Combine your master's degree in TESOL with Peace Corps service through the Peace Corps Master's International Program (PCMI).

PCMI Program Overview

Available to Fall and Spring incoming students, the Peace Corp Master's International (PCMI) program uniquely prepares students to fulfill challenging Peace Corps field assignments in developing countries.  While attaining a degree from the Monterey Institute and carrying out the Peace Corps mission, students will apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to real-life teaching and teacher training settings.

How it Works

  1. PCMI students enroll for two semesters at the Monterey Institute campus to complete core TESOL courses.
  2. PCMI students then fulfill 27 months of Peace Corps service (3 months of training in country followed by 24 months of service). 
  3. Upon completion of service, TESOL PCMI students return to the Monterey Institute campus for one final semester.

The Peace Corps Assignment

TESOL Peace Corps volunteers work in secondary school or university English as a foreign language (EFL) classes and EFL teacher training positions.  Teaching or teacher training constitutes volunteers primary responsibility. Secondary assignments or projects (generally obligatory in Peace Corps assignments) are dependent upon volunteers’ skills and interests as well as particular community needs. Some examples of secondary projects include:

  • Writing grant proposals for a variety of community needs
  • Working in an orphanage
  • Fund-raising
  • Running youth summer camps
  • Starting a library
  • Translating and interpreting for local organizations

The Monterey Institute will work with the student and the Peace Corps to ensure that the assignment supports the degree studies and the mission of the Peace Corps.

Scholarships Available to PCMI Students

Returned PCMI students are guaranteed a half-tuition scholarship for their final semester of study. The scholarship is dependent upon successful completion of the Peace Corps assignment. Students may also apply for merit scholarships and financial aid for their studies at the Monterey Institute prior to Peace Corps service.

How to Apply

Prospective students should apply to the Monterey Institute and Peace Corps separately. Review admission requirements and apply to the Monterey Institute online.  To learn more about applying for Peace Corps, visit the official Peace Corps website.

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