Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

“One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.”

—Melody Noll, SIT Alumna , Consultant and Teacher Trainer, Ameritalk

Study with the global leader in TESOL education

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)
  • September–December: First semester on campus
  • January and February: Teaching internship in the US or overseas
  • March–May: Second semester on campus

Following the second semester on campus, students complete a teaching portfolio.

View of the SIT Graduate Institute Vermont campus Attend an open house on May 2, 2014 (Vermont) to learn more.

Join us for a Virtual Open House webinar on the third Thursday of each month.

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Alum Young-Ah Kang
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University of Connecticut


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