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Montessori Training

Early Childhood (2.5 - 6 years) Prague, CZ

About the 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 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. 


July 4, 2022 enrollment

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


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.


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 € 60 This non-refundable fee covers the costs of the application process and the associated paperwork.
Tuition € 5,440

Tuition fee covers:

  • Over 360 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.

Prices apply to the 2021-2023 cohort. 


2021- 2023 Training Schedule

Summer Session I July 5-16, 2021

October 23-25, 2021

January 22-23, 2022 (online)

April 1-3, 2022

Summer Session II July 4-15, 2022

Fall 2022 (online)

Winter 2022/23

Spring 2023 (online)

Final Seminar July 6-7, 2023 - project presentations



Adult Learner's Experience

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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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