CONTACT Low-residency Graduate Certificate Program
SIT Graduate Institute
The School for International Training offers a CONTACT Low-Residency Graduate Certificate Program for individuals who are interested in developing the skills required to manage conflict. Individuals who complete the program should gain the knowledge and skills required to manage and convert conflict and encourage resolution for individuals divided by conflict.
Individuals are chosen based on their maturity, work experience, educational background, expertise in English and their ability to apply the skills of Peacebuilding in their own lives. Individuals are chosen from a variety of professions and backgrounds, all of whom which to improve their ability to manage conflict.
The program consists of 14-16 credit hours that can be completed in a single year. Individuals will study through coursework at the School for international training in Vermont along with online work as well. With online coursework, individuals have the opportunity to complete their degree whenever and wherever they choose.
The 14-16 credits are divided into multiple courses that will benefit the individual. These courses include: Frameworks in Peacebuilding, Intercommunal Conflict Analysis, Independent Study, Seminar, Conflict Intervention, Reflective Practice and a Final Synthesis Project. The combination of these courses will teach individuals the most effective ways to handle conflict.
After an individual has completed the CONTACT Low-Residency Graduate Certificate Program they have the opportunity to apply to other master's degree programs at the School for international Training. These programs include: Master of Arts in Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation and Master of Arts in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management. If the individual is accepted into one of these programs, their credits should be able to be applied towards that degree.
Degree Level: Certificate
Delivery Format: Hybrid
Accreditation & Licensing
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
SIT is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.
Must be able to attend required coursework meetings in Vermont.
The organization that would lead to the founding of SIT, and to the establishment of World Learning, was originally founded in 1932, as The Experiment in International Living. In the early 1960s, Sargent Shriver, the first director of the Peace Corps and an alumnus of The Experiment in International Living, called on The Experiment to conduct orientation and training for the earliest Peace Corps Volunteers. These orientation and training activities gradually led to the establishment of an academic institution, the School for International Training (SIT), in 1964. SIT was founded by The Experiment's first president, Gordon Boyce, and executive vice president, John Wallace. Today John Wallace’s vision lives on at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT, and Washington, DC.
SIT offers master's degrees and graduate-level certificates, several of which can be earned online.
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