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Intercultural Studies Department

The mission of the graduate intercultural studies programs at Wheaton College is to develop Christian professionals skilled in theory and practice for culturally-relevant service in a constantly changing world.

Meeting the World's Need

The current world-wide geopolitical atmosphere has led to remarkable opportunities for those who know how to enter and engage in viable ministry and work in cross-cultural settings. The Intercultural Studies department at Wheaton College seeks to meet this need by providing comprehensive, practical training for cross-cultural service. 

Our Programs

The M.A. in Intercultural Studies prepares you for professional ministry in diverse cultural settings. Our mission is to develop effective cross cultural professionals who are competent communicators of Christ, sensitive to other cultures, and effective servants. 

Many of these students go on to work in church, parachurch, missions, and NGO settings, as well as working as authors, educators, and more. The modular program allows you to keep your job while earning your degree through in-person and online coursework.

The M.A. in TESOL and Intercultural Studies provides teachers with a solid foundation in the field of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).

Designed for both novice and experienced English language teachers, this program is the standard professional degree for positions in universities, language institutes, community colleges, and adult education programs. The program allows you to keep your job while earning your degree through in-person and online coursework but is also available in a residential format, either full-time or part-time, allowing you to learn alongside a close learning community.

The Institute for Cross-Cultural Training (ICCT) equips individuals called to global mission fields with skills of learning another language and culture and optional workshops  prepare them for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Generally, our ICCT students are looking careers that may or may not involve teaching, but nonetheless living in a cross-cultural setting in which acquisition of the native language is essential. For those careers that do involve teaching, the ICCT program will prepare them for jobs that do not require and M.A. or K-12 teaching license.

Graduate students can complete Elementary K-9 Certification or Secondary Certification courses to earn a state-approved ESL or Bilingual Education teaching endorsement. To earn an ESL or Bilingual Education endorsement a teacher must hold a valid Illinois teaching certificate or be enrolled in our Masters of Teaching program.

These students generally target the K-12 job market.

Intercultural Studies Department Features

In order to offer our students the best education possible, our faculty invest their time in research and professional opportunities, our alumni stay connected even when oceans away, and we continually evaluate our own program practices. Our department features: 

  • 1,000+ alumni serving nationally and around the world
  • World-class faculty who have authored relevant publications with practical intersections in the global community
  • Flexible programs for both Intercultural Studies and TESOL degrees to provide opportunity for study while continuing ministry
  • The opportunity to connect with a diverse group of peers from all over the world and to be part of an inclusive learning community
  • Students are encouraged to participate in internships and other real-world opportunities so as to apply course-work learning in a practical manner
  • A deliberate education on cultural contexts and how to bridge the divide between peoples through the Holy Spirit
  • Based upon your professional and ministry experience, the GRE exam entry requirement may be waived