AMS Individual Membership

Members of the American Montessori Society are part of a welcoming international community of schools, teachers, teacher educators, families, and others committed to making Montessori a strong and positive force in education. 

There are 2 levels of individual membership: Basic Membership and MembershipPLUS.

As part of the process of joining AMS, all members—both Basic and PLUS—are required to attest that they will comply with our Ethics Pledge.

American Montessori Society Ethics Pledge

As a member of the American Montessori Society, I pledge to conduct myself professionally and personally in ways that reflect my respect for myself, my peers, and the children whom I serve and with whom I come in contact, across all identifiers. I will do whatever is within my talent and capacity to respect the right of each child to have the freedom and opportunity to develop their full potential and to experience their intrinsic dignity. 

—Excerpted and adapted from the AMS Code of Ethics, with which all member schools and affiliated teacher education programs must agree to comply.

Membership Benefits

All AMS members—both Basic and PLUS—enjoy a rich array of resources that serve as a gateway to ongoing professional growth and development.

Professional Development



CPD vouchers that may be applied to any AMS online class, webinar, or bundle.* (log in to access)*



Free, unlimited access to a vast selection of AMS webinars†

The Montessori Event: March 12 – 15, 2020 in Dallas, TX



— Discount on registration for The Montessori Event

$100 off

$125 off

— Early access to Event registration & early notification of hotel registration details

— The Montessori Event welcome gift


— Invitation to a happening at The Montessori Event


Discounts on registration for other live events






A subscription to our quarterly magazine, Montessori Life


Digital and Print

Quarterly research e-digest

Twice-annual Montessori jobs e-digest

2 free AMS benchmarking survey reports (including Compensation & Benefits)

Monthly member newsletter, the AMS Prism

Enhanced digital edition of The Journal of Montessori Research


Savings & Discounts



Shop AMS (including special “Maria Montessori 150th birthday” merchandise!)



Discounted purchases from Neinhuis Montessori USA



Access to more than a dozen specially designed insurance plans including professional liability insurance, individual and group health, plans, term life insurance, home coverage, and GEICO auto insurance§

Savings on top brands, attractions, and more. Link and promo code available upon member login.

Community Connections



Access to AMS Connect, an online platform with themed groups for liaising with the larger Montessori community: ask questions, share ideas, etc.

An opportunity to start and join AMS Affinity Groups.

Voting privileges in the annual AMS Board of Directors election

Invitations to members-only events

* Certificates of PD will be available to download. Cannot be applied to The Montessori Event Virtual Pass. Non-transferrable and must be used by June 30, 2020.

† Accessible 24/7. Does not include CPD hours.

‡ As a special bonus, this year we’ll be sending all Basic Members in the U.S. print editions of the fall and winter issues. For an additional $3, we include print editions of the spring and summer issues. Choose the $92 Basic Membership when you join, rather than $89 Basic Membership.

§ Not available in MA or NJ.

Lending Support

In addition to the benefits listed above, AMS membership supports a host of other initiatives and resources that further connect the Montessori community and support the Montessori Movement, including:

  • AMS governance, through your participation in annual elections of the Board of Directors.
  • Montessori research and research platforms, including the Journal of Montessori Research a Montessori Research e-Digest, research grants, and the dissemination of research results.
  • Our Montessori public awareness campaigns.
  • The production of videos you can embed on your own website (no permission is needed).
  • Benchmarking of critical school data.
  • The development of high-quality professional development experiences and events.
  • The training of Montessori teachers and administrators via our affiliated teacher education programs.
  • The public policy force of a strong international advocacy organization.
  • Representation at the United Nations, Council for American Private Education (CAPE), National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), and other coalitions that advocate for children and education.
  • Our humanitarian aid and peace and social justice initiatives, which benefit communities in-need, worldwide.

Would you like to be part of the AMS community?

Membership Dues

The AMS membership year runs from July 1 – June 30. All dues are nonrefundable. 

In the United States

Annual dues for individual members with U.S. addresses are:

  • $89 for a Basic Membership that includes a subscription to the digital edition of Montessori Life
  • $92 for a Basic Membership that includes both the print and digital editions of Montessori Life
  • $149 for MembershipPLUS, which includes both the print and digital editions of Montessori Life 

Outside the United States

Annual dues for individual members with addresses outside the U.S. are:

  • $89 for a Basic Membership that includes a subscription to the digital edition of Montessori Life
  • $149 for MembershipPLUS, which includes both the print and digital editions of Montessori Life

Do you have questions about AMS member benefits?