Peace Corps Master's International
Degree: Master of Arts in Educational Studies
The Peace Corps Master’s International program at the School of Education combines the experience of working in educational settings abroad as a Peace Corps volunteer with an academic program that'll give you a broader and deeper knowledge of the issues you experienced while in the Peace Corps. The combined experience provides a rich base for future professional roles in education or public service.
Peace Corps Benefits
- Language, cross-cultural, and technical training
- Travel costs to and from the country of service
- Overseas living and housing expenses
- Full medical and dental coverage
- Vacation time
- Deferment or cancellation of certain government education loans
- Readjustment allowance of approximately $7,400 following completion of 27 months of service
- Career and transition assistance
The Master of Arts in Educational Studies program requires 30 credits. If you enroll in this program, you will first complete one or two semesters (12-24 credits) of coursework on campus. Afterward, you will serve overseas in the Peace Corps for 27 months. You'll receive six credits for your overseas experience and associated assignments (see below). Following the overseas work, you'll return to campus to make a presentation about your experiences and complete any additional credits required for the total of 30 credits before receiving your master’s degree.
Choose from among four threads representing key knowledge and skills needed for twenty-first-century employment and leadership in education:
- Teaching & Learning
- Digital Media & Education
- Educational Assessment & Evaluation
- Educational Policy & Leadership
We offer a flexible program that supports new training and knowledge in emerging areas (represented by threads), disciplinary expertise (through electives in the School of Education and other units on campus), and hands-on professional experiences (through Peace Corps participation). The following are example thread and course selections based on student interests:
- Knowledge in emerging areas is developed through primary thread courses: for example, a middle school science teacher might enroll in the Digital Media & Education thread to update her knowledge and skills of how to teach with technology. For her coursework, she might select EDUC 603: "Design-Based Research for Assessing Learning Environments"; EDUC 602 "Videogames, Learning, and School"; and 511: "Records of Practice," as her three primary thread courses in the Digital Media & Education thread. Similarly, an education major might choose the Educational Policy & Leadership thread. His three primary thread course selections could be 551: "School Organization and the Policy Environment," 641: "History of American Education," and 552: "Instructional Leadership in Schools."
- Disciplinary expertise is developed through elective and cognate courses:for example, a social studies teacher might be interested in deepening her knowledge about Africa and her knowledge about teaching social studies from a global perspective using digital media resources. She might select two cognate courses from U-M graduate social science departments (such as Global History and African Studies), and two School of Education electives (e.g., 635: "Research in the Social Studies," and 645: "Education and Cultural Studies") towards new thinking in social studies education. Alternatively, a sociology major interested in learning about educational change would take cognate courses in the U-M Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, and select 752: "Organization Theory and Research in Education" and 751: "The Social Context of Schooling" as education electives.
- Internship in professional setting: your Peace Corps experience plays its role here. While you’re in the field, we connect Peace Corps Masters International students with each other, our faculty, and on campus students, using blogs and web-based discussions. You complete a journal related to your experience and present this work as part of a mini-seminar upon your return to campus. You receive six credits towards the degree for the Peace Corps experience and related project work.
Funding and Benefits
You'll graduate with the combination of an advanced degree and two years of significant international professional experience. You'll also be eligible for all fellowship and assistantship opportunities open to all School of Education graduate students; in addition, you may earn up to six credits for service.
If you plan to teach upon completion of your degree, then you may be eligible for loans that are forgivable upon completion of two years of teaching experience. Please contact the Educational Studies department for funding information: firstname.lastname@example.org.