Program Overview

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.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    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.

    School Overview

    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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