Graduate Certificate in International Education


The Graduate Certificate program comprises (primarily) online and (limited) residential coursework; reflective practice of a student’s ongoing professional work; and a final capstone project, for a total of 19 credits. While students must fulfill a number of degree requirements, they have opportunities to customize their learning according to individual interests.

A description of all program components, including required coursework, is provided below.

Program Components

  • Coursework (12 credits). Students are required to complete between 10 and 15 hours of work each week. Assignments typically include readings, electronic group work, electronic postings, papers, and projects. Through the coursework component, students acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies.

    Required coursework:
  • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
  • Practitioner Inquiry
  • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education
  • International Education Design, Delivery, and Evaluation
  • Reflective Practice (6 credits). Since students in the program are already practicing professionals in the field, Reflective Practice is a structured approach for them to apply learning from their coursework with ongoing professional activity. Students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students.
  • Course Elective (1 credit). Students can satisfy the program’s one-credit elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont and/or Washington, DC; participating in field courses offered around the world (most recently in Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey); participating in professional development workshops (with additional academic work as needed); or pursuing independent study. Students can also choose to take a course at a local institution and transfer the credit to SIT. Please note that in this situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited. 

    Review elective course descriptions (PDF)

      • Intensive Field Modules (optional). Students can earn credit toward their degree while completing short-term, field-based intensive courses in the US and/or internationally. Recent field modules were held in Turkey, Mexico, Mali, and Washington, DC. Field courses are typically offered once a year in January. Learn more.
      • Capstone Project. Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning with a short capstone project. Students are asked to identify salient points of learning that connect theory to practice and vice-versa, and then create a presentation that can be virtually shared with classmates.

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