A degree designed around youth
Earn a master’s in education in just one year. You’ll learn the hard skills you need to design and deliver an innovative, world-class youth program.
Start in fall or spring—whatever works for your schedule—and get back out into the field after just 12 months. By the end of the program, you’ll be ready to step into competitive jobs.
Hands-on, experiential learning
A key component of the program is the practicum. This two- to three-month practicum will be completed in the summer following the completion of coursework for students starting in the fall or the summer between coursework semesters for students starting in the spring. This hands-on experience gives you an edge in the job market.
You’ll focus on global youth issues, looking at real case studies and the work of actual youth organizations all over the world as context. Learning is grounded in the realities, struggles, challenges, and day-to-day lives of young people under age 27.
A program designed for anyone who works—or wants to work—with youth, anywhere in the world
This program provides rigorous, cross-cultural training so you can develop versatile skills to work effectively on global youth issues in sustainable development. You’ll learn to work with, teach, mentor, and empower youth in a variety of educational settings and to design, develop, and direct any kind of youth program, from summer camps to exchange programs, in school or after school, in an urban youth center or a refugee camp.
Through this program, you will:
- Understand and analyze global youth issues, challenges facing youth development, and effective strategies for working with youth
- Develop and deliver empowering, cross-cultural, experiential education training, teaching, and facilitation
- Articulate competencies in a wide range of skills for youth program management, including design, budgeting and finance, risk management policies and procedures, staff development, curriculum, and monitoring and evaluation
- Learn tried-and-true techniques, methods, activities, curricula, approaches, and program designs that we’ve used successfully at SIT with youth and youth educators from more than 150 countries
Why this program?
Youth services are the major focus of development organizations because half the world’s population is under age 27; 85 percent of the world’s youth live in developing countries and are largely underserved, under-educated, and unemployed. The job market for skilled youth professionals in the fields of education, study abroad, NGO, and development is growing.
School for International Training is a leader in youth empowerment education. Over the past 28 years, we have delivered more than 300 youth programs for over 10,000 youth more than 130 countries.
With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals.
Each year, SIT Graduate Institute offers a number of graduate study abroad programs and field courses at sites in the United States and around the world. Learn in depth about an important issue on the ground.
A cornerstone of SIT degree programs is the practicum. This allows you to apply learning from the classroom in real-world settings while getting hands-on, professional experience.
SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.
We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. To be considered for admission to this program, you 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.
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Last updated October 23, 2017