of EC, ELI, & ELII; Instructor; former Intern Coordinator
I don’t know if other training programs across the nation are this great. The care, attention, warmth, understanding smiles, etc., from the staff here has yet again increased my family pool. Thank you to everyone for your patience and guidance.
--EC graduate, Class 2009