Teach in China Application Instructions

 The deadline for the 2017-2018 Teach in China program is March 1, 2017.  Contact Stephanie Dana (stephanie.dana@drake.edu) with any questions.  Your application will be considered along with all other applicants to create a program cohort of up to 20 participants selected with the following criteria in mind: 

  1. Academic performance and extra-curricular experience. Placement preference will be given to those participants who can demonstrate previous teaching, tutoring, or mentoring experience 
  2. Demonstrated sense of maturity, responsibility and citizenship
  3. Ability to express how the Teach in China program will apply to personal and professional development goals
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of program placement schools and locations to be gained through program informational sessions, contact with current and/or former participants or with program staff.

Application procedure: 

1.  Teach in China applications appear online through Drake's International Program System and will be made available on February 1, 2017.  Instructions and access to the program application will be made available in January 2017.

The application will require you to provide the following materials:

    a.  Professional resume stressing any teaching, mentoring, tutoring, leadership experience. Resumes should also include professional/academic references and their contact information

     b. You will need to have two (2) letters of recommendation (one from a faculty reference and one from a professional reference) uploaded to the application site or sent directly to the Drake International Office. These letters of recommendation must be dated, appear on letterhead, and be addressed to the Teach in China Program. Letters will be used for program admission purposes AND by your employing school to secure your letters of invitation from the requisite Chinese government organizations. Letters from faculty should speak to your academic background, preparedness to face the challenges of living abroad and specifically your qualifications to teach conversational English. Letters from professional references should confirm your dates of employment and position(s) held and speak to your professionalism, work attitude and commitment to your work. Recommenders will receive instructions on how to submit their letters via email. Letters can sent by the recommender electronically via the application website or email directly to the Program Coordinator, Stephanie Dana, or via regular mail.

Applicants and those providing recommendations are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator, Stephanie Dana, with any questions. Stephanie Dana's contact information as follows: Drake University, Stephanie Dana, 1331 27th St., Des Moines, IA 50311(515) 271-3075. By entering names and emails addresses for those who will be providing recommendations they will be automatically sent instructions for submitting their letters.

      c. A copy of your undergraduate transcript showing your grades through Fall 2016 (and diploma if you've already graduated). Drake students can request a copy of their transcript for program admissions purposes free of charge by downloading and submitting the hardcopy request form to the Student Records Office. The hardcopy request form can be found within the Teach in China online application form. Non-Drake applicants can submit a copy of an official transcript or have an official copy sent to the CCEP Director's office.

The application must be completed and submitted no later than 12:00 noon, March 1, 2017 for placement consideration.  Please contact the Program Coordinator with any questions via e-mail or by phone at (515) 271-3075  or in person at The Point 103, Drake University, Des Moines, IA 50311.  

2.  After an initial review of application materials, interviews with Teach in China program staff will be scheduled for the week following the deadline, March 2-8.  Applicants who are not available for in-person interviews during that week may schedule an online interview with program staff.

3.  Applicants who are approved for placement in the program will be notified the week following interviews and should they accept placement in the Teach in China program their placement will be secured only by submission of the program deposit of $250 by March 24, 2017.  Program placement locations will then be announced in mid-April.




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