The Master's International Program, MI, offers MA coursework in TESOL with an extensive teaching internship through Peace Corps experience. Students complete 18 hours of coursework at UMBC before starting a 27-month Peace Corps service. Through completing this initial coursework, students become better prepared to teach English in the Peace Corps. After their service, students return to UMBC to finish their remaining MA coursework.
The master’s program requires a minimum of 36 hours of coursework. Six of those credits can be based on reflections from Peace Corps experience. Returning MI students who choose the K-12 certification option are not required to write these reflections.
The Peace Corps requests that you complete an academic year (18 credits) in our program before applying to the Peace Corps.
The UMBC MA TESOL Program, the oldest in Maryland and one of the oldest in the United States, attracts a diverse group of domestic and international students. UMBC also is the home to the Shriver Peaceworker Program which brings returned Peace Corps Volunteers to campus for a two-year service learning program integrating community service, graduate study, and ethical reflection. The Peaceworker Program is coordinated by the campus-based Shriver Center, established in honor of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver and their lifelong commitment to service.