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AMS Teacher Credential Program

 

AMS-Affiliated and MACTE-Accredited
Teacher Credential Programme (8th Cohort)

July 2022 - June 2023

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Learning Montessori Pedagogy the Infinity Way

Our Teacher Education Programme (TEP)  prepares adult learners for educating children aged 0 to 6 with Montessori approach. 210 to 360 Academic Hours and 540 Practicum Hours are required. Instruction will be at Infinity Montessori Academy, Hong Kong. Practicum will be at a full Montessori classroom. AMS Credential and HKMRDA Certificate will be granted upon satisfactory completion of the academic phase and the practicum phase. During the pandemic, some lessons will be held online.

  Our TEP is the first American Montessori Society (AMS)-Affiliated and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)-Accredited programme in Hong Kong, a milestone in HK Montessori education. We have achieved the highest standards of AMS and MACTE. We have also further enhanced our curriculum for local situation, in child development concept, observation method, Chinese Language pedagogy and parent education. We offer the best professional skills with comprehensive teacher training courses essential to adult learners to become highly qualified Montessori educators in their career. 

  Since 2006, our school has been actively advocating Montessori philosophy and education in Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China, and have organised seven cohorts of AMS-Affiliated and MACTE-Accredited TEPs. The first three cohorts was cooperated with the Montessori Teacher Education Centre/SFBA, the others have been organised by our school.  We also organised Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association-Affiliated TEP and serves as the practicum site for student-teachers to put theory into practice. We will continue to serve Hong Kong and provide support for the wider Chinese community, improve teacher performance, assist more children and parents to receive excellent Montessori education, and uphold Montessori's philosophy to create a peaceful society of truth, good and beauty.

 

【Special features of our AMS Programme】

1. The first international teacher credential programme in Hong Kong (American Montessori Association AMS-affiliated and Montessori Teacher Education Accreditation Commission MACTE-accredited), a milestone in the development of Montessori education in Hong Kong.

2. Learning Montessori Pedagogy the Infinity Way: Since 2006, we have adopted the Montessori pedagogy as the core, integrating various excellent pedagogies of China and the world, to meet the needs of Chinese people. Our programme emphasises the development of comprehensive observation, analysis and judgment skills. Adult learners familiarise the use of various Montessori materials, and explore the relationship between each material to make an integration from macro and micro perspectives, in order to realise their creative potential. 

3. Integrating Chinese and Western medical knowledge in nurturing of children.

4. Learning about Montessori Parent Education that our school has practiced for nearly 20 years to help parents and families grow with children in a harmonious life.

5. One-stop apprenticeship: Practicum in our school and following the all-inclusive learning and practice with teachers with rich Montessori education experience.

6. Learning Montessori's careful and precise observation method to understand the normality and abnormality of children, and then use the Montessori peaceful and positive parenting methods to guide the children.

7. Learning how to foster auto-education in children to help them realise their potential.

8. Learning the principles of Montessori materials and teaching activities to create new ones.

9. Caring for adult learners' personal professional development, mentors become life-long advisors to students and work together to develop Montessori education.

10. Those who have completed the course with satisfactory performance will be awarded the AMS Teacher Credential and the Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association HKMRDA certificate.

 

Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course (Aged 3-6) 2022-2023

Academic Schedule 360 hours
*The academic schedule is subject to change due to the Pandemic

2022

Montessori Philosophy

Jul 1 , 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18
7 - 10pm

Practical Life

Jul 16, 23, 30, Aug 6
9:00am - 6:00pm

Sensorial

Aug 13, 14, 20, 21
8:30am - 5:30pm

Mathematics

Sep 3, 4, 17, 18
8:30am - 5:30pm

Language Arts

Oct 15, 16, 22, 23
8:30am - 5:30pm

Child Development

Nov

2023

Classroom Leadership + 
Practicum Seminar

Dec

Observation

Jan

Social Studies +
Physical Science +
Practicum Seminar

Feb

Peace Education

Mar

Art + Practicum Seminar

Mar

Music and Movement + Practicum Seminar

Apr

Parent Education + Practicum Semniar

May

Year-long Project + Practicum Semniar

Jun

Practicum: 540 hours
 (3 hours a day, five days a week in a full Montessori classroom) 

Infant and Toddler Teacher Credential Course (Aged 0-3) 2022-2023

Academic Schedule 210 hours
*The academic schedule is subject to change due to the pandemic

2022

Overview of Montessori principles
(Early Childhood)

Jul

Montessori Philosophy

Jul

Pedagogy and Environmental Design 

Aug

Child Development

Nov

2023

Art, Music & Movement

Jan

Observation + Practicum Seminar

Jan

Personal Growth and Development +
Practicum Seminar

Feb

Program Leadership +
Practicum Seminar

Feb

Practicum Seminar

Feb

Program Leadership 

Mar

Practicum Seminar

Mar

Practicum Seminar

Apr

Child, Family, and Community

May

Practicum: 540 hours
 (3 hours a day, five days a week in a full Montessori classroom) 

 

Excellent Faculty

 

Programme Director
Ralph Yau

Founding Chairman of Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association
Established the first and only AMS American Montessori Society Teacher Credential Programme in Hong Kong
Director, Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP
Co-Founding Member of Montessori Asia
AMS Teacher Credential (Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood)
Practice Educare with Chinese medical approach for 20 years
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Instructor
Columnist of am730, Master Insight, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Ohpama and ThinkHK
Contributor of AMS Montessori Life and Montessori Bimonthly
Co-author of books《Infinity Way》《1997, We are all Reporters》
Teaching since 1990

Instructors

Helen DeVere

Jana Morgan Herman

Programme Director, Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Early Childhood )
Former MACTE Comissioner
40 years of Montessori education experience
AMS Teacher Credential (Early Childhood and Lower Elementary)

Programme Director of MACTE-accredited TEP (Early Childhood )
Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant AMS-Affiliated TEP (Early Childhood )
30 years of Montessori education experience
AMS Teacher Credential (Early Childhood )
M.Ed in Montessori Education, St. Catherine University
Certified Positive Discipline Parent Instructor
RIE Certificate

Cindy Weiher

Chang Ting-Chih

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Infant & Toddler)
AMS Teacher Credential (Infant & Toddler)
AMS Teacher Education Action Commission (TEAC) Infant & Toddler Representative
AMS TEP Accreditation Team Member
MACTE TEP Verification Team Member
Over 30 years of Montessori education experience
Presented at AMS Annual Conferences and various conferences

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Infant & Toddler)
AMS Teacher Credential (Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood)
M.Ed, National Taipei University of Nursing and Health Sciences
Lecturer of Minghsin University of Science and Technology
Teacher Trainer of Chinese Montessori Foundation
30 years of Montessori education experience
Author and co-author of books 《甜甜的檸檬酸》《親子玩生活》《小青的一天》《你Q我A》
Contributor of Parenting Magazines

Sister Maria Yu

Lin Mei Yun

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Early Childhood )
Over 40 years of Montessori education experience
AMI Diploma (Early Childhood and Elementary)
Specialist in Montessori Chinese teaching
蒙特梭利教學法國際交流中心首席培訓師
台灣各師範學院研習講師
台灣蒙特梭利教師研習中心講師

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Early Childhood )
Translator of AMI TEP
AMI Diploma (Early Childhood and Elementary)
M.Ed, Loyola College
20 years of Montessori education experience

Horance Wong

Chan Hoi Man

Chief Executive of AMS-Affiliated TEP of Infinity Montessori Academy
Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Early Childhood )
AMS Teacher Credential (Early Childhood)
HKMRDA Credential (Infant & Toddler)
HKMRDA Instructor

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP (Infant & Toddler)
AMS Teacher Credential (Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood)
HKMRDA Credential (Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood)
HKMRDA Instructor

Guest Instructors

Dr. Lam Wai Fan Fanny

Wong Tin Tok Vincent

Tutor, Association for Research in Infant and Child Development, UK
Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor, HKU
MBChB ( CUHK)
MRCP (UK)
DCH (Ireland)
FHKCPaed
FHKAM (Paediatrics)
Specialist in Developmental-Behavioural Paediatrics

Former Conductor of Wong Tai Sin Children’s Choir
Haiziman Piano Competition First Prize
Hong Kong-Asia Piano Competition Third Price
Bachelor of Arts (Music), Hong Kong Baptist University
Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Level 1

Mok Tik Fai Samuel

 

AMS Teacher Credential (Early Childhood )
Master of Arts in Music Education, EdUHK 
Artistic Diploma, Prayner Conservatory of Music and Dramatic Arts, Vienna
Australian National Council of Orff Schulwerk Level 4

 


Minimum Entry Qualifications

Post-secondary Certificate/ Diploma/ Associate or Bachelor Degree (in any discipline)

 

University/ college Credits 

IMA does not have agreement with any university/ college on credits transfer. However, Master's degree from Chaminade University, Honolulu, Hawaii is available with around an additional eighteen (18) units of on-line coursework, and college tuition fee, upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Coursework and AMS teacher credential for those Adult Learners who have a Bachelor degree.

 

Medium of Instruction

Chinese: Infant and Toddler Teacher Credential Course (Aged 0-3)
English: Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course (Aged 3-6)

 

Application Procedure

  1. Please complete and send this application form with the following documents by email to ams.ima.tep@gmail.com
  2. Mission statement, in Chinese or English, at least 1000 words, may include a short story about your childhood, personal philosophy on education, your understandings on Montessori education, reflection on Montessori education, reflection on Hong Kong early childhood education, expectation on yourself, expectation on the course, expectation on your children (if any) or students.
  3. A copy of your post-secondary Certificate/Diploma/Associate or Bachelor Degree.
  4. We will contact you for the first interview. We appreciate if your spouse can take the interview with you.

 

For successful applicants only: documents and fees required

  1. Three letters of recommendation;
  2. Official Transcript of College Degrees (must be evaluated by an outside agency to determine their equivalency to a United States degree.)
  3. Payment fo Tuition Fee

Enquiry: ams.ima.tep@gmail.com

*All terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

**AMS is widely recognised as the leading member advocacy organization, research forum, and resource collaborative for the global community of Montessori educators with members around the world.  MACTE is one of the two Teacher Education Accreditors, and its constituency represents a broad range of educational institutions including AMS.

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  About Us

Infinity Children's World was founded in 2006. We emphasize high quality education programmes for children, parents and teachers. We also actively conduct research and development of pedagogy and materials. 
*The first American Montessori Society (AMS)-Affiliated and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)-Accredited Teacher Credential Programme in Hong Kong.
*Infinity Montessori Academy School Registration No.: 582123A

  Contact Us
  Infinity Children's World
     Infinity Montessori Academy  

8 Somerset Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Tel : (852) 35896366
Mail : infinitycw@gmail.com
Business Hours :
Monday to Friday (except Public Holiday)
8:30am - 5:00pm