The Peace Corps Master’s International program allows volunteers to incorporate Peace Corps service as credit in a master’s degree program in a variety of education fields at more than 80 academic institutions nationwide, including Georgia State University. Prospective students apply separately to the Peace Corps and to a participating graduate school. Once accepted by both, students will study on campus, usually for one year, and then spend the next two years earning academic credit and gaining experience while working overseas in a related Peace Corps project. Most schools provide students with opportunities for research or teaching assistantships, scholarships, or tuition waivers for the credits earned while serving in the Peace Corps
To find a Master’s International program in education, use the searchable database. Many of the service partnerships lead to a Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Applied Mathematics, Applied Linguistics, or other areas of teaching and education. Some programs lead to K-12 teaching certification for that particular state, and others prepare individuals for careers in educational policy, higher education, and related fields.
The Paul Coverdell Fellowships are available to volunteers who have completed their Peace Corps service abroad and who wish to continue working in underserved communities while also pursuing a higher degree in the U.S. To find a graduate program, go to the searchable database. Various programs lead to initial teacher certification in particular states including the M.A.T. program for Peace Corps Fellows at Georgia College and State University. Specific information about each program can be found through the database links to individual websites.