Study TESOL in Vermont at Saint Michael's

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For over 50 years, Saint Michael's MATESOL program has been recognized locally and internationally as a premier learning environment for prospective teachers. With a number of programs available, all at an affordable cost, studying at St. Mike’s means you will experience a supportive and close-knit community. From a Master's Degree to TESOL Certificate Programs to ELL Endorsement, Saint Michael's has you covered! Scroll to the bottom of the page for the list of amazing programs. 

Coming together on a beautiful campus in Vermont, our faculty and students are from all over the world. During your time in the classroom, you will discuss TESOL theory and apply what you’ve learned, before implementing your skills in schools nationally or internationally.

If you already have graduate TESOL courses completed from an approved program, you may be able to transfer up to 9 credits to our Masters Degree. TESOL graduates from certain approved certificate programs, such as our own campus' Summer TESOL/TEFL Certificate, CELTA, Via Lingua, and Sookmyung University, may be eligible for advance standing of 6 credits according to our articulation agreements.

For more information or to schedule a campus visit,  contact us at or 802.654.2301. To connect with our international community, please like our Facebook page.

MATESOL (36 credits) - Complete all of your classes for your Master's degree on our beautiful SMC campus.

MATESOL: OnLine + OnCampus (36 credits) - Complete your Master's degree on-line and on campus.

4+1 MATESOL (36 Credits) - Receive your MATESOL in ONE year after completing your undergraduate studies at SMC. 

MATESOL Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows (27 credits) - Put your Peace Corps experience towards your Master's degree.

MATESOL + PK-12 Licensure (46 credits) - Earn your Master's Degree and recommendation for your initial ELL VT state teaching license.

MATESOL + PK-12 Endorsement for Licensed Teachers (36 credits) - Earn your public school ELL endorsement while completing the Master's program.

PK-12 ELL Endorsement for Licensed Teachers (18 credits) - Receive an additional endorsement on your teaching license. 

Graduate Certificate in TESOL (24 credits) - Explore TESOL and earn a graduate certificate. 

MATESOL Pathway Program - Prepare for the MATESOL program with academic and language support. 

Summer TESOL/TEFL Certificate Program - Receive a TESOL Certificate and much more in four weeks. 

Learn more about our faculty here. 

Mahmoud T. Arani, Ph.D.
B.A., Teacher Training University, Tehran, Iran; M.A., Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo 

Christine Bauer-Ramazani, M.Ed.
B.A., University of Trier, Germany; M.Ed., University of Missouri; M.A., University of Mainz, Germany; M.B.A., University of Vermont

Daniel W. Evans, Ph.D.
B.J., University of Missouri; M.A., Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Raichle Farrelly, Ph.D.
B.A., Spanish, University of Utah; M.A., Ph.D., Linguistics, University of Utah

Richard Gamache, M.Ed.
B.A., M.Ed., Saint Michael's College

Christina Mager, M.A.
B.S., Saint Michael's College; MATESOL, Saint Michael's College

M. Elizabeth O'Dowd, Ph.D. 
B.A., Lancaster University, England; M.A., New Mexico State University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Benjamin White, Ph.D.
A.B., University of Miami; M.A., UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies; M.Ed., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Ph.D., Michigan State University

We are proud to be able to offer several placements for the Practicum II experience. Here at SMC, we have several Intensive English Program courses that are open to students. These courses target the various language skills and subskills and many of them take a content-based instruction approach, which makes for engaging, relevant content around which our students can develop lessons.

Within our local community, Vermont Adult Learning is very excited to host our Practicum II students. In this setting, our students can co-teach with local teachers or assume responsibility for the design and delivery of entire courses that immediately target the needs of our adult, refugee background neighbors.

Overseas Teaching Practicum

We have been building partnerships with programs overseas. Students who are interested in completing their Practicum II abroad, while completing coursework online, have had the option of doing so in Morocco, Costa Rica, or Japan to name a few. Compensation packages (i.e., costs covered by host institutions) vary depending on the capacity of each partner to cover various expenses. We continually seek partners abroad, so our options will grow to meet the needs of both our MA TESOL students and our international colleagues. 

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News from the Fall 2018

ALD Professor and MATESOL Student Present in Italy


On October 4th, Professor Raichle Farrelly of the Applied Linguistics Department and MA TESOL student Janet Liscio presented at the 14th annual LESLLA (Literacy Education and Second Language Learning for Adults) conference in Palermo, Italy. Raichle was awarded $1,000 from the Dean's Politi (International) Travel Fund to attend the conference. They presented on the preliminary findings of their ongoing study entitled Exploring Notions of Success through the Lens of 'Funds of Knowledge' among Adult Refugee-background Populations. Their study aims to investigate how their students, adults from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Somalia, and Burundi define success and the degree to which they see themselves as successful. Farrelly and Liscio conceptualize notions of success through the framework of 'Funds of Knowledge' (Gonzalez, Moll, & Amanti, 2013) as represented through various forms of social and cultural capital: familial, linguistic, navigational, aspirational, spiritual, and resilience. For educators and students, the act of discovering, valuing, and incorporating students' 'funds of knowledge' into the classroom, offers an approach to meaningful learning that honors the learner and recognizes the assets they bring to the learning experience. 

Student Association Resolution Welcomes Refugees

On Tuesday, October 9, the Saint Michael’s College student body showed support for the passage of a “Welcome Refugees” resolution. At the Student Association’s weekly meeting, SA President Jake Myers presented the resolution to the Senate. The resolution states that the student body of Saint Michael’s College welcomes and declares its support for the resettlement of all refugees. It also calls upon other Vermont communities to join them in supporting a stronger national effort to resettle the world’s most vulnerable refugees. The resolution passed according to the guidelines set out by the SA Constitution. The SA voted to recognize and declare its support of the “Refugees Welcome” resolution. Discussions about the presentation of this resolution first came up last spring, when the SA was approached by Raichle Farrelly, assistant professor in the Applied Linguistics Department. Raichle was motivated by the passage of the resolution by the student body at the University of Vermont and reached out to Amnesty International to learn more about the process. She and colleague Adrie Kusserow, associate professor of Anthropology met with the Amnesty International Legislative Coordinator for Vermont to learn more. Over the summer, Myers and Farrelly worked together to prepare a resolution that could be presented to the Senate in the Fall 2018 semester. This comes following a wave of similar resolutions being passed in communities around the country, largely in part due to the work being done by Amnesty International. “It is very important that we as a community recognize the great impact that refugees have had not just in this country, but also on our own campus,” states Jake Myers. “We need to make sure they feel welcomed and included in our classrooms, in our residences, and in the Saint Michael’s community.” Alumnus Sen. Patrick Leahy '61 communicated that he was delighted to hear about the passage of this resolution. 

Professor Bauer-Ramazani Featured Speaker


Christine Bauer-Ramazani, director of English Language Programs (Applied Linguistics Department) at Saint Michael's, was an invited featured plenary speaker at the CoTESOL Convention in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 2-3, 2018, speaking on “Engaging, encouraging, empowering teachers and learners with technology.”  Her TechSIG presentation on “Engaging Learners in and out of the Classroom: A Collaborative Speaking Project with Mobile, Cloud, and Classroom Technology” was also well-received. With 700 attendees, CoTESOL is one of the largest TESOL affiliates in the U.S. Christine was especially pleased to be welcomed by members of the CoTESOL Executive Board, which she had belonged to in the early 1980s, when she lived and taught in Denver and Boulder, Colorado. The photo above right shows Christine presenting at the Convention.

Scholars Establish SMC Fulbright Association

There are currently nine Fulbright Scholars studying at Saint Michael's College. In November, these students came together to create an SMC Fulbright Association. 


Professor Raichle Farrelly Co-Editor

Raichle recently co-edited a volume entitled Educating Refugee-background Students: Critical Issues and Dynamic Contexts and she is currently co-editing a Special Issue of the European Journal of Applied Linguistics comprising international research under the same theme. Janet and Raichle both volunteer as English language teachers of adult refugee-background students in Winooski through the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and often welcome SMC undergraduate students completing community engaged learning hours for Professor Adrie Kusserow as well as MA TESOL students completing practicum hours for various MA TESOL courses, including Teaching Refugee-background Students, Introduction to Language Teaching, and Practicum II.

Spring 2016 Newsletter (Vol 1, Issue 1) 

Fall 2015 Newsletter (Vol 3, Issue 1)

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