Orientation to 3 – 6 Certificate Course

Montessori Primary Teacher Training

We are excited to share information about our future two-week long course that we hope to present in 2021.

The course is open to parents, grandparents, teachers, psychologists and anyone who is interested in understanding the child. Join us to learn more about the characteristics of the child in the age group of 3-6 years. After successfully completing the course, students will receive a certificate from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), The Netherlands. The certificate holder will then be qualified to assist in a Primary 3-6 Montessori Classroom.

Course Dates:

To be confirmed for 2021, depending on COVID-19 situation

Requirements for Certification:

In order to receive the AMI Assistants Certificate, the applicant should:

  • submit all of the assignments
  • have 90% attendance
  • complete 9 hours of observation

Course Fees:

  • South African and all other African country residents: R10 000
  • International Students: R15 000

Course Content:

The Assistants Course brings together many fundamental aspects of Dr. Montessori’s philosophy leading to an understanding of the child’s capacities and powers.

Theory Lectures:

  • stages of child development
  • the child’s mind
  • development of language, movement and independence
  • social development
  • preparation of the environment
  • role of the adult in a child’s life
  • observation
  • order
  • freedom and discipline
  • music
  • art
Participants will need to submit three pieces of written work at regular intervals during the course, based on the content during the lectures and presentations on the course. All assignments must be completed in order to receive the certificate. Original work must be submitted; any form of plagiarism will mean disqualification from the course.
Nine hours of observation will help give perspective to the understanding gained from the lectures.


For more information, please view the course brochure here
To apply, please complete the application form.

Pavithra Rajagopalan: Facilitator

Pavithra Rajagopalan has worked with children for the last 19 years in formal, non-formal and informal settings. She is an AMI Primary Auxiliary Trainer. After gaining her AMI primary diploma In 2005, she worked in Montessori schools in India, the US and New Zealand. She has also worked to understand other systems and schools of thought in relation to child development. As part of her Training of Trainers, she trained under Ms Zarin Malva in Bombay. She also participated in the Asian Seminars. Pavithra is faculty at the Sir Ratan Tata Institute and helps on the courses in Bombay and Chandigarh in India.

6 – 12 Diploma Course

Montessori Elementary Teacher Training

The Indaba Institute is proudly offering South Africa’s first Association Montessori Internationale 6-12 course!

The course covers in depth Montessori Philosophy, Psychology (theory and practice), Cosmic Education, which views the study of the whole universe as an interrelated entity. Cosmic Education includes mathematics, sciences, language, history, music and art. Also included is the development of the skill of scientific observation.

Course Dates

Module 1 : (Foundation Course) 25 Feb – 05 April 2019

Module 2 : 24 June 2019 – 02 August 2019

Module 3 : 06 January 2020 – 21 February 2020

Module 4 : 08 March 2021 – 16 April 2021

Module 5 : 31 May 2021 – 18 June 2021

Entry Requirements:

  • South African students: NQF 5 or equivalent
  • International students: A-Level or equivalent
  • A successful interview with the Director of Training
  • A good command of the English language

Course Fees:

  • South African and all other African country residents: R45 000 (tuition only)
  • International Students: $9000 (tuition only)
  • A payment plan is available

*A limited number of sponsorship positions will be available for students residing in the Winelands.

Carol Hicks: Director of Training

Carol Hicks is an AMI Teacher Trainer at the elementary level, an AMI Elementary School Consultant and Examiner, a member of the AMI Scientific Pedagogical Group and is a past chair of the AMI Elementary Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with a minor in Elementary Education from Marquette University. She holds both Primary and Elementary AMI Diplomas. Carol brings a wealth of practical experiences to her work. She has eighteen years of teaching experience at the elementary level in both public and private Montessori schools and served eight years as a Montessori program coordinator in the Milwaukee Public Schools. She worked as a trainer at the Montessori Institute of Milwaukee. She has also given courses in Toronto and at WMI and lectured on a course in Thailand.

Nomvelo Lupuzi: Course and Student Manager

Nomvelo was born in a village of the Eastern Cape in a small town called King William’s Town with her 5 siblings, with her being the 4th child. She attended primary school and matriculated from Toise Senior Secondary School in 1997. She completed her National Diploma in Management Assistant at Benoni Technical College in East Rand. Nomvelo worked in different corporate companies in the Cape Winelands in Stellenbosch and joined the Indaba Montessori Institute as Office Manager in September 2017. She thoroughly appreciates the process of learning Montessori philosophy. Her last born was introduced to the wonderful world of Montessori at the Lynedoch Children’s House where she is enrolled from the beginning of 2018.

3 – 6 Years Course

Association Montessori Internationale Primary 3-6 Diploma

The Indaba Institute is proudly offering South Africa’s first Association Montessori Internationale Primary 3-6 Diploma, commencing on 9 September 2019.

The course will cover topics on Montessori Theory, Language, Mathematics, Visual Arts and Music. In addition, the course will include observation skills development through activities and videos, analysis of teaching practices, practice sessions, material making and reading and discussion of Montessori theory.


Module 1: 09 September 2019 – 18 October 2019

Module 2: 24 February 2020 – 03 April 2020 (Closed on 17 March due to coronavirus)

Module 3: 07 September 2020 – 23 October 2020

Module 4: 11 January 2021 – 26 February 2021



  • South African students: NQF 4 or equivalent.
  • International Students: A-Level certification or equivalent.
  • A good command of the English Language Special admissions, for those without certification as outlined above, may be allowed at the discretion of the Course Director/s.


  • South African citizens and African Continent passport holders: R45 000 (tuition only)
  • International students $9000 (tuition only)
  • A limited number of Cape Winelands sponsorships are available for students. Terms and conditions apply.Association Montessori Internationale Primary 3-6 Diploma

Nia Seale: Director of Training

M. Nia Seale is an AMI Primary Trainer. She earned an AMI Primary diploma in 1998 and holds a B.S. in Educational Studies. She worked for 15 years in Montessori schools as an assistant, teacher and in administration. Nia is a National Examiner for AMI and serves as the Board Chair for The Middleburg Montessori School in Middleburg, Virginia. Nia has conducted workshops for parents, classroom assistants and Montessori teachers in the Washington Metropolitan area and has most recently offered training courses for Primary Assistants in Nigeria and The Gambia.

BethAnn Slater: Director of Training

BethAnn Slater has been the Head of School and the Primary Directress at Middleburg Montessori in Virginia, USA since 2003. BethAnn earned her AMI International diploma at the primary level in Cleveland, OH, a B.S. in Family and Child Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and an M.Ed in Montessori education from Loyola University, Maryland. BethAnn has taught in both the Montessori Primary classroom as well as the private sector. She is an AMI Primary Trainer and has conducted workshops for training assistants in the classroom, fostering play in students, and monthly parent discussion groups.