AMS Board Amends Decision Related to Professional Development Requirements

AMS Board Amends Decision Related to Professional Development Requirements

For Immediate Release

Contact: Timothy Purnell, EdD, Executive Director
Phone: 212-358-1250 x308

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

August 29, 2012. At a meeting on July 28, 2012, the AMS Board of Directors voted to amend a decision about professional development requirements for teachers, which it had previously approved based on Task Force recommendations. The new decision updates the previous one by including a “grandfather clause” for teachers credentialed by AMS prior to July 1, 2013.

The decision by the AMS Board of Directors now reads as follows:

  • 50 hours of professional development will be required over a period of 5 years to retain an AMS associate or full Montessori 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.”

You can read detailed information about AMS teacher and head of school qualifications and requirements in an announcement released by AMS on June 27, 2011: AMS Board Acts on Task Force Recommendations.

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