The Maria Montessori Education Foundation (MMEF) is the official New Zealand teacher training centre of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), welcoming
both New Zealand and international students.
The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) was founded by Dr Montessori and her son Mario to maintain the integrity of her life's work and to ensure that it
would be perpetuated after her death. AMI graduates deliver what has been called Montessori’s Montessori, based on training grounded in a thorough
understanding of Montessori principles and child development.
Many students describe their year studying for the AMI diploma as the most intense of their life–as a transformative experience. As one recent MMEF graduate
“In this course I learned not only about the Montessori
method, but also how to be self-disciplined, confident and faithful to myself. This course was the most inspiring and challenging thing I have ever done in my life. I am proud to be part of MMEF
and the AMI community”.
An AMI diploma is your passport to the world—giving you
access to employment in an AMI school in nearly every country in the world.
MMEF holds Category 1 Status.
MMEF is a private training establishment registered by NZQA (New
Zealand Qualifications Authority). Every four years NZQA conducts an EER(External
Evaluation Review) to ensure that quality standards are maintained. MMEF was rated ‘Highly Confident in educational performance’ and ‘Highly confident in capability in self-assessment’ in its
most recent review. With these EER results, MMEF is deemed a Category