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The Middlebury Institute partners with WorldTeach to give students the opportunity to gain real-world teaching experience while earning a Master of Arts in TESOL.

Available to incoming students, the Institute’s TESOL/WorldTeach program allows you to teach in a variety of exciting locations and settings worldwide. While attaining a degree from the Institute and completing WorldTeach service, students apply theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom to real-life teaching settings.

How It Works

  • Students enroll for two semesters at the Middlebury Institute campus to complete core TESOL courses.

  • Students then fulfill either one semester or one year of WorldTeach service.

  • Upon completion of service, TESOL/WorldTeach students return to the Institute for one final semester (or two if completing a specialization).

The WorldTeach Programs

  • WorldTeach programs vary by country. In many cases, volunteers live with host families, and housing/food is included in the program costs.

  • The Institute will work with the student and WorldTeach to ensure that the assignment supports our degree studies and the mission of WorldTeach.


Returned WorldTeach volunteers are guaranteed a half-tuition scholarship for their final semester of study. The scholarship is dependent upon successful completion of the WorldTeach service. Students can also apply for merit scholarships and financial aid for their studies at the Institute prior to their WorldTeach service.

WorldTeach Program Costs

Some country partners are willing and able to generously fund all costs, thus eliminating the volunteer commitment completely. However, the majority of countries and schools that most need WorldTeach help cannot afford to cover all of the costs associated with supporting a volunteer teacher overseas.

If the host country is unable to fund the entire placement, the volunteer is responsible for the remaining costs. This is why each country program has a different fee. Find more information on specific costs.

Admission Requirements and Applications

Prospective students need to apply to the Institute and WorldTeach separately.

Applying to the Institute

Applying to WorldTeach

Students admitted to the Middlebury Institute Master of Arts in TESOL can apply to WorldTeach before beginning their degree program or while enrolled during their first year in the program. Students should check application dates carefully on the WorldTeach website.

In order to participate in WorldTeach, students must successfully complete the following courses prior to their service:

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching II

  • Educational Research Methods

  • Language Analysis

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Structure of English

  • Language Assessment

  • Second Language Acquisition