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Montessori Training

Early Childhood (2.5 - 6 years)

Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program

Our Early Childhood Teacher Education Program prepares the Adult Learner for their role as a Montessori guide in a mixed age classroom (2.5 - 6). The program introduces the fundamentals of Early Childhood Montessori Education in two components:

  • an Academic Phase, with a minimum of 356 academic hours (in class and online)
  • a Practicum Phase, with a minimum of 540 hours, spanning a full academic year

Graduates will earn an Early Childhood credential from the American Montessori Society . 


2016 - 2018 Training Schedule

Summer Session I June 27 - July 15, 2016
Long Weekend Seminars November 7-10, 2016 and April 24-27, 2017
Summer Session II June 26 - July 7, 2017
Final Seminar Spring 2018


Level Director - Dorothy Paul Ed.S.


Dorothy Paul is the Program Director for Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program and Methodologist for Duhovka Preschools in Prague, CZ.  She currently serves on the American Montessori Society Board of Directors, as well as the AMS Global Task Force.

During the 20 years as an Early Childhood classroom teacher she earned both her Master's degree in Elementary Education, and an Education Specialist degree in Early Childhood Education. Dorothy holds AMS Montessori diplomas in 2.5-6 and 6-12.

Dorothy also serves on AMS/MACTE verifying teams around the world, supporting quality standards in Montessori Education. She gives workshops on teacher development, subject areas, school design, curriculum, and creating a new school, in the US and abroad.




Program Description

Academic phase

Class work will include a combination of presentation, theory and hands on experience during supervised lab work. The academic part of the program is complemented with distance learning courses within these areas:

  • Montessori Philosophy and Theory (34 hrs)
  • Child Development and Theory (30 hrs)
  • Observation 8 in class hours + 20 documented (28 hrs)
  • Practical Life l. (41 hrs)
  • Sensorial (41 hrs)
  • Math (37 hrs)
  • Language (37 hrs)
  • Humanities - Art, Music, Drama and Movement (24 hrs)
  • Cultural and Natural Science Topics include Botany, Zoology, Physics and Chemistry, Earth Science, Geography, and History (33 hrs)
  • Management for Montessori Teachers (11 hrs)
  • FLL - Foreign Language Learning (8 hrs)
  • Practicum Seminar and Yearlong Project (32 hrs)

Practicum phase

Practicum experience is crucial for the transformation of a Montessori teacher. Practicum can be done in a classroom with a Supervising Teacher or can be Self Directed. Observations and discussions with our experienced Field Supervisor will give the Interns support as they work toward Practicum completion.

Two major projects are developed during the Practicum.

The Practicum consists of at least 540 hours during a minimum of 1 school year in a classroom fulfilling AMS standards.


Application Fee $ 75 € 60 CZK 1,500 This non-refundable fee covers the costs of the application process and associated paperwork.
Tuition $ 5,900 € 5,440 CZK 130,000

Tuition fee covers:

  • Over 356 hours of Instruction
  • Field Supervisionduring Practicum year
  • Ongoing support
  • AMS and MACTE professional fees
  • Refreshments

The fee is payable in 2 installments.

*Registration is open until April 30, 2017.
* Duhovka Institute reserves the right to cancel or reschedule training programs. In the event of cancellation, application fees paid to Duhovka Institute shall promptly be refunded.


Registration to the 2017-2019 program is closed. 



Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program holds Full Affiliate status for its Early Childhood and Elementary I-II teacher education courses with the American Montessori Society through the year 2020.
Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program holds accredited status for its Early Childhood and Elementary I-II teacher education certification programs from the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE) through the year 2020.
Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program holds accredited status for its Early Childhood and Elementary I-II teacher education certification programs in DVPP program.
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