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AMS Continuing Professional Development Hours

As lifelong learners, Montessori teachers are continually seeking new opportunities to enrich their practice and keep current with developments in the field. Attending events approved by the American Montessori Society can earn them AMS hours of continuing professional development.(CPDs), which can be used towards the AMS professional development requirement and the AMS Certificate of Continuing Professional Development. Some states and districts also accept AMS CPD hours as qualifying for their professional development requirement. 

Requesting AMS CPD Hours for Your Event

You do not need to have your event pre-approved in order for it to qualify for CPDs; however, pre-approval will be your assurance that your event meets our criteria. To have your event pre-approved, fill out the Request for AMS Continuing Professional Development Hours Form and submit it to Leah Zak, conference manager. If your event is approved, within 5 business days, you will receive a Record of Attendance to distribute to your attendees.

If you would like your event to be listed on our Local Professional Development Events webpage, include the URL for your event webpage on the Request for AMS Continuing Professional Development Hours Form. Alternatively, you can follow the directions on the webpage itself.

AMS Certificate of Continuing Professional Development

You are eligible to receive an AMS Certificate of Continuing Professional Development if you meet all the following requirements:

  • Are a current AMS member
  • Have a minimum of 120 hours of attendance at AMS events or professional development events that meet our criteria
  • Hold a Montessori credential from an AMS-affiliated or other MACTE-accredited teacher education program (or a recognized Montessori credential earned before 1992)
  • Have completed 3 years of teaching in a Montessori classroom after your practicum

To apply for the certificate, send documentation verifying 120 contact hours; a copy of your credential from a teacher education program as specified above; proof of your teaching experience; and your current AMS login ID number to: American Montessori Society, 116 E. 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Attention: Continuing Professional Development.

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