Practicum Field Placements
All students in the M.A. TESOL program are required to complete a practicum field placement. These placements generally take place during the semester that the student is enrolled in INTR 613, Classroom Dynamics Practicum in TESOL. The practicum field placement is a limited internship which requires about 8-10 weeks of involvement in a Chicago-area classroom, including supervised teaching or co-teaching of an ESL class. Students who work part-time or full-time as ESL teachers can use their current teaching situations for the field placement. Students who are not currently teaching ESL will be placed in a local ESL program at the K-12, adult, or higher education levels. The practicum field placement allows the faculty to provide valuable observation feedback to students. We can mentor teachers who are new to the profession and help experienced teachers fine-tune their teaching skills. For more information about the practicum field placement, please look at the memo (PDF) in this link:Practicum Student Memo.
Local Internship Opportunities
TESOL MA students who are new to the profession may want to gain more teaching experience than a practicum field placement can provide. To receive credit for an extended internship, students can register for INTR 696 as an elective course for 2 or 4 credit hours. Local internships involve a semester of assisting/teaching in a local ESL program. For example, World Relief’s education department offers a year-long internship (combined with the TESOL practicum) in their ESL programs in Wheaton and Aurora. This can be a paid internship when combined with work-study. Additional internship opportunities can be arranged with the ESL program at the Pui Tak Center in Chicago and with local community college ESL programs (College of DuPage, Waubonsee Community College, Harper College). These local internships are also popular options during the summer session, along with the overseas internships. Please see Dr. Alan Seaman for more information: Alan.Seaman@wheaton.edu
For information about internship requirements, please read the following link(PDF): Requirements for TESOL Teaching Internships.