This list is not exhaustive. Is your question not in the list below? Go ahead and ask us!
Are there scholarship opportunities for the program?
Can I bring a vehicle?
Yes! Much of your ministry will be in the area of your apartment, so you may not need to drive. But Houston is a large city and the mass transit system is not very efficient. A vehicle will be very helpful for getting around. If you are bringing a vehicle, please ensure you budget enough money for gas and maintenance. Also consider a security system or “club” for protection from thieves.
Can I get FAFSA to help pay for costs?
Can I watch movies or TV during my time?
Can married students attend? Does the price change?
Yes! Married students can attend. If they have a family, they can come too! But the price does change since we do not allow married students or families to live in the group housing. Instead, we will help the student(s) locate their own apartment in the correct area. The student(s) will then be responsible for paying their own rent and utilities. The average price for a two bedroom apartment in the area is $900/month. Utilities can get up to $200/month during the summer.
Tuition for married students is $4000 for the first spouse, and $2000 for the second.
Do I need to have ESL teaching experience?
Do I need to have prior experience in teaching ESL to come to this course?
Do the tuition fees include the costs for a degree?
No. The $790 a month cost only covers your basic tuition and housing. This is because not all students choose to pursue the degree option. Any students wanting to transfer their credits to Covenant Theological Seminary for the degree will need to budget additional finances to cover the extra fees.
There is a schedule of potential costs and more information at http://globalfrontiermissions.org/missionary-training-school/covenant-theological-seminary-bible-degree-for-gfm-mts-graduates/
Do you accept scholarships from outside sources, though you don’t provide them yourself?
Do you have a similar program for high school students?
Does admission into MTS guarantee my spot in the ESL certification program?
How can I find out more specifics on the possible degrees offered?
Go visit our partners at Covenant Theological Seminary. http://www.cts-greenville.com/wpsf/?page_id=8240 has the details on the degree offered and how you apply for it.
How long does the TEFL certification last?
How many classroom hours per week will there be?
We won’t have many classroom hours per week. Most of the learning will happen through our online portal and will be self-directed. We will meet for 2-3 hours once or twice a week to discuss the videos and books and to spend time in prayer and discipleship. You will be expected to fulfill the 10-15 hours of practical ministry time each week by working in our English Program for refugees.
How much money do I need to raise for the 10 months?
We suggest at least $15,000 for your time if you are a single student living in GFM housing. $7,900 is for your housing and tuition. The remaining amount is to allow you to pay your bills (cell phone, automotive, etc), buy groceries and personal items as well as have some fun with your team. You will also want to plan for trips home at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Married students living in their own housing will need to figure out their budget outside of their tuition. Depending on the size of your family, we suggest about $2,000 a month above your tuition costs.
Is there a discount if I bring a friend?
Yes! If you are registered and accepted for MTS:ESL and you refer a friend, then you will be eligible for a $575 credit on your tuition.
* Amount is equivalent to the MTS:ESL tuition, housing and utilities portion of your monthly cost.
* Referred friend must apply and be fully accepted into the same MTS:ESL program you are attending. Credit will be applied to your account once your friend has paid the required 50% of tuition due by the start of class.
* Credit amount is for a single student living in GFM group housing. Amount is lower for married couples attending who refer a student (not their spouse).
What does ministry look like during school?
Your ministry times will primarily consist of working with an established ESL program for refugees. You could be teaching a class (with assistance), preparing lessons, doing administrative work and visiting students homes to practice. You are required to have ten ministry hours each week but no more than fifteen.
What does the Missionary Training School curriculum include?
Visit our curriculum page for all the details!
What if I am already a certified teacher?
What if I want ESL experience but don’t want to get certified?
What is the application deadline?
What is the difference between the Houston MTS and the Atlanta MTS?
Where can the ESL certification be used?
The certification you can receive will be accredited and accepted in many countries around the world. But, as each institution and country have different standards, we cannot guarantee you being allowed to teach there. It is your responsibility to research the standards and necessary credentials for the country/institution you are wanting to work with after graduation.
Where will I be living?
Will there be an internet connection in the apartment?
Yes. There is a large online component to your training so GFM will provide a high speed internet connection in each apartment. You will also be allowed to use the connection for personal activities like surfing, video chatting, social media, etc. Please limit your personal time on the internet so that it doesn’t impact school and ministry time. Any student found to be abusing the internet, especially in terms of the content being viewed (ie. pornography) will be facing discipline including dismissal from the program.
Will you accept international students in the program?
Would taking this class in Houston enable one to be fully able to go to the field and work somewhere in ESL/TESOL environment? So no other degrees are needed?
There are no guarantees that our program would give you all the requirements to head overseas to teach English. Every country and the hiring companies/organizations inside have their own requirements. Typically you will need at least an accredited bachelors degree to go with your TEFL/TESOL certification.