Peace Corps

Teaching English as a Foreign Language/Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Requirements

Required:    ENG 206 Intro to TESOL,
                     SOC 243 Sociology of Education OR
                     EDU 211 School and Society

Minimum of 4 semester hours (sh) from the following:

• ENG 205 Grammar
• ENG 301 Introduction to Linguistics
• ENG 319 Writing Center Workshop
• EDU 450 Teaching Diverse Learners (Elementary)
• EDU 451 Teaching Diverse Learners (Secondary)

Additional  4 semester hours (sh) from the above or from the following:

• ENG 204 Language in Society
• ENG 213 Introduction to Creative Writing
• ENG 215 Introduction to Professional Writing and Rhetoric
• ENG 219 Writing Studies Survey
• ENG 231 Introduction to World Literature
• ENG 302 History of the English Language
• ENG 305 American English
• ENG 310 International Rhetorics
• ENG 313 Special Topics in Professional Writing and Rhetoric*
• ENG 382 Teaching Internship
• ENG 414 Special Topics in Creative Writing*
• PSY 311 Psychology of Language
• PSY 312 Psychology of Education

*Subject to approval of Peace Corps Prep coordinator

Additional Peace Corp Prep requirements:

A minimum of two units of experiential learning requirements in any of the following areas:

Undergraduate Research:
Research topics should be relevant to PCPP track (e.g., Environmental science and sustainable agriculture or Global Health).

o 1 credit hour of research (courses numbered 498 or 499) = 1 unit
o Elon’s Summer Undergraduate Research Program = 2 units

Internships, service learning, or volunteer experiences
Very high consideration is given to those applicants that have volunteer service/internships in areas that are relevant to their track (e.g., Environmental science and sustainable agriculture or Global Health). Three months of hands-on experience is highly prized by the Peace Corps. Tutoring/teaching/at-risk program experience is also highly valued.


o 1 credit hour of internship = 1 unit
o Designated service-learning course = 1 unit
o Pre-approved service-learning experience mentored by the Kernodle Center = 1-2 units (40+ hours per unit)

Leadership experiences

o Completion of LED 210-Foundation of Leadership
o Pre-approved leadership experience mentored by the Center for Leadership = 1-2 units (40+ hours per unit)

Global experiences

o Studying or traveling abroad for min of 3 weeks (or approved length of time)

Work experiences

o 10 weeks (or approved length of time) of hands on work experience.  This could include working on a farm, in a clinic, etc.

IMORTANT NOTE: Even if you don’t meet the specific requirements of each category, the combination of many partially filled requirements can be of equal value in preparing for Peace Corps service.  Talk to your respective PCPP service area advisor to see how you can take advantage of combining partial requirements.