"To put it simply, I am currently living and teaching English in Wakayama, Japan because of the Diploma program. This program in a short span of a month has allotted me the opportunity to teach and travel just about anywhere in the world! Additionally, I completed it with the capstone, a very reasonable task, and received six standing credits towards my Master's in TESOL. Because of St. Michael's TESOL diploma program, I was fortunate enough to be able to explain to my recruiter that through my TESOL diploma course I had real classroom experience teaching students from Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Japan, Mexico, and Latvia. In my opinion, this is what truly separates Saint Michael's Diploma program from that of other institutions or online programs. I got real classroom experience with actual English language learners from all over the world that was supported by the instruction of two unbelievable teachers."
Matt Scheffler, Diploma 2014
"I was working at Aranyaprathet School in Aranyaprathet, Thailand for five months and I would say the Diploma program prepared me for the challenges of that experience."
Maggie Lund, Diploma 2012
"The tools and confidence that I gained in the Diploma program prepared me well for the challenges of teaching students of all ages and abilities. The Diploma program at St. Mike's was a jump-start for my career and exploration of the world."
Annie Schneider, Diploma 2013
"Through the Diploma Program I made a lot of great connections, which I will cherish forever. The teachers and staff of the TESOL program are incredibly invested in the learning and development of each student, as well as the class as a whole. I also really enjoyed working and teaching in groups and feel blessed to have had such a well-rounded and fun group of people to share this journey with."
"The TESOL program helped absolve my uncertainty [about my future career path], and it lead me to discover something that I am truly passionate about. I can genuinely say that this has been an enriching and life-changing experience for me. I would highly recommend the TESOL program to anyone looking to pursue careers in education and serving others."
Katie Wry, Diploma 2013
"Seeking travel and adventure for retirement, I decided to enroll into the Diploma Program in 2013. This was the best thing I had done since my graduation with an M.B.A. fifteen years earlier. I especially enjoyed the daily interaction with classmates and active feedback from teachers, as well as the opportunity to teach international students. I commend St. Michael's College for its depth and breadth, and recommend it to anyone seeking a unique and vibrant experience."
Stephen Simkovits, Diploma 2013
"As a current English major at Grove City College with a passion for other cultures, I decided to take the Diploma Program in 2013 in order to gain the experience necessary to teach overseas! I thrived in the close community created by the professors and grew so much through the teaching experience in the Intensive English Program. I feel well equipped to teach ESL and would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in English and other cultures!"
Kelsa Battig, Diploma 2013
". . . the Diploma Program seemed the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about teaching English to speakers of other languages and allowing me to get my feet wet in the field of TESOL before truly deciding if this was a career choice I wanted to pursue. The Diploma Program not only introduced me to the basics of teaching methodology, managing a classroom, and putting together a lesson plan, but also gave me the chance to execute these skills through practicum, where I was given the chance to actually teach English Language Learning classes . . . I highly recommend Saint Michael's Diploma Program. You never know, like me, this could be just the push in the right direction that you need to get started."
Lauren G., Diploma 2010; MATESOL 2013
". . . I had a great experience and got exactly what I wanted out of the program: a solid interest in TESOL. I really enjoyed the one-on-one practica with the IEP students. They had a genuine interest in learning, and I had a genuine interest in both teaching them English and learning more about their culture at the same time. I love the Diploma Program and feel that it's definitely an opportunity that cannot be passed up if you have even the smallest interest in TESOL!"
Shauna H., Diploma 2010