Teaching American as a foreign language is an occupation in demand after President Obama gave a controversial green light to train a million new teachers over the next five years.
Education lobby groups initially welcomed the news but quickly turned on the President after it emerged that the newly qualified teachers would all be stationed overseas at taxpayers expense.
TAFL students will also be paid a training allowance of up to 80% of the salary a of qualified language teacher in government school employment and should complete their training within three months.
Deputy secretary of ED Anthony Miller admitted the announcement had come as a bit of a shock and with the program due to start in three months time he now faces the daunting task of finding, vetting, interviewing and employing 80,000 teachers in just 12 weeks.
Secretary of State Clinton speaking on Morning News applauded the move as a significant leap forward in American educational history.
"It's a bold move but it's the right move. The President was shocked to discover on recent foreign trips that many millions of people around the world are unable to speak American. I first noticed it when my husband was President, Scotland was always a particularly harrowing experience."
Potential teachers and students will be asked to contact their local colleges for information and application forms in a major advertising campaign on TV, radio, newspapers and the internet due to be aired from Monday onwards.