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American University — TESOL Program

Program Type:
Master's International
TESOL Program
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Program Founded:
January, 1999


MIP students are waived from participation in the three-credit TESL-620, "English Language III" course based on their Peace Corps service. In addition, six credits are earned for the Cooperative Education Field Experience; tuition is waived for these six credits during Peace Corps service. Students are required to complete a portfolio and pass an oral comprehensive exam. Note: Peace Corps Volunteers who have already completed their Peace Corps service as TEFL instructors are eligible for the same nine credit benefit.


The Master's International (MI), a joint program of Peace Corps and American University, enables participants to prepare for Peace Corps English teaching assignments while earning an MA in TESOL. Participants apply separately to the Peace Corps and American University to be accepted into the program. Successful participants will begin Peace Corps training and service after they have completed the bulk of their academic work. Their Peace Corps experience then provides the context for an international internship of 6 credits. The tuition for the internship is waived as part of the Master's International Program. In addition, enrollment in the usual three-credit TESL-620, English Language Teaching III is waived. Participants completing this program enter the job market with the advantage of both excellent academic credentials and significant teaching experience abroad.


No previous training in linguistics or teaching experience is required for admission. It is recommended (but not required) that native English speakers have some background in at least one language other than English. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) on undergraduate course work. Note: Peace Corps Volunteers who have already completed their Peace Corps service as TEFL intstructors are also eligible for the same nine credit benefit. Peace Corps can only accept American citizens. Participants must meet all other Peace Corps requirements prior to beginning Peace Corps Volunteer service.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Polina Vinogradova

TESOL Program
4400 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20016-8045
(202) 885-1446
(202) 885-1356