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:
- 50 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.
important date is July 1, 2013. Those receiving a credential 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.
You can find detailed information about the requirement (guidelines, etc.) on
the Professional Development page of our Web site.
If you have questions, please e-mail Abbie Kelly.
Doris and Abbie
AMS Senior Director of Teacher Education
AMS Director of Teacher Education Services
116 E. 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212.358.1250 F: 212.358.1256
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