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
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 of600 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 AidSIT 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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