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Welcome to the The Montessori Residency of Chicago (TMROC). You are now a TMROC Resident, embarking on a special course of study and clinical practice that will equip you to become a successful director of a Montessori classroom in Chicago Public Schools and other schools in urban communities. Using the Montessori model of education you will become an active force in improving teaching and learning throughout the country. 

The Montessori Residency of Chicago engages teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators in a program designed specifically for high-needs, public PK–8 schools committed to providing a free Montessori education. In addition to the TMROC summer institutes, TMROC residents participate in weekly professional development workshops and receive coaching while working in the classroom. Upon successful completion of the program, residents receive a Montessori 6-12 teacher diploma.

TMROC is a graduate-level program; only individuals who have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university may enroll and receive a Montessori certificate. No college credit is given, although teachers certified in Illinois and currently employed by a CPS school may apply for CPDU credits. Some institutions may use the Montessori certificate earned to apply credit toward a graduate degree, but this decision is made by the receiving institution. No promise or claim of acceptance of course credit/hours by other institutions is guaranteed by TMROC.

TMROC is an initiative of and is housed at the Montessori School of Englewood (MSE), a Chicago public charter school, and its parent organization, The Montessori Network, a 501(3)c not-for profit-organization approved by the State of Illinois. 

TMROC offers three different courses of study: 3-6 (Primary), 6-9 (Elementary I), and 6-12 (Elementary I-II). These courses will prepare residents to serve in classrooms with children of these age levels. Not only will our residents immerse themselves in Montessori curriculum, but will also spend time exploring classroom leadership & curriculum planning, management, child development, and trauma-informed practice.