Professional Development

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Karen Rigsby, APU M.A. in TESOL

ELIC is very committed to the professional development of our teachers and staff. Because of this we offer a wide variety of opportunities to develop and grow professionally. All incoming teachers begin with a comprehensive orientation to teaching and culture that includes a TEFL Certificate from Wheaton College. From there, opportunities for professional development can be tailored to individual needs. Below you will find some of these options.

EARN A TEFL CERTIFICATE FROM WHEATON COLLEGE

One of the hallmarks of our organization and program is the unparalleled quality of training provided. All new teachers earn a TEFL Certificate from Wheaton College prior to entering the classroom. This training includes an introduction to teaching English as a foreign language, Asian culture and communication, and a post-course practicum component and is designed to ensure that each teacher arrives in the classroom well equipped for a rewarding teaching experience. Seminars on key aspects of culture, building relationships with students and team dynamics are some of the additional training components designed to ensure a satisfying and positive experience in Asia. This TEFL Certificate can be taken for credit and the credits may be applied towards our partnership MA program through Wheaton College.

EARN A MASTER’S DEGREE FROM WHEATON COLLEGE

This innovative program, offered by ELIC’s University Teaching Program, allows participants to enjoy a fulfilling teaching experience in Asia while simultaneously earning their Master’s level graduate degree. Since ELIC desires to equip its teachers for fruitful and effective long-term service in Asia, these graduate programs are available to provide the tools necessary for our teachers to become the most effective teachers possible. Presently we offer master’s degrees through Wheaton College.

M.A. Intercultural Studies and TESOL — from Wheaton College http://wheaton.edu/Academics/Departments/INTR/TESOL/Program-Options/ELIC

Through a special arrangement with our partnering institutions, ELIC is able to offer reduced tuition costs by approximately 40% off the normal on-campus rate. The cost of tuition, along with incidental expenses such as books, room and board, and summer travel to and from their chosen institution, becomes a part of the teacher profile and is covered through the teacher’s financial support.

Teachers complete the coursework in three different settings: intensive on-campus summer sessions, intensive mid-winter break sessions in Thailand taught by faculty from the institution offering the degree, and distance learning courses completed in Asia while teaching. The intensive summer and winter sessions also include pre-class assignments most often completed in respective teaching contexts.

Enrollment in the MA program requires application and acceptance by both ELIC’s University Teaching Program and the educational institution offering the degree. As ELIC teachers are required to complete at least two semesters of teaching in Asia with ELIC prior to beginning their graduate coursework, it is recommended that they complete their application while in Asia six months prior to starting their degree.

EARN GRADUATE LEVEL CREDIT (Post M.A.) in TEACHER MENTORING and/or MATERIALS DEVELOPMENT

David Rigsby, APU M.A. in TESOL

ELIC offers two additional professional development opportunities in TEFL to further enhance professional growth and effectiveness on the field. The Teacher Mentoring Certificate is designed to help experienced classroom teachers become effective in mentoring younger teachers. Each year those enrolled in this certificate are offered the opportunity to travel to North East India to mentor teachers in training. A second certificate focuses on Materials Development. Teachers enrolled in this specialization receive professional mentoring in designing and producing effective classroom materials and texts.

Both advanced specializations have been developed in conjunction with Wheaton College.

EARN A Ph.D. FROM BIOLA UNIVERSITY

For those who have served effectively in Asia and who have a continued long-term mindset, ELIC offers two Ph.D. degrees through a partnership with Biola University. These two degree options are in Inter-Cultural Education and Inter-Cultural Studies.

TAILORED MASTERS AND POST GRADUATE DEGREE OPPORTUNITIES

A number of our teachers and staff have been granted study leave to pursue other master’s degree or Ph.D. study options designed to enhance the effectiveness of their work.

LANGUAGE STUDY OPTIONS

Our experience over three decades of Asia service has been that learning the language aids significantly in adjustment to a new culture and in being able to work effectively with students in their cultural context. Because of this, we are strong advocates of language study. Language study typically follows at least one year of teaching. Among various language study opportunities in each of our countries of service, we have developed a highly-regarded language program on the campus of a Chinese university. One or two year study plans are available.

GRADUATE STUDENT LOAN REPAYMENT GRANT

ELIC offers a Legacy Track for those beginning with the University Teaching Program who make a long-term commitment from the outset. Participants in the Legacy Track who have previously graduated from programs and institutions compatible with ELIC’s vision are eligible to apply for a student loan repayment grant for eligible outstanding student loans taken in conjunction with those degrees. This grant is renewable annually over the first 4 years of service in Asia with ELIC. Limited funds are available for this grant opportunity.