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5 Months International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) for Secondary School Teachers in the United States

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) provides international teachers with an opportunity to enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. International Leaders in Education Program offers semester-long professional development opportunities at US universities. The program consists of academic seminars on leadership, curriculum development, lesson planning, instructional technology, and new teaching methodologies. ILEP includes a practicum with a US partner teacher. The program provides cultural enrichment, mentoring, and support.

Program Details

The International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) brings outstanding secondary school teachers of English, math, science social studies, and special education in the previously listed disciplines from the Near East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Western Hemisphere to the United States. Participants further develop expertise in their subject areas, enhance their teaching skills and increase their knowledge about the United States. International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) teachers participate in a five-month academic program at U.S. university graduate schools of education.

ILEP includes subject-specific strategies for teachers in the disciplines of math, science, social studies and English as a foreign or second language. The program lasts for one semester (five months) and includes an internship at a U.S. secondary school to actively immerse participants in an American classroom.

Eligibility for the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

Applicants must be:

  • Current secondary school-level, full-time teachers in a school that serves a primarily local (not expatriate) population;
  • Have five or more years of classroom experience in ILEP teaching disciplines: English, EFL, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, or special education
  • Be citizens of and residents in eligible ILEP countries;
  • Have earned a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Obtain a minimum score of 500 on paper based TOEFL or 61 on an internet based TOEFL;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to continue teaching after completion of the program; and
  • Have submitted a complete application.

Former participants of ILEP, TEA, Partners in Education (PiE) or the Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program may not apply. If you have participated in other programs funded by the U.S. government, please talk to the Fulbright Commission/US Embassy in your country about your eligibility

Goals of the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP)

  • Build lasting relationships that promote international understanding and collaboration between US and international teachers and students.
  •  Provide in-service professional development to enhance teachers’ expertise in their teaching disciplines and furnish them with a deeper understanding of best practices in teaching methodologies, lesson planning, and the use of technology in education.
  •  Contribute to improving teaching in participating countries by preparing Fellows to serve as teacher leaders who are equipped to apply and share their experience and skills with their colleagues and students upon returning home.


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