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AMS-affiliated Teacher Education Program

 

Infinity Montessori Academy of Hong Kong
AMS-Affiliated and MACTE-Accredited
Teacher Education Programme (6th Cohort)

 

  Our Teacher Education Programme (TEP)  prepares adult learners for educating children aged 0 to 6 with Montessori approach. 210 to 308 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 and only 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.  In the past eight years, we have organised five cohorts of AMS-Affiliated and MACTE-Accredited TEPs. The first three cohorts was cooperated with the Montessori Teacher Education Centre/SFBA, the fourth and fifth have been organised by our school.  We also organised seven cohorts of 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.

 

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

Academic Schedule 210 hours

In-residence lesson: 122 hours (8 hours per day)
In-residence lesson/ Online lesson for Mainland China adult learners: 52 hours 
Online lesson: 36 hours  (4 hours per day)
*The academic schedule is subject to change due to the pandemic

2020

Overview of Montessori principles

TBC (Online)

Montessori Philosophy

4, 11, 12, 25, 26 July (In-residence/Online)

Pedagogy

23-25 July

Environmental Design 

27-29 July

Child Development: Prenatal to 3 Years

22, 23, 29 August (In-residence/Online)
1-4 October

Observation + Practicum Seminar

7, 8 November (Online)

Observation 

26 December

Program Leadership + Practicum Seminar

27 December

Personal Growth and Development + Practicum Seminar

28, 29 December

Art, Music & Movement

30 December

2021

Practicum Seminar

9 January (Online)

Program Leadership 

30, 31 January (Online)

Practicum Seminar

13 March(Online)

Practicum Seminar

10 April (In-residence/Online)

Child, Family, and Community

15, 16, 29, 30 May (In-residence/Online)

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

 

Early Childhood Teacher Credential Course (Aged 3-6)

Academic Schedule 308 hours

In-residence lessons: 176 hours (8 hours per day)
In-residence lessons/ Online lessons for Mainland China adult learners: 48 hours
Online lessons: 84 hours (4 hours per day)
*The academic schedule is subject to change due to the Pandemic

2020

Montessori Philosophy

4, 11, 12, 25, 26 July (In-residence/Online)

Practical Life 

1-4 August

Language Arts

6-9 August

Sensorial

12-15August

Mathematics

16, 18-20 August

Practicum Seminar 

5 September (Online)

Child Development

6, 19, 20 September (Online)

Social Studies
Physical Science

1-4 October 

Art, Music and Movement + Practicum Seminar               

5-6 October

Child Development

7, 8, 21, 22 November (Online)

Practicum Seminar 

28 November (Online)

Observation + Practicum Seminar

12, 13, 19 December (Online)

2021

Practicum Seminar 

9 January (Online)

Classroom Leadership

30, 31 January (Online)
20 February (Online)

Practicum Seminar

27 February (Online)

Peace Education

27, 28 March (Online)

Practicum Seminar

4 April (Online)

Parent Education

24, 25 April (Online)

Practicum Seminar

8 May (Online)

Year-long Project

29, 30 May (Online)

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

 

Excellent Faculty

 

Programme Director: Ralph Yau

Founder, Acting Chairman of Hong Kong Montessori Research and Development Association
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

Infant and Toddler Course Instructors

Crystal Lai

Chang Ting-Chih

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP
AMS Teacher Credential (Infant & Toddler and Early Childhood)
M.Ed, Missouri University
PIKLER® Certificate
RIE Certificate
30 years of Montessori education experience
Book author of《嬰幼兒撫觸與按摩》《新手父母必修學分》《寶寶玩遊戲》《哺乳全書》
Contributor of Parenting Magazines
台灣教育部頒授大學講師證書

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP
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

Early Childhood Course Instructors

Sister Maria Yu

Helen DeVere

Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant of AMS-Affiliated TEP
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
Former MACTE Comissioner
40 years of Montessori education experience
AMS Teacher Credential (Early Childhood and Lower Elementary)
Antioch New England Graduate School 教育學士

Jana Morgan Herman

Lin Mei Yun

Programme Director of MACTE-accredited TEP
Teacher Trainer and Field Consultant oAMS-Affiliated TEP
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

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

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)

 

Medium of Instruction

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

 

Fees

Application fee: HK$1,000 (non-refundable)
Tuition fee: HK$53,600 (Infant and Toddler Course)
Tuition fee: HK$64,000 (Early Childhood Course)
AMS Fee & MACTE Fees:  approx. HK$3,000 (non-refundable)
Manuals: approx. HK$2,000
Field visit fee during practicum: HK$800/ visit (Transportation/Lodging is not included.)

 

Application Procedure

  1. Please complete and send this application form with the following documents by email to infinitycw@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. Application fee: HK$1,000 (non-refundable)
  5. 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: infinitycw@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. 
*Our International Teacher Education Programme is the first and only American Montessori Society (AMS)-Affiliated and Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE)-Accredited 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 : 8:30am - 5:00pm