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Professional Development

We at the American Montessori Society believe that continuing professional growth is a necessary component of best practice in Montessori teacher development.

Professional Development Requirements

AMS requires that holders of AMS credentials issued on or after July 1, 2013 complete 50 hours of professional development every 5 years for the credential to remain active. If professional development hours are not completed within the 5-year period, the credential will be considered inactive—and, until the requirement is met, will no longer qualify you as an AMS-credentialed educator.

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Local Professional Development Events

Local Events

Check out these listings of events that meet the guidelines for AMS hours of professional development, and are hosted by relevant organizations worldwide.

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    AMS Continuing Professional Development Hours

    Attending AMS-approved events can earn educators AMS hours of continuing professional development—and eventually, an AMS Certificate of Continuing Professional Development.

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      Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program

      The American Montessori Society’s Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is a professional development initiative designed to nurture the next generation of individuals highly qualified to assume leadership positions in our Montessori community.

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