Mission Statement & Philosophy
Centre of Advanced Montessori Studies of Vancouver (CAMSV)’s Montessori Credential Programs are dedicated to the advocacy of children through Montessori education consistent with the philosophy and practices exemplified by the American Montessori Society (AMS).
History of CAMSV’s Elementary Teacher Education Credential Program
In 2003, the Vancouver School Board’s Continuing Education Department began offering an Elementary Montessori teacher training program to help meet the need for Montessori elementary teachers in Montessori public school programs in the lower mainland of British Columbia. The training program was accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).
During the years between 2003 and 2014 the Vancouver School Board began restructuring the organization of its departments and phased out its Continuing Education Department. An active search for another institute that might be interested in taking ownership of the Montessori credential program was begun. No established institute was identified. August 2017, the Vancouver Board of Education (VBE) transferred ownership of the program to the non-profit society. The name of the training program was changed to the Centre of Advanced Montessori Studies of Vancouver (CAMSV) to reflect the transfer of ownership.
The transfer of the program to a non-profit society has made it possible to continue collaborations that had been previously established.
CAMSV’s current Elementary Montessori teacher training program’s accreditation lapses November 2020. Application for reaccreditation of CAMSV’s Elementary Credential Program acknowledges the continuing need for trained Montessori teachers in B.C. and CAMSV’s interest in providing access to this training.
CAMSV offers an integrated, interdisciplinary, holistic approach to education for elementary aged children (6-9 and 9-12 years) that evolved from the work of Dr. Maria Montessori utilizing a blended-e learning model format. This includes in-residence hours and on-line content delivery and mid-year seminars, directed study assignments, guided didactic material practice, independent research projects, and action planning (341 hours for Elementary I (ages 6-9) and an additional 175 hours for Elementary II ( ages 9-12) academic hours) and a field study/practicum that is equivalent to a full school year (minimum 1080 hours).
Accreditation and Affiliation
CAMSV’s Montessori Elementary Credential Program is affiliated with the American Montessori Society (AMS), 211 E. 43rd St., 7th Fl #262, New York, NY 10017 and accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE), 420 Park Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.
BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (BC FIPPA) legislation requires all personal information about identifiable individuals to be stored in Canada unless privacy consent is obtained. AMS & MACTE require sharing of data for credentialing purposes. Adult learners in the credential program, if they want to receive an AMS credential, must give consent to CAMSV to share information necessary for credentialing purposes with AMS and MACTE, located in the United States.