AMS Board Updates Decision on Professional Development Requirements for Teachers

AMS Board Updates Decision on Professional Development Requirements for Teachers

For Immediate Release

Contact: Abbie Kelly, Director of Teacher Education, Affiliation, & Services
Phone: 212-358-1250 x315

American Montessori Society
116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163

October 17, 2012. At meetings in July and October 2012, the AMS Board of Directors voted to amend its 2011 decision concerning professional development requirements for teachers. The amended decision includes a “grandfather clause” for teachers credentialed by AMS prior to July 1, 2013. The amended decision also specifies that the professional development hours are required to retain active AMS teacher credentials.

The decision by the AMS Board of Directors now reads:

  • Fifty hours of professional development will be required over a period of 5 years to retain an active AMS associate or full Montessori teacher credential at all age levels.
  • If professional development hours are not completed within the 5-year period, the teacher’s credential will be considered inactive until the requirement is met.
  • Equity access to professional development for international teacher members will be considered.
  • Teachers who hold AMS credentials issued prior to the implementation date of July 1, 2013 will be “grandfathered.”
  • While those with AMS teacher credentials issued prior to July 1, 2013 are now grandfathered, AMS encourages those holders to continue their ongoing professional development. AMS believes continuing professional growth is a necessary component of best practice in Montessori teacher development.

The important date is July 1, 2013. Those receiving a credential on July 1, 2013 or later will need to document 50 hours of professional development every 5 years. The first 5-year period begins with the date of credential. Failure to complete the required number of hours in the prescribed 5-year period will result in a credential with inactive status.

Criteria and examples of what qualifies for professional development will be posted to the Teacher Resources section of our Web site in the coming weeks.

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