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Montessori Training Norway

Early Childhood (2.5-6 years) - Hamar, Norway


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 361 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. 


June 27, 2022 enrollment

We are currently accepting new Adult Learners. Please contact us for more information at [javascript protected email].


Program Description

Academic phase

The academic phase comprises of 361 hours. 

Class work will include a combination of presentation, theory and hands on experience during supervised lab work and is complemented with distance learning courses. The academic part of the program is taught 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 (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 EUR 60 NOK 600 This non-refundable fee covers the costs of the application process and associated paperwork.
Tuition EUR 5,900 NOK 59,000

Tuition fee covers:

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

The fee is payable in 2 installments.

* 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.


Level Director - Jennifer Varbanov


Having served as an Early Childhood Instructor for the past 3 years, Jennifer is the current Early Childhood Level Director for all DMTEP locations.  

Jennifer Varbanov began her career as a cofounder of Bodhi Tree Montessori school in 1999. She earned her Early Childhood credential from Northeast Montessori Institute. Jennifer graduated from Plymouth State University with a BA in Art History. She pursued her Masters in Education with a focus on Montessori education, while working as the Early Childhood Director and teaching art in the elementary I and II classrooms at BTMS. During her Montessori education she developed a passion for Peace education.

Jennifer moved to Norway in 2005, where she currently works as the Academic Director at Bambini Montessori Barnehage. She has concurrently worked as a consultant for Early Childhood programs, creating workshops in Montessori theory and practice. In 2013 Jennifer earned a diploma as an Instructor in Training Curriculum for Teaching Establishments from Hedmark University College. She works actively with Interns and Teachers in practice within the Montessori environment. She has developed and presented Parent Education seminars and works to spread Peace education through the integration of concrete peace initiatives.

In 2015, Jennifer completed the Montessori Model United Nations teacher training at The Opera Nazionale Headquarters in Rome. Jennifer has held the position of Vice Chairman of the Norwegian Montessori Association, since her nomination in 2013.



Application process

Thanks to the significant interest in our training programs, Duhovka Montessori is pleased to confirm the training dates listed above. To make sure you secure your registration contact us as soon as possible.

To begin the application process please contact us at the email address provided. This will initiate your registration.

We look forward to getting to know more about you and will guide you through the process outlined below. Your application will be assessed based on the criteria below. You will be notified of your acceptance to the program by email.

You are welcome to contact us with questions or requests for more information.


  1. Contact us on [javascript protected email]. You will receive the Application package containing an application and the Adult Learner Handbook

  2. We will contact you for a short interview on your motivation to join and accomplish the training. The interview can be done in person, via Skype or by email exchange.

  3. Submit the registration fee and the following documents:

    1. Signed application

    2. Motivation letter

    3. Current resume

    4. Scan of your university transcript

  4. You will be informed of your acceptance once you have satisfied the admission criteria


Admission criteria

  1. A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree*

  2. Demonstrate a minimum English level of B2 as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

  3. Your motivation for applying to the training program in your motivation letter and interview

  4. Upon satisfying the admission criteria the applicants will be accepted based on a first-come-first-served basis


* For the Early Childhood course level only: Graduates who have earned a secondary level (high school) diploma, a GED, or the international equivalent thereof, but have not earned a bachelor’s degree are awarded an Associate credential for that level.

Teachers with an Associate Early Childhood credential are eligible for upgrade to an AMS Early Childhood credential upon completing the bachelor’s degree requirement.

Training Schedule 2021-2023

Summer Session 1                June 21 - July 3, 2021
Seminar 1 October 8-11, 2021
Seminar 2 November 19-20, 2021
Seminar 3 March 4-6, 2022
Summer Session 2 June 27 - July 8, 2022
Seminar 4 September 30 - October 2, 2022
Seminar 5 November 11-13, 2022
Seminar 6 March 3-5, 2023
Final Seminar June 29-30, 2023

Adult Learner's experience

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Duhovka Montessori Teacher Education Program is affiliated by American Montessori Society and accredited by MACTE

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.
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