Peace Corps Master's International Curriculum


The PCMI program has been discontinued and is not taking applications. 

Below are the curriculum requirements for students already enrolled:

MTSL 502 Pedagogical Grammar (3 Credits)

Focuses on language analysis, dealing with issues of interlanguage development, contrastive analysis, and discourse analysis. Students learn how to approach grammar from a variety of pedagogical perspectives.

MTSL 504 Introduction to Sociolinguistics (3 Credits)

Examines issues pertaining to English, its multiple uses and contexts with focus on critical applied linguistics examining underlying conditions for

MTSL 508 Principles of Second Language Acquisition (3 Credits)

Examines major theoretical concepts in the field, such as input and interaction, language learner strategies and routines, negotiating meaning, L2 motivation and investment, and linguistic, cognitive and social developmental processes within sociocultural contexts.

MTSL 510 Assessment in the ESL Classroom (3 Credits)

Focuses on familiarization with the principles of test design for language instruction at various levels. Includes readings in testing theory and opportunities to create and evaluate testing instruments.

MTSL 514/EDTE 566 Literacy and English
Language Learners (3 credits)

This course examines literacy practices as complex activities related to English as second language learners. Students will create classroom materials for K to adult learners to support multiple literacies.

MTSL 517 Phonology Workshop (1 Credit)

Introduces the International Phonetic Alphabet and covers basic techniques for improving second-language learners' pronunciation, using recording analysis to plan strategies and design materials.

MTSL 600 Research Perspectives in Second
Language Education (3 Credits)

Introduces research methods and resources in the discipline with a focus on qualitative classroom-based approaches. A required prerequisite for MTSL 687.

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In conjunction with the public schools, Gonzaga MA/TESL-PCMI offers a three-week, four-credit intensive TESOL Summer Institute each July. The Institute consists of coursework (MTSL 401/501) and a Language Camp (MTSL 480/580) for ESL students. Summer Institute participants receive a TESOL certificate upon successful completion of the course.

  • MTSL 501 Theory and Practice of Language
    Teaching (3 Credits)

    This intensive course investigates current theories in second language acquisition and ESL/EFL methodology. While observing, assisting and teaching in MA/TESL Language Camp, students focus on their particular teaching situations, areas of interest, or research field.

  • MTSL 580 Language Camp (1 Credit)

    An integral feature of the Institute is a one-credit language camp. In conjunction with Spokane Public Schools, the Camp provides a unique opportunity for its participants to work with ESL students of various ages, nationalities, and proficiency levels. Included in this enhanced hands-on experience are opportunities for observation, teaching, and participation in social activities with ESL students.


In addition to the on-campus TESOL Summer Institute, Gonzaga MA/TESL offers a three-week intensive TESOL in Tuscany certificate course in various cities worldwide, including Florence, Italy; Nagoya, Japan; and Krakow, Poland; Cusco, Peru; Leon; Mexico. Check out the website for updated locations: The program offers a survival language component, as well as practical teaching experience with local students, and excursions!

MTSL 501 Theory and Practice of
Language Teaching (2 Credits)

MTSL 580 Language Camp
Practicum (1 Credit)


PCMI students can choose one of the following electives:

MTSL 454/ETDE 454 World Languages (3 Credits)

This course presents theories and methods appropriate to teaching a foreign language in the secondary school. (Fulfills Methods requirements for K-12 Endorsement)

MTSL 503 (3 Credits)

Immigrant and Refugee Perspectives (3 credits) A hands-on introduction to the lives of immigrants and refugees in the local area, with emphasis on second language learning and teaching. Students also visit local refugee and immigrant organizations.

MTSL 516 Technology in Second-Language
Education (3 Credits)

Explores current trends in technological approaches to second-language teaching and learning. Hands-on component will enable students to practice searching for and retrieving information for classroom use with a focus on teaching with technology in the language classroom.

MTSL 570/ENGL 570 History of the
English Language (3 credits)

This course will provide background in basic concepts of linguistics, principles of language change and historical linguistic study and the development of the English language.



MTSL 683 Peace Corps Training & Reflection (3 credits)

Peace Corps Trainees/Volunteers undergo up to 10 weeks of training in country—language, cross-culture and technical (i.e., TESL/TEFL training). This experience is one of the most substantive educational experiences that a PCV will have given the following: training expertise, in-country experience, PC trainee motivation and investment, theory/practice integration.

MTSL 684 Peace Corps Field Research (3 credits)

PCVs are well poised to conduct research in country. PCMI-PCVs will use their MTSL 600 research course combined with their MTSL 683—PC training and reflection—to collect and analyze data using ethnographic, action and teacher-research methodologies. PCVs will be assigned an advisor who will work with students in country if it is PC appropriate (e.g., suitable technology, related to assignment).

MTSL 685 Peace Corps Service (0 credit)

Students are enrolled in 685 throughout their 27-month Peace Corps Service. In addition to teaching and teacher training in country, students also develop and implement projects that serve their host country nationals and contribute to their overall PC experience.

MTSL 687 Peace Corps Culminating Project (4 credits)

This course is one that bridges the divide between the initial Gonzaga experience and the PC experience. The course will showcase the RPCV’s ongoing development of a portfolio that includes:

    1. teaching video (if technologically appropriate),
    2. curriculum unit that includes daily lesson plans, materials developed for teaching and assessing developed by the student,
    3. reflection journal, a practical journal and other miscellaneous material (either online or off).

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