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Peace Corps


The Master's International Program, MI, offers MA coursework in teaching English as a second or foreign language with an extensive teaching internship through Peace Corps experience. Students begin their coursework at UMBC and then design an independent academic project that they undertake along with doing their Peace Corps service.

The program requires 30 credit hours of required and elective courses combining theory, practice, and opportunities for reflection. MI students earn 6 equivalent credits for their Peace corps experience. MI students may also add K-12 ESOL teacher certification to their MA.

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.

To apply for the UMBC Master's International MA TESOL Program, submit separate applications to the ESOL/Bilingual Program at UMBC and to the Peace Corps. We recommend that you complete these applications at the same time. Please write on your statement of purpose that you are also applying to the Peace Corps and are interested in participating in the Master's International Program. If you are accepted by both UMBC and the Peace Corps, you can begin your coursework during the fall, spring, or summer sessions. If you are accepted by UMBC but are not offered a Peace Corps assignment, you can still enroll in our TESOL MA Program.

We recommend that you complete a minimum of one year of the MA program (18 or more credits) before beginning your Peace Corps assignment. During that year, you will become better prepared to teach English in the Peace Corps and will also have enough background in TESOL to design an independent project that you will undertake during your time in the Peace Corps. Upon completion of this independent project and your Peace Corps teaching experience, you will receive 6 credits toward your Master's degree. When you return to UMBC to complete your degree, you can also apply for a tuition waiver for these 6 credits.

For further information, please contact:
Dr. John Nelson, UMBC Coordinator for the UMBC Master's International Program