Depending on the training you are looking for, I think that is the closest to you. Go to the AMI web site and they have a map with all of their training centers on it. I attended the one in Phoenix AZ and was trained by Nimal Vaz.
So, I've found some Montessori training through distance learning (since there is no center near here)
BUT what I don't know is if their certificates are credible in the world of teaching. I suppose if you were opening your own school it would be fine, but if you're planning on working somewhere established, would it fly?
I have the same question.....going to a center for a month is impossible for me with little ones.....the program at Loyola is for elementary and I am looking for preschool. anyone have any comments on the distance course..it's not AMI or AMS they say they are independent--which is fine with me if it's credible. Sometimes affiliation can bring alot of politics.
I talked to my local school and they said that the distance leraning courses are not as credible, but since there are no centers near here, it is hard to find ANYONE, especially assistants, so they are more then willing to take on anyone who shows the right stuff!
I really haven't found there to be a lot of politics when it comes to AMI accredidated school. AMI means that it is montessori... AMS and NCME are versions of Montessori. So really its not just a "group" that is filled with problem. Maria Montessoris son developed AMI to protect what his mother had worked so hard at. The unfortuante thing about Montessori is she isn't copyrighted. So anyone and everyone can take the name and say they have a montessori school or they have Montessori training.
I have found that these training sites over the internet are a extremly watered down version of Montessori. Most take a few of the materials and ideas of Montessori and fly with it. The out come is not Montessori.
Read her books understand her theory and see what you feel is right for you. If after getting to understand montessori, you feel that it works, then go for it. I don't know of any schools where I live that would hire someone as an actual teacher with one of these certificates though. So if your goal is to teach then I think its a waste of money (and time). I was blessed to have an AMI training center 2 miles from my house. The trainig is A LOT of work to become certified but it is soooo worth it!
Good luck again with your search.