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Events That Qualify

AMS Events

We enthusiastically encourage you to avail yourself of AMS professional development events, which provide Montessori-specific learning and growth opportunities in a variety of formats to best meet your needs. From in-person events such as conferences and retreats; to webinars and other online learning experiences; and more, we offer thought-provoking and enjoyable PD tailored to meet a comprehensive range of needs and interests.

Other Events

Our view of professional development is wide and we encourage you to take advantage of the many opportunities for relevant learning that are offered by other organizations, schools, and groups, such as those listed on our Local Professional Development Events webpage, as long as they adhere to the guidelines lower down on this page.

Completed hours may be recorded in terms of contact hours, CPDs, continuing education units (CEUs) and/or credit hours:

  • Each hour of professional development will be considered equivalent to 1 CPD hour, unless otherwise noted by the host organization.
  • For coursework completed at an accredited college or university, 1 credit hour will be counted as 15 hours of continuing professional development.
  • CEUs are counted as equivalent to CPDs, unless otherwise defined within an event’s documentation.

Guidelines for Qualifying Events

Events that qualify for the AMS professional development requirement may be face-to-face or online and, and may address any of the topics on the list below. The event host must provide written verification attesting to your participation. Be sure to hold onto it; it is your proof of attendance. Professional development events do not need pre-approval by AMS to count towards the requirement, as long as they adhere to the guidelines below.


The following event topics qualify for the professional development requirement:

  • Montessori education and philosophy/pedagogy
  • Curriculum
  • Classroom management
  • Child development
  • Health, safety, and nutrition (excluding CPR, first aid, medication administration, exercise)
  • Peace education
  • Service learning
  • Professionalism
  • Leadership skills
  • Social/emotional issues
  • Special education and learning differences
  • Education research
  • Public or education policy
  • Technology training that will enhance the teacher’s use of technology with students or refine the teacher’s computer skills in ways that will improve his teaching  

Events that do not qualify: CPR, first aid, or medication administration training; exercise or yoga classes, unless they are related directly to teaching physical education to students; the reading of books, magazines, or journals; travel.

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