Peace Corps Master's International Program (MIP)

Since 1960, the Peace Corps has provided individuals, communities, and countries with meaningful experiences of peace, leadership, and progress. With the Peace Corps Master's International Program, you can serve in the Peace Corps while earning your Master's in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - two invaluable, once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Saint Michael's is one of only 14 colleges and universities in the United States that offers the Peace Corps Master's International Program (MIP) in TESOL. The 36-credit combined program allows students to earn eight tuition-free credits toward their MATESOL degree while performing volunteer service abroad in the Peace Corps. You won't just learn about the culture of the students you'll be teaching in your career - you will experience it and live it every day. Through total immersion, you will gain knowledge and worldliness that classrooms in the States just can't provide. 

How it works

Prospective students must first be accepted by the Saint Michael's MATESOL degree program before the Peace Corps can grant acceptance to the Master's International Program. Before entering the Peace Corps, students need to complete at least three semesters of coursework at Saint Michael's.

Three Terms of On-Campus Coursework

Fall Term (9 credits)

GSL 500 - Foundations of Linguistics
GSL 506 - Master's Seminar
GSL 542 - Theory and Method in Second Language Teaching

Spring Term (9 credits)

GSL 543 - Teaching of Oral Skills in ESOL
GSL 685 - Practicum I: Seminar/Observation
GSL 689 - Special Topic (elective)

Summer term (10 credits)

GSL 502 - English Grammar
GSL 544 - Teaching Reading and Writing in ESOL
GSL 620 - Principles of Testing and Assessment in Language Teaching
GSL XXX - Orientation (1 credit)

Eight Tuition-free Credits Earned During Peace Corps Service

GSL 693 - Offsite Practicum (4 credits)

After on-campus coursework is completed, students enter the Peace Corps for their two years of service. Your Saint Michael's advisor will work with you and the Peace Corps regional staff to set up procedures for monitoring, evaluating, and providing feedback on your teaching, lesson planning and materials developed.

GSL 694 - Reflective Portfolio of Peace Corps Experience (4 credits)

Under the supervision of your Saint Michael's advisor, you will compile an in-depth Reflective Paper of a selected aspect of your experience living and working as a Peace Corps volunteer in a developing country. Possible topic areas for your reflective studies could include cultural adjustment, language learning, or language teaching.

After successful submission of your work, you will receive eight credits toward your degree, thus completing your Master's program.