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Master of Arts in TESOL, Low Residency

Program Details

The School for International Training offers a Low Residency Master of Arts in TESOL to meet the needs of current teachers worldwide. This program is ideal for professionals who wish continue their current work while still gaining academic knowledge that is vital for career development.

The program is designed with a remote format. Students have the opportunity to complete most of their coursework online, allowing them to work at their own pace wherever and whenever they choose. The next portion of their work will be completed with two separate three week summer sessions at the School for International Training campus in Vermont.

Throughout the curriculum students will cover topics such as intercultural communication, practical teaching methodology, applied linguistics, curriculum design and assessment, and second language acquisition. These topics will help current professionals improve their teaching abilities and knowledge.

The Low Residency Master of Arts in TESOL consists of 34 credit hours. The approximate time of completion is two years including the summer. To be eligible for the program students must have a minimum of two years of second-language experience and a job teaching ESOL between the summer sessions.

Students should gain knowledge and experience through coursework, practicum’s and an Independent Professional Project. Through these practices students may expand their theoretical understanding that is essential for efficient teaching. During the practicum experience, a faculty member from the School for international Training will mentor the student within the classroom and offer support and assistance. This allows for interactive feedback to help teachers learn on the spot.

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.