Hello! I have some questions about Montessori teacher training programs that are offered online. I am state certified in early childhood education (birth-grade 3), English language arts (grades 5-12), and ESL (k-12). I am currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction, with an emphasis in ESL. I have been fascinated by Montessori education since I first learned of its existence (way back in high school) and I have always wanted to learn more about it. I have read Dr. Montessori's work and other books written about the method, but I would like to delve deeper into the philosophy. What I really want to be able to do is conduct research on how Montessori education benefits English language learners, and/or bilingual schools using the Montessori method. Basically, I am wondering if anyone can recommend the best online Montessori teacher training program available. I don't necessarily want to teach in a Montessori school, I just want to learn enough about the method so that I feel I am at least somewhat qualified to conduct research on it. I know that the AMI does not endorse any online or correspondence program of teacher training, and I completely respect that. It's just that...well, I'm working on a Ph.D., so time and finances preclude me from jumping headlong into an on-ground Montessori training program. I just love what I know about the Montessori method and I want to learn more. I'm trying to find an online course that stays as close to the original Montessori philosophy as possible. Sorry you had to read through all of that. Thanks for any and all help and/or advice.