Can I go on to do a PhD after I complete my Peace Corps service and my MA at the Monterey Institute?
Our TESOL M.A. provides excellent preparation for PhD work. Many of our graduates over the years have gone on for doctorates. PhD admissions committees tend to value candidates who have gotten some work experience before enrolling in a doctoral program, so some time spent in the Peace Corps would be ideal. Also, Peace Corps service may give you the opportunity to acquire a new language, which would be a plus for a linguistics doctoral degree.
Some students choose to stay an extra semester at MIIS (whether or not they do the Peace Corps program) and complete a specialization — i.e., they get additional education and specialized training. We currently offer specializations in (a) Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL), (b) Language Program Administration (LPA), International Education Management (IEM), and (c) TESOL or TFL. (For example, if you are completing your M.A.
When is the application deadline? Is there any possibility of beginning the program this coming semester?
There is no firm deadline for admission. Students can start the program in either fall or spring semester.
Students typically start the M.A. program in September and attend two full semesters. In June or July (depending on the Peace Corps placement process), you would go into the Peace Corps. This commitment is for two years of service. Then you would return to school in September and graduate that December.
What kinds of financial aid packages are available while pursuing the MATESOL degree via the PCMI Program? Are there any graduate research or teaching assistant positions?
There are many scholarships, work-study positions, and graduate assistantships at MIIS. In addition, a large proportion of the students who are U.S. citizens have some kind of financial aid. Please check out the MIIS website for complete information. The tuition is typical of private schools. (Please check the website for the actual amount.) Also, since MIIS does not have doctoral programs, students who apply for scholarships or graduate assistantships here are not competing with PhD candidates.
Does the TESOL/TFL degree program offer any alternative "internships" that do not involve Peace Corps service?
Yes. MIIS TESOL candidates have participated in both U.S.-based and international internships. We can also work with you to assist you in developing your own short-term professional experience. There are many opportunities to teach part-time in the Monterey area, including at one of the three area adult schools, one of the two local community colleges, or at MIIS itself. However, we don't recommend that you teach during your first semester. You can contact Ms. Edy Rhodes in the Center for Advising and Career Services for more information on this point.
How do the application processes for MIIS and Peace Corps coincide? Do I have to be accepted in the Peace Corps before applying as a PCMI candidate at MIIS?
As long as your Peace Corps application process is under way by the time you arrive on campus at MIIS to attend classes, you are officially considered a PCMI candidate. You are not required to have already been accepted by the Peace Corps. If, however, you arrive on campus to begin classes without having submitted your Peace Corps application, you will not be considered a PCMI candidate.