ECA E-Teacher Program Experiences Significant Growth

Ndeye Bineta, E-Teacher Ndeye Bineta, E-Teacher Sponsored by the Office of English Language Programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the E-Teacher Scholarship Program provides innovative distance-learning courses for non-U.S. citizen English as a Foreign Language (EFL) professionals. In its first year, 2004, the E-Teacher Program offered 104 scholarships, and it has been growing by leaps and bounds since then.  The E-Teacher Program provided 2357 scholarships from 2009-2012, and during the current 2012-2013 academic year alone, over 1200 EFL professionals will benefit from this high-quality distance education opportunity.  

Administered through the University of Oregon, the E-Teacher Scholarship Program connects participants with U.S. English language teaching experts and creates a professional network of international colleagues. The program also brings a group of outstanding participants to the U.S. each year for a professional development exchange.

“The E-Teacher program highlights the State Department’s efforts to provide professionals around the globe with the tools they need to succeed,” says Assistant Secretary Ann Stock. “Rather than a barrier, language learning is being used to build community in the participants’ home country, and build bridges around the world through the online teaching and learning community.”

“I have learned a lot through this program,” says Ndeye Bineta, an E-Teacher Scholarship Program participant from Senegal. “I understand that one of the objectives of the E-Teacher Scholarship Program is to promote English language teaching and the English language itself around the world. As an English as a Foreign Language Teacher, I believe that part of my duty is to do everything I can to contribute to the development of English language teaching and learning in my country.” Read Ndeye’s full story.

E-Teacher scholarships cover tuition and access to materials for courses offered four times a year. Candidates must reside in their country of citizenship and apply through the U.S. Embassy in that location. To learn about local application procedures, visit USEmbassy.Gov to contact the Public Affairs section in the nearest U.S. Embassy.