Saint Michael's College- The Department of Education

Why you should consider this program

Saint Michael's College Department of Education is proud to host a Coverdell Fellows Program for returning Peace Corps volunteers who have served in the English language teaching field. Applicants can build on their Peace Corps teaching experience and receive considerable benefits from their service while working toward their Master of Arts degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL).

MATESOL Course work of 27 credits taken over three semesters. Program courses include the following 3-credit courses:

  • GSL 500- Foundations of Linguistics
  • GSL 502- Pedagogical Grammar
  • GSL 542- Introduction to Language Teaching
  • GSL 543- Teaching Oral Skills in ESOL
  • GSL 544- Teaching Reading and Writing in ESOL
  • GSL 604- Second Language Acquisition
  • GSL 606- Curriculum and Syllabus Design
  • GSL 620- Principles of Testing and Assessment in Language Teaching
  • GSL 690-Research Methods in Applied Linguistics

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 22,430 $ 7,550 $ 14,880
Out of state $ 22,430 $ 7,550 $ 14,880
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

The benefits package offered to Coverdell Fellows is equal to more than a 33 percent discount of total program tuition costs:

Advanced Standing for Peace Corps service (equivalent to 9 credits, currently a $5,580 value) based on the following: Peace Corps training in TEFL with associated practical teaching experience

Scholarship (for 1 additional course – currently $1,860)

  • Waiver of application fee ($50).

Other benefits or opportunities

  • Waiver of Diploma fee ($60)

Annual cost of living (estimated)

$ 15,000

Application fee waived?



A volunteer teaching internship experience in a local English language training program for a period of at least 9 months is required.

Jobs for program alumni

Graduates of our MATESOL Program frequently land teaching positions in the following:

  • Intensive English Programs in the US
  • K-12 Public Schools (for licensure and endorsement program grads)
  • Universities abroad (Kanazawa Institute of Technology hires mainly our MATESOL grads)
  • Secondary schools abroad (such as Gimnasio Vermont in Bogota, Colombia)

Other details

Program length

Three semesters if Full time. Part-time is optional.

Application requirements

Copy of signed Peace Corps Description of Service that shows training and experience in English language teaching.

  • A Bachelor's Degree with a grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 from an accredited American college or university, or its equivalent from a foreign university.
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work, mailed in the original sealed envelope from the issuing institution.
  • Two reference forms accompanied by letters of recommendation with original signatures, at least one of which should be an academic reference.
  • A résumé.
  • A $50 application fee. (Waived for Coverdell Fellows.)
  • A one-to-two page essay describing your educational career objectives with particular emphasis on the following: personal and professional goals, relevant employment experience, why you wish to study at Saint Michael's College, and your ability and commitment to undertake graduate-level education at this time.

Admissions process

Follow the regular admission procedures for MATESOL students found on the Saint Michael's College website. Indicate on the application form that you are interested in the Coverdell Fellows Program. You will be contacted by the program coordinator for further information.

Program begins


Non-traditional options

  • Option to pursue degree part time while receiving the Coverdell Fellowship

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Benjamin White, MA TESOL Director, Associate Professor

Saint Michael's College
One Winooski Park
Colchester, VT 05439