AMI 3-6 Primary Diploma/Credential Satellite Course

Montessori Development Partnerships (MDP) is excited to announce its partnership with the Montessori Training Center Northeast (MTCNE) to bring an AMI 3-6 Primary Diploma/Credential Satellite Course to Cleveland beginning in the summer of 2022. The course trainer is Lhamo Pemba and the in-person classes will be held at the Stonebrook-White Montessori Campus - Primary/Lower Elementary building located at 975 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44108. The course is open to participants from any location.


The program is a 13-month "Two Summer Blended Format" course from July 2022 through August 2023 (pending AMI approval).


Summer 1 (in-person): 6 weeks, July 5-August 12, 2022

3 Blocks between summers (remote): exact dates to be determined

   Block 1: Oct-Nov 2022

   Block 2: Jan-Feb 2023

   Block 3: Apr-May 2023

Summer 2 (in-person): 6 weeks, dates to be determined


In-person classes will run 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. During the remote blocks listed, students will meet on 4 Saturdays synchronously from 9:00 to 11:00 am, and have asynchronous work and assignments. Apart from lectures and supervised practice, students will be expected to complete 90 observation hours (approx. 3 weeks) and 120 practice teaching (approx. 4 weeks).


The individual cost will be $12,500 tuition, $100 application fee, and $500 supplies/books for the 13-month course. AMI membership is included in the tuition. To receive Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) accreditation which is important for public school teachers, additional fees include $150 to MTCNE and $175 to MACTE.




View the recording of an online information session here.

For information about the course and to apply, visit Montessori Training Center Northeast, AMI Diploma Course Information. We recommend starting your application as soon as possible. We anticipate the course will fill up quickly.


For information about financial assistance, visit the Margaret Elizabeth Stephenson (MES) Fund. Once you have applied to and been accepted into the course, MDP will send you a link to apply to a financial assistance program specifically for this course.

Accommodations for out-of-town participants are being arranged at a nearby college for single bedrooms in a 4-person suite with a shared living area, a kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. These newly built accommodations are 2.5 miles from the training location and near University Circle. Cost range is anticipated to be $1,800-$2,100. Details are forthcoming.




June 1, 2022: MCTNE AMI Diploma Course application deadline. If you are also applying for a Bachelor’s Degree, you must apply to the University of Hartford at the same time.


June 3, 2022: MES Financial Assistance deadline. In order to apply, you must have completed your application to MTCNE and been accepted into the program.



Reach out to the following people for questions about:


AMI Primary Diploma Course: Tim Nee, Managing Director, MTCNE, 860-232-1743,


Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree options: Dr. Paige M. Bray, Director, Montessori Studies at the University of Hartford,,


Cleveland Metropolitan School District educators: Jacqueline Miller, Director of Montessori Programming and Operations, CMSD,


Financial Assistance: Martha Loughridge, Director of Philanthropy and Partnerships, MDP,