About PDPI at SF State

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San Francisco State University

San Francisco State University is one of 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system — the nation’s largest comprehensive higher education system serving more than 474,000 students. San Francisco State University provides education services to students from nearly 100 countries.

Ever since it was established in 1899 as a teacher-training school, SF State has been known for its commitment to excellence in teaching. Students work closely with senior professors and other instructors from freshman year through graduation. Trained in some of the finest institutions in the world, faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers and professionals devoted to solving community problems. SF State awards bachelor’s degrees in 77 academic areas with an additional 48 areas of concentration and master’s degrees in 63 academic areas with an additional 41 areas of concentration, including M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Program and a doctorate in educational leadership. A variety of teaching credential programs are also offered, including: Multiple Subject (Elementary School) Teaching Credential, Single Subject (Middle/High School) Teaching Credential, Single Subject (Middle/High School) Teaching Credential, Early Childhood Special Education Added Authorization and Preliminary Education Specialist Instruction Credential.

SF State’s motto is Experientia Docet — Experience Teaches. Graduates consistently say that hands-on learning is what helped them most when beginning their careers. Students apply their talents and classroom learning to real-world challenges through community-service learning, credit-earning internships and participation with community-focused centers and institutes that address issues relating to health, education, the environment, business, child care and underserved communities.

About San Francisco State University

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College of Professional & Global Education

The College of Professional & Global Education at SF State offers a wide variety of continuing adult education courses and programs to prepare students for career advancement, career change or personal growth. We offer weekend, evening and online courses, professional development certificates, online bachelor's degree completion, and access to thousands of transferable degree-credit University classes.

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American Language Institute

The American Language Institute (ALI) has been helping students reach their personal and professional goals since 1961. The ALI features:

  • well-trained and enthusiastic teachers and small classes with individual attention to all students
  • a curriculum that provides strategies to understand and use English at an American university
  • advisors to help student apply to SF State and assist you with immigration questions, academics and American life
  • a regular program of student activities to help students enjoy the city and American culture

SF State has designed a tailored curriculum to provide the PDPI teachers with a robust training program in English teaching methodology.

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SF State M.A. TESOL Program

The program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, founded in 1964, is one of the oldest and largest of its kind. The concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program emphasizes a combination of theory, contemporary research and practical classroom teaching methodology.

The program maintains vibrant relationships with ESL programs throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including community colleges, adult schools, and community based programs, providing rich opportunities for practical experience and mentoring and for grounding student projects in real teaching contexts that fit their interests and career goals.

Graduates of the M.A. TESOL program have gone on to become language teachers, teacher trainers, program directors and TESOL faculty in adult education, community-based organizations, colleges and universities.

About IIE

The Institute of International Education (“IIE” or the “Institute”) is a New York not-for-profit corporation that is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations. Founded in 1919, IIE promotes educational exchange around the world through a wealth of programs and services including Fellowship and Scholarship Management, Higher Education Institutional Development, Emergency Student and Scholar Assistance and Leadership Development.

For more than 90 years, IIE has promoted educational exchange around the world. The Institute currently implements more than 200 programs benefiting 40,000 participants from 183 countries. Foremost among these programs is the world-renowned Fulbright Program, which IIE has had the honor to administer on behalf of the U.S. Department of State since the program’s inception in 1946. In addition to the U.S. Department of State, program sponsors include: the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); World Bank; major philanthropic foundations; private and public corporations; foreign governments; and individuals.

With IIE’s global headquarters in New York City, IIE has offices around the world, including offices in the United States (Washington D.C., Chicago, Denver, Houston and San Francisco) and in other countries (China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Vietnam).

With funding from CAPES, the Institute of International Education (IIE) will administer the PDPI Brazil English Teachers Program.

For more information, please visit the IIE website.


CAPES is a foundation within the Ministry of Education in Brazil whose central purpose is to coordinate efforts to improve the quality of Brazil’s faculty and staff in higher education through grant programs. CAPES is particularly concerned with the training of doctoral candidates, pre-doctoral short-term researchers, and post-doctoral Scholars.

The CAPES Foundation is a public foundation established in 1951 within the Ministry of Higher Education, as a Brazilian government agency awarding scholarship grants to graduate students at universities and research centers in Brazil and abroad. At present CAPES supports about 22,000 students in Brazilian graduate programs and 1,500 in other countries.

As part of a strategic plan to improve English language teaching and teacher training, the Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) is funding a professional development program for high school English teachers. The program will send up to 958 teachers from all states in Brazil to the U.S. for six weeks of in-service English language study and practice in TEFL methodology, as well as exposure to U.S. culture and society.

For more information, please visit the CAPES website.