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Wheelock College — School of Education, Social Work, Child Life, and Family Studies

Program Type:
Master's International
School of Education, Social Work, Child Life, and Family Studies
Degrees Awarded:
Educational Studies (MS)
Admissions Deadlines:

Priority application deadline is March 1, 2011 for students beginning the program during the Summer 2011 semester.
Students will be notified within 4-6 weeks of their admission to the program.

Admissions Cycle:

4-6 weeks for Wheelock admissions

Program Start:
Summer or Fall 2011
Program Founded:
September, 2010


Students can earn up to 8 credit hours for Peace Corps service at no cost; a tuition waiver will be provided.

Graduates of the MI Program will be well-equipped for a range of positions focusing on work with and for families and children in a variety of settings, including schools, afterschool programs, international agencies, community agencies, publishing companies, advocacy agencies, museums, government offices, and international nongovernmental organizations.The program welcomes students who are interested in learning more about education, have an education background and/or teaching license, or wish to enter the education field. Although this program does not lead to teacher license, students may register in courses that are part of the teaching preparation programs offered at Wheelock College. For those students who already have an initial Massachusetts educator licensure, the program may be used to advanced that license to professional status.


Wheelock College is proud to partner with the Peace Corps to offer the Master's International (MI) program. This program gives passionate, idealistic people who are interested in Peace Corps service an opportunity to get a master's degree from one of the country's premier teacher preparation institutions while also fulfilling their commitment to international service.

Selected students can earn a Master of Science in Educational Studies from Wheelock College while gaining field experience in the Peace Corps.

This 30-credit master's degree program begins with about one year of courses completed on the Wheelock campus. Courses include human development, multiculturalism, research, plus a 12-credit elective area of focus that will help students design a flexible and creative field study project that is sustainable and meets the requirements of their local host country. Possible focus areas include elementary education, special education, parenting education, English Language Learners, and literacy.

Upon completing their coursework, students will enroll in 8 credits of field study during their 27 months of Peace Corps service. Peace Corps service is an integral part of the academic program. Not only will it be the focus of students' required field study project, but students will also choose their 12 credits of electives based on the skills and knowledge they will need in order to complete their field study project and service. Examples of Peace Corps field study projects that could be co-developed with host country colleagues include a women's literacy program, a youth sports program, and a girls' reading club.

The program concludes with a 1-credit Capstone course at Wheelock upon the students' return from Peace Corps service. In this course, students complete their portfolio and present it to the Wheelock community.


Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed Wheelock Application Form - To apply online, fill out our online application form and check the Peace Corps Masters International box.
  • Essay - Applicants' 3-5 page essay should describe their interest in attending Wheelock and pursuing Peace Corps service.
  • Three letters of Reference - One letter should be of an academic nature from a faculty member familiar with the applicant's academic work (e.g., a former professor or instructor of the applicant). The second reference should be from an individual who can discuss the applicant's work or relevant experience. The third letter may be either academic or professional at the applicant's discretion. References from family members and/or friends are not acceptable. Please note that additional letters of reference may be requested at the discretion of the Admission Committee. Download the reference form here.
  • Academic Records (transcripts) - Students applying for admission to a graduate program at Wheelock must hold a Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited institution. Degree-seeking applicants must present official transcripts from each college or university at which the applicant was granted a degree.
  • Resume - Work experience and career progression are important and will be considered by the Admissions Committee. Resumes should be submitted in professional format and include: contact information, educational background, work experience, and skills.
  • Interview - Candidates may be invited for on-campus interviews. For those who live out-of-state, a phone interview can be arranged.


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

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Mr. Brian Michello
Director of Grad Admissions


200 Riverway
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
(617) 879-1114
(617) 879-2099

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