Korean Initiative

This program is designed to assist Korean students in the development of their oral and written English language skills. This is a major reason for placing each Korean student in an elementary or middle school classroom throughout the fall and spring semesters. This involvement in a classroom will enable students to observe teaching in a United States school and will assist students in the development of English through communication and interaction with English-speaking elementary and secondary children, in the classroom. This is NOT a TESOL program.

For more information about the Korean Initiative contact Dr. Andrew K. Ha, Program Coordinator and Academic Adviser (315) 267-2124.

Korean Initiative Program General Information

  • For individuals who have a four year undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited university and who have the minimum required TOEFL score
  • Is a 34-credit graduate program in Curriculum and Instruction leading to a Master of Science in Education degree with a focus on Teaching English (This is NOT a TESOL Program)
  • You can transfer up to nine (9) graduate credits pending approval of an academic advisor.
  • There is a program fee (see fact sheet) to secure placement in the program.
  • There is a practicum in area public schools.

Korean Initiative Fact Sheet

Please read this Fact Sheet and have a clear understanding of this program before applying. If you have any questions after reading this Fact Sheet, please contact Dr. Andrew Ha or Kristin Jordan

Download the Korean Fact Sheet (PDF)

Required Forms 

Forms needed for the Korean Initiative Program at SUNY Potsdam.  Students must read the Korean Initiative Fact Sheet before applying to the program