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English for Educational Purposes

The English Language Center (ELC) has supported graduate students at Vanderbilt’s Peabody School of Education and Human Development since 2010 with the US Education Concepts & Communication program.

US Education Concepts & Communication (USECC)

USECC Instructor and Students.
USECC Students Working in Groups.

This Fall semester program is designed to support incoming students who have a first language other than English at Vanderbilt’s Peabody School of Education and Human Development with the language skills and cultural knowledge necessary to benefit more fully from their academic program. This program combines advanced-level language instruction with orientation and cultural activities.

Program Objectives:

  • Understand educational concepts in the context of the U.S. educational system
  • Communicate effectively in presentations and discussions
  • Develop confidence in participating in graduate-level academic discourse
  • Explore and utilize educational research tools
USECC Student Presentations.
USECC Student Presentations.

In addition, this course provides an important introduction to U.S. education history, social context, and policies, as well as information specific to studying at Peabody College.

The ELC offers a wide variety of additional courses and workshops for Vanderbilt University students, scholars, faculty, and staff at little or no cost. Students may take courses through the ELC in addition to USECC; however, other courses will not fulfill this academic requirement. Learn more about the programs available at the ELC.

Important Dates:

  • Fall semester


Students are given enrollment information prior to the course.


How do I register for the course?
Registration for admitted students will open shortly after the start of the fall semester. More information will be posted at a later date.

What if the class conflicts with my academic courses or work schedule?
The courses are scheduled so that they do not interfere.

Is there a fee for the course?
Yes, the fee of $100 will show on your student account.

How is the class graded and who receives information about my performance in the course?
The class is pass/fail and includes an individualized plan for continued study. You and your academic advisor or program director for your degree program will receive the results. The ELC may make recommendations to you and your advisor regarding additional courses.


If you should have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at

For more information regarding course content, please contact:

Jim Cracraft, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-0247

For more information regarding eligibility, please contact:

Susan M. Barone, Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277