SIT Graduate Institute

Introduction

SIT Graduate Institute offers internationally focused master's degrees, certificates, and professional development programs in the fields of conflict transformation, international education, sustainable development, and TESOL. Since 1964, SIT has been preparing professionals to be successful in intercultural and international environments.

Master's Degree and Certificate Programs in a Variety of Content Areas and Formats

SIT Graduate Institute prepares students from across the globe to be effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. SIT’s graduate and professional development programs are rooted in the experiential education model, where learning occurs at the nexus of theory and practice. Students are trained to become highly skilled practitioners who have a commanding knowledge of the theoretical basis of their profession; experience in the field; and an awareness of their own capabilities, values, and ethics.

Students can choose from various MA, certificate, and professional development programs in fields ranging from international education to sustainable development to conflict transformation to language teaching. In order to accommodate diverse professional and personal objectives, programs of varying duration and format are offered on SIT’s historic 200-acre campus in Vermont; at the SIT Graduate Institute Washington, DC Center; online; and at overseas field sites. In each program area, students examine contemporary social, economic, and political issues, with particular attention to the human and ethical dimensions of these issues.

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MA in International Education

Campus or Online Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 USA Brattleboro + 1 more

SIT's Master of Arts in International Education, the oldest program of its kind, formally prepares more professionals in the field of international education than any other university in the [+]

Learn to plan and manage international education programs from a leader in the field. SIT Graduate Institute offers students the unique opportunity of earning a master’s degree in international education from an institution that provides international exchange, study abroad, and development programs. Students have valuable access to well-regarded international education and exchange programs, including SIT Study Abroad and The Experiment in International Living, administered from the SIT/World Learning campus. Through SIT’s experiential learning model, students develop skills and expertise related to advising, exchange management, nonformal and community education, and volunteer program management. Students may also take courses from the practitioner faculty teaching in SIT’s other degree programs to learn skills related to language teaching administration, sustainable development, conflict transformation, and other related areas as desired. The program combines faculty instruction with personal practice, analysis, and experience. Students examine the effect of globalism, internationalization efforts, changing technology, and educational policy on international education programs while also practicing skills and strategies in program development and management. SIT's Master of Arts in International Education program formally prepares more professionals in the field of international education than any other university in the world today and is the oldest program of its kind. Admissions To be considered for admission to the MA in International Education program, an applicant must meet the following criteria: US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability Demonstrated English language ability (see details below) Intercultural and professional experience Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning English Language Ability Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives. [-]

MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2016 USA Brattleboro

SIT’s Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation is designed to give students the analytical ability, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills necessary to work with groups of [+]

MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation SIT’s Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation is designed to give students the analytical ability, theoretical knowledge, and practical skills necessary to work with groups of people in conflict. Student can choose to focus on conflict in relation to development, inter-group relations, youth programs, humanitarian aid, education, or human rights. Students can expect to: Study the theory and practice of peacebuilding and conflict transformation Conduct in-depth, multi-angled analyses of conflict and explore potential solutions in diverse settings Complete a practicum with an organization relevant to peacebuilding in either the US or abroad Learn from faculty and alumni engaged in peacebuilding activities in critical conflict zones. Students build core skills in the practice of: Negotiation, facilitation, mediation, strategic nonviolence, social healing, and reconciliation Program design, management, and evaluation Training for capacity-building Leading inter-communal dialogue Cultivating positive and inclusive group relations through organizational change Advocating for human rights and community organizing The program takes both an interpersonal and systematic approach to the identity-based dynamics of conflict. Faculty and staff foster a learning environment and social space in which students can reflect on core values and aspirations for constructive social change. The program prepares professionals to: Design and lead conflict transformation programs Develop peacebuilding and conflict sensitive interventions Create and manage projects that address the causes and consequences of complex and multi-layered conflicts Graduates are prepared for positions with NGOs, education institutions, the media, the private sector, the government, international organizations, and other professional venues. SIT is a pioneer in the field of conflict transformation, which is an integral part of the institution’s broader academic focus on international peace studies and peacebuilding. Degree Sequence On-campus coursework (two terms) Reflective Practice Phase, which comprises a field-based practicum (six months) with related academic work. The practicum can be completed abroad, in such sites as Rwanda and Nepal, or in the US Capstone paper, presentation, and seminar in Vermont (one week) Admission Criteria To be considered for admission to the MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program, an applicant must meet the following criteria: US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability Demonstrated English language ability (see details below) Intercultural and professional experience Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning English Language Ability Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education—grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives. Financial Aid SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. We recommend that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as possible, even before you are accepted for admission. [-]

MA in Sustainable Development

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2016 USA Brattleboro District of Columbia + 1 more

Acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience to make significant contributions in the field of development. SIT Graduate Institute has been preparing international and [+]

MA in Sustainable Development Acquire the skills, knowledge, and experience to make significant contributions in the field of development. SIT Graduate Institute has been preparing international and community development professionals for more than four decades.Coursework is delivered by senior development studies faculty, experienced program practitioners—including World Learning development staff—and grassroots leaders working in a diversity of development capacities around the world. Programs are offered in Vermont and Washington, DC. Both programs follow SIT’s experiential learning model and include: on-campus coursework and interactive workshops; the Global Leadership Seminar Series; a supervised professional practicum with a development organization: and the opportunity to make an original contribution to the field of development studies through a final capstone paper. MA in Sustainable Development (Vermont) Two-year format. Students spend an academic year taking coursework on SIT’s beautiful campus in southeastern Vermont before beginning the practicum phase. Course electives/options. Vermont-based students can take classes offered through SIT’s degree programs in conflict transformation and international education and/or complete an intensive field-based course in the US or abroad. Six months (minimum) of field practice. With support from SIT's Career Services, students find a practicum position that matches their interests; the practicum can be anywhere in the world. Optional concentrations. Concentrations offered to Vermont-based students have recently included community development and social action; development management; and policy analysis and advocacy. *Not all concentrations may be available every term.Vermont is home to a number of local movements and initiatives centered on sustainability and social justice.  This creates a dynamic laboratory in which to examine sustainable development. To be considered for admission to the MA in Sustainable Development program based in Vermont, an applicant must meet the following criteria: US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability Demonstrated English language ability (see details below) Intercultural and professional experience Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning English Language Ability Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education - grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives. Financial Aid SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. SIT Graduate Institute’s financial aid office provides information on all aspects of funding an SIT degree. We recommend that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as possible, even before you are accepted for admission. [-]

MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Campus Full time 1 - 1 year September 2016 USA District of Columbia

SIT's one year MA for development professionals uniquely integrates theory and practice with an emphasis on local leadership, community ownership, and global collaboration. [+]

MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management (Washington, DC) Four months of field practice Students spend four months applying their learning to a relevant project with a development organization. Students apply for their top-choice placements from a pre-determined list; placements are typically made based on a number of factors, including experience, interest, and the needs of the practicum organization.DC-based students can take advantage of the proximity to World Learning’s International Development and Exchange Programs and other leading development organizations based in DC. The strategic international setting of Washington, DC offers an exciting learning environment for the one-year program. The DC program entails an intensive, full-time structure broken up into three semesters: coursework Sept–Dec full-time practicum Jan–April coursework, research, and writing May–August Students graduate with an MA in just 12 months. Admissions requirements US bachelor's degree or an equivalent, preferably in the social sciences or a professional field related to community and/or international development intercultural and professional experience, preferably in the field of community and/or international development, focused on the needs and rights of poor or marginalized populations (in any country, including the United States). Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning Strong writing and other communication skills in English Although it is not a degree requirement, students will be strongly encouraged to learn a second language or do additional language study and projects during or following the program. Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. [-]

MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages - Low Residency

Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years September 2016 USA Brattleboro

Advance your teaching career with an online master’s degree from the global leader in TESOL. SIT offers a low-residency MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to better meet the needs of working teachers worldwide. [+]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL, Low Residency) Advance your teaching career with an online master’s degree from the global leader in TESOL. BEGINNING SUMMER 2013 SIT will offer a low-residency MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to better meet the needs of working teachers worldwide. The program is designed to meet the career goals of teachers seeking a master’s degree in EFL, ESL, ELT, and TESOL. This distance-learning program offers current teachers SIT’s highly regarded TESOL graduate education—grounded in reflective practice and experiential learning—through a remote format. Students complete the majority of coursework online while staying in their current jobs and communities and enjoy two short-term (3-week) summer sessions on SIT’s beautiful campus in Vermont. Merging theory, reflection, and practice Through coursework, a supervised practicum, and an Independent Professional Project, you will delve deeply into the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies that are essential for effective language teaching. The curriculum includes critical topics such as intercultural communication, practical teaching methodology, applied linguistics, curriculum design and assessment, and second language acquisition. Supervised observation in your classroom During the program’s interim-year teaching practicum, an SIT faculty member or appropriate mentor will travel to your classroom to engage with you in a one-on-one format. This intensive period of mentorship is designed to support you in your professional development as a teacher by offering you reflective and interactive feedback. It is a meaningful, collaborative time to examine your work and to act purposefully to improve your effectiveness as a teacher both on your own and under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. A professional network to advance your career The SIT TESOL network serves as an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are working around the world in universities, language institutes, nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector. More than 3,000 alumni have created a reputation you can count on. A commitment to a humanistic approach and social justice in our teaching SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship. SIT’s TESOL graduates are working around the world for increased peace and social justice through their language teaching.  A pioneer in the field of teacher training, experiential learning, and reflective practice SIT graduate programs utilize an experiential and reflective approach to learning developed over 80 years. SIT’s MA in teaching program has engaged in cohort-based teacher education for more than 40 years and is the oldest and largest of its kind. SIT faculty are leaders in the field of TESOL education. Degree Sequence (34 credits) Year One Summer (June 2 to August 24, 2013): Coursework online and a three-week session on SIT’s campus (July 27 to August 16, 2013) Sept–May: Coursework online and an Interim-Year Teaching Practicum at the student’s place of employment Year Two Summer:  Coursework online and a three-week session on SIT’s campus Sept–Dec: Coursework online Jan–May: Independent Professional Project (thesis) Program eligibility: minimum of two years of second-language teaching experience and a job teaching ESOL for the September–June period between the two summer sessions.  Admissions Criteria To be considered for admission to the low-residency MA in TESOL program, an applicant must meet the following criteria: US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability A minimum of two years of second-language teaching experience Demonstrated English language ability (see details below) Intercultural experience• Excellent communication skills Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning Experience and familiarity with instructional technology, distance learning, and/or independent learning Demonstrated capacity for self-directed learning An understanding of the structure and philosophy of the MA in TESOL low-residency programStudents must also have a job teaching ESOL for the September to June period between the two summer coursework sessions. English Language Ability Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education—grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives. SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. SIT Graduate Institute’s financial aid office provides information on all aspects of funding an SIT degree. We recommend that you begin the process of applying for financial aid as soon as possible, even before you are accepted for admission. [-]

Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2016 USA Brattleboro + 1 more

Design your own interdisciplinary graduate degree program to fit your career objectives. [+]

Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (Self-Designed)

Design your own interdisciplinary graduate degree program to fit your career objectives SIT’s flexible, self-designed master’s degree program allows students to gain exposure to several different degree fields or receive targeted professional training.In close consultation with faculty advisors, students design their curriculum by drawing on the array of resources and course options offered each term by SIT Graduate Institute, including courses offered through the following degree programs:

Conflict Transformation International Education Sustainable Development

The self-designed program incorporates multidisciplinary coursework and experience in the field. Graduates are prepared for positions in a host of professional venues, including international organizations and NGOs, educational institutions, the media, the private sector, and government.... [-]


Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2016 USA Brattleboro

SIT has been a leader in the field of TESOL education for 50 years. Employers look for teachers who have been trained at SIT. SIT’s graduate TESOL program stresses the practical applications of learning and effective teaching. [+]

Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) SIT has been a leader in the field of TESOL education for more than 40 years. Employers look for teachers who have been trained at SIT. SIT’s graduate TESOL program stresses the practical applications of learning and effective teaching. Learning is balanced in the domains of knowledge, skills, attitude, and awareness in the context of language. As a student in the program, you can expect to: Acquire the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies essential for effective language teaching Gain practical tools through a meaningful, supervised teaching experience Develop a disciplined reflective practice Benefit from the experiences, perspectives, and feedback of faculty and fellow students Situate your work in a global context SIT's MA in TESOL (also referred to as TEFL, TESL, ESL, or ELT) is designed around students’ professional goals. Graduates are prepared to work with children and adults in universities, private high schools, nonprofits and NGOs, government agencies, and the private sector, in the US or internationally. Teach with a purpose. SIT students learn to teach language for communication, self-expression, social change, advocacy, employment, education, and empowerment. SIT graduates are working around the world for increased peace and social justice through their language teaching. Join the SIT/World Learning global network. Through SIT’s TESOL program, students deepen their experience and build their resumes with internship placements in diverse communities. Graduates advance their careers by building connections worldwide through the SIT/World Learning network. Degree Sequence: One year (33–34 credits) September–December: First semester on campus January and February: Teaching internship in the US or overseas March–May: Second semester on campus Following the second semester on campus, students complete a teaching portfolio. Admissions Criteria To be considered for admission to the MA in TESOL program, an applicant must meet the following criteria: US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability Demonstrated English language ability (see details below) Intercultural experience Relevant experience, including language learning and language teaching Excellent communication skills Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning An understanding of the structure and philosophy of the MA in TESOL program English Language Ability Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68. These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT. SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff works one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education—grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments—they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives. Financial Aid SIT welcomes students from all economic backgrounds. Students commonly fund their SIT degree through a variety of sources, including federal and private loans, SIT grants and scholarships, scholarships from other sources, and personal and family funds. SIT Graduate Institute’s financial aid office provides information on all aspects of funding an SIT degree. [-]

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PO Box 676
Brattleboro, 05302 US
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1 Kipling Road
Brattleboro, Vermont, 05302-0676 US
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1015 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005 US
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1015 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC, 20005 US