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 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington + 2 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... [-]

MA in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington + 1 more

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.... [-]

MA in Sustainable Development

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington + 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... [-]

MA in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management

Online & Campus Combined Full time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Washington Brattleboro + 1 more

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

Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management - full-time (Washington, DC) Program features include: One-year format. The DC program entails an intensive, full-time structure broken up into three semesters: first-term coursework (Sept–Dec); full-time practicum and coursework (Jan–May); and coursework, research, and writing (June–August). Students graduate with an MA in just 12 months. Field courses abroad. In January, students can enroll in one of SIT’s intensive field courses providing excellent opportunities to interact with practitioners in the field, learn onsite, and expand professional networking. Three months of field practice. Students spend the spring semester engaged in a full-time practicum placement with a relevant development or impact-investing organization. Practicum placements provide exceptional in-depth, hands-on learning; enhance résumés; and expand professional contacts. Specialization tracks: All DC students gain specialization in one of three professional areas: monitoring, evaluation, and learning; policy analysis and advocacy; or social innovation and management. Master of Arts in Sustainable Development: International Policy and Management - part-time (Washington, DC) Program features include: Students attend class one weekend per month in our Washington, DC, center, so working professionals in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and surrounding areas can complete their master’s degree in two years while continuing to work. There is strong synergy between the program’s coursework delivered in the classroom; the hands-on, real-world learning acquired on your job; and emphasis on each student’s career interests. [-]

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

Online & Campus Combined Part time 2 years September 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington + 1 more

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... [-]

Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

Campus Full time Part time 1 - 2 years September 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington + 2 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 2017 USA Brattleboro Washington + 1 more

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)... [-]

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