Secondary Education Curriculum and Materials Design Specialist

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Peace Corps Response positions are open to returned Volunteers or U.S. citizens with significant professional and technical experience.

Project Description

A Peace Corps Response Volunteer (PCRV) is needed to serve as a Secondary Education Curriculum and Materials Design Specialist with the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Education. The Volunteer will be supporting the implementation of the current English curriculum reform through material design and curriculum development for public secondary schools. The new English curriculum was launched because Costa Rican students needed an updated learning model that reflected the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to succeed as a citizen in the 21st Century. Students were not reaching the expected English proficiency level after eleven or twelve years of instruction. As a result, MEP (alongside PCVs/PCRVs) developed an updated English curriculum that focused on using an action-oriented approach/communicative approach to language learning. Another Response Volunteer is being recruited to serve as a secondary education liaison under the same curricular implementation plan. In 2016, a cohort of Response Volunteers spearheaded this initiative by collaborating with MEP officials. The assigned MEP counterparts have multiple years of experience working with Peace Corps Volunteers.

A Volunteer with a Master’s Degree in Education, at least 5 years of public school teaching experience and experience working with high school curriculum design is needed to work with the ministry to further develop the Secondary English education curriculum. The Volunteer will coordinate with the small groups of 3-10 PCVs and Costa Rican English teachers that will be working with national English advisors from secondary education on two main projects. First, the Volunteer will help produce supplementary materials and develop resources including audio, videos, teacher tool kits, student resource kits and dialogue scripts. Secondly, the Volunteer will support a variety of curriculum development initiatives through document revision and provide additional support to the national English advisors as they create a science curriculum for bilingual elementary schools. The goal of this assignment is to continue to strengthen the secondary education curriculum and further the implementation of the curriculum throughout Costa Rican secondary public schools.

Partner Information

Ministry of Public Education (MEP)

Required Skills

• Master’s Degree in Education- preferably related to curriculum and instruction
• 5 -10 years of public school teaching experience
• Experience working with high school curriculum design
• Proactive, solution-oriented approach to professionalism. Be able to work well with tight timelines and very little supervision.
• Willingness to approach the position through the Peace Corps’ philosophy on development.

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Medical Considerations in Costa Rica

  • Costa Rica may not be able to support Volunteers with the following medical conditions: ongoing counseling.
  • The following medication(s) are not permitted for legal or cultural reasons: Vyvanse.
  • Volunteers who should avoid the following food(s) may not be able to serve: gluten.
  • After arrival in Costa Rica, Peace Corps provides and applicants are required to have an annual flu shot and mandatory immunizations.

Before you apply, please review Medical Information for Applicants to learn about the clearance process and other health conditions that are difficult to accommodate in Peace Corps service.


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