Master of Arts in International Education (On Campus)

Academics

Degree Sequence
  • On-campus coursework (two terms)
  • Reflective Practice Phase, which comprises a field-based practicum (six months) with related academic work. The practicum can be completed abroad, in such sites as Rwanda and Nepal, or in the US
  • Capstone paper, presentation, and seminar in Vermont (one week)
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The program comprises two terms of on-campus coursework; a six-month (minimum) professional practicum; and a final capstone paper and presentation. While students must fulfill a number of degree requirements, they have opportunities to customize their learning according to individual interests.

An outline of all degree components, including required coursework, is provided below.

PROGRAM COMPONENTS

  • Core Coursework (18 credits). During students’ nine months on SIT’s campus in Vermont, they examine the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of international education programs. The curriculum also includes skills-oriented courses that cover all aspects of program design and management, program advocacy, and participant support.

    Required coursework:
    • Foundations of Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management
    • Practitioner Inquiry
    • Theory and Practice of International Education
    • International Educational Policy
    • International Education Design and Delivery
    • International Education Design Concepts and Evaluation

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  • Course Electives (11 credits minimum). Students can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont; participating in field courses offered around the world (most recently in Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey); 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 sample elective courses. (PDF)

  • Reflective Practice (12 credits). Referred to as the Reflective Practice Phase, this portion of the program is a structured approach for students to apply coursework learning to a related professional activity. During this phase, students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills working in a professional context, for a minimum of six months, while remaining engaged with faculty and other students on the program. Students can complete the practicum in the US or abroad.

  • Capstone Paper and Seminar. Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar on SIT’s campus in Vermont. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of their practicum experience, integrate theory and practice in a written and oral presentation, and make a contribution to the field of international education. Review past International Education capstone papers.

All students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement (PDF) before they are eligible to graduate.

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