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This joint venture between HSU and the Peace Corps was inaugurated in October 2000. The MIP offers students the chance to combine academic course work with practical field experience in a foreign country. Students will take one year of courses and, if accepted by the Peace Corps, will complete approximately 12 weeks of pre-service training. Upon successfully completing the training, students will become Peace Corps volunteers and begin a two-year tour of service in their country of assignment. After returning to the U.S., students will complete another semester of academic work and write a master’s project based on their field experience abroad. Students will then have earned a Master of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in teaching English as a second language (TESL).
Students must meet all academic requirements for admission to HSU’s graduate programs as well as the requirements established by the Peace Corps for volunteer service. Because of disparities in admissions timetables between the two institutions, students are advised to begin the Peace Corps application procedure several months before applying for graduate study at HSU.
Students are encouraged to begin academic courses during the fall semester.
Year One: Take All of the Following Courses during the First Two Semesters
Communication 322: Intercultural Communication
English 417: Second-Language Acquisition*
English 600: Fundamentals of Research
English 614: Teaching Writing to ESL Students
English 635: Issues in English as a Second/Foreign Language
English 684: Internship in Teaching ESL
Modern Language Study (4 Units)
Years Two and Three: Active Peace Corps Service
Year Four (Third Semester at HSU): Take All of the Following Courses
English 436: Integrating Language and Content in English Instruction*
English 615: Writing Workshop
English 618: Linguistic and Rhetorical Approaches to Writing*
or English 328: Structure in American English
English 694: Field Experience: Observe and Reflect
English 695: Culminating Activity: Critical Analysis of Field Experience
*Prerequisites exist for these courses and may add to the total number of units required for the degree (41).
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