Montessori Practitioner’s Certification Course

What can I do after completing this course?

  • This in-depth course enables you to implement roles and activities and create a prepared environment for older adults using Montessori principles. You can serve as a role model and leader in your community and help to establish Montessori programming. You will not be qualified to serve as a trainer.

How long does it take to complete the requirements?

  • It will take a minimum of 60-80 hours over six months to complete all the requirements.
  • The course involves reading 4 books that you must purchase, completing case studies, writing a short paper and successfully completing a test.

What qualifications do I need to pursue the Certificates?


  • When you successfully complete this in-depth study, you are eligible to earn two certificates: A Practitioner Certificate in Montessori for Aging and Dementia from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and a Montessori Elder Care Practitioner from Brush Development.
  • To be eligible for Certification, you must have completed the Brush Development two-day workshop in person or the 12-week online class within one year of enrollment in the 6 month Certification class.
  • You have six months to complete the requirements after you enroll.
  • Anyone in any country who meets the requirements can apply.

How do I enroll?

  • Complete the two-day workshop with Brush Development.
  • Pay though our shopping cart.
  • Upon receipt of your registration, you log in access to our online class portal.  Once logged in, you will have access to recorded material, certificate requirements, and live coaching sessions.
  • The next class begins January 26, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST.  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN here through our website shopping cart.  

What level of English proficiency is required?

  • Although you may have taken the two-day workshop in another language, the Practitioner’s Certificate program with Jennifer is only offered in English at this time. Fluency in English is necessary.
  • We will be offering this course in Spanish very soon. Please contact Jennifer if you would like to take the course in Spanish.

Where do I take the course?

  • The Practitioner’s Certificate program is a mentored self-study that meets once a month online for a one-hour coaching session and group discussion. This is your opportunity to network with other students from around the world, to ask questions, discuss how the Montessori philosophy pertains to dementia care, etc.
  • You complete the requirements at your own pace through our online portal; however, you are expected to log in on time to each coaching session and interact with the other students and discuss your case studies.  Each month there are homework assignments to complete.
  • The next class begins in January 26, 2021. Currently the course is offered on the last Tuesday of every month from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST. We are willing to schedule other dates and time for international students or if there are enough requests for other time/date options.

How do I access the online class meeting?

  • You will be sent an invitation and link to a live virtual class and directions for installing a web app to run program.
  • Please use a computer or tablet with a web cam, not a phone.
  • You will be able to see and hear all of the students, as well as your instructor.
  • You will receive detailed information after you register.

What are the specific requirements to gain Certification?

Complete at least two case studies (three are preferred). Partner with at least two people living with dementia and complete the procedures and forms associated with the case study requirements. The specific requirements are contained in the information packet you will receive upon registration.  Adjustments will be made because of COVID-19, please contact us for more information as we have designed alternatives to partnering with older adults.

Write at least a 1,000-word paper discussing lessons learned from participation in the training and your experience of implementing Montessori principles. It should include any successes and challenges you may have experienced and should demonstrate your knowledge of Montessori for Aging and Dementia

Complete a written examination based on the topics covered in the two-day workshop and the required reading.

Submit all assessment tasks and paperwork electronically to our online class portal.

Take photos or scan any relevant templates, materials, cue cards, and signage that were used to create activities and roles for the two people with whom you are undertaking case studies.

Case studies presentations must be completed no later than 6 months after you begin the course. For example, if you register in July, you will attend the online coaching for the first time on the last Tuesday of July and present you material to your fellow students in December.

Upon registering for the class, the timeline and requirements will be reviewed with you again.

Registration opens in July for next class
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