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

Advance your teaching career with an online master’s degree from the global leader in TESOL.

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    "One of the best decisions I’ve ever made."

    --Melody Noll

    The two-summer Master of Arts in Teaching program provided practical, usable, easily transferable information in an involved and engaging setting.

  • SIT offers a low-residency MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) to better meet the needs of working teachers worldwide. The program is designed to meet the career goals of teachers seeking a master’s degree in EFL, ESL, ELT, and TESOL.

    Same program, new format
    This distance-learning program offers current teachers SIT’s highly regarded TESOL graduate education—grounded in reflective practice and experiential learning—through a remote format. Students complete the majority of coursework online while staying in their current jobs and communities and enjoy two short-term (3-week) summer sessions on SIT’s beautiful campus in Vermont.

    Merging theory, reflection, and practice
    Through coursework, a supervised practicum, and an Independent Professional Project, you will delve deeply into the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies that are essential for effective language teaching. The curriculum includes critical topics such as intercultural communication, practical teaching methodology, applied linguistics, curriculum design and assessment, and second language acquisition. Learn more.
    Supervised observation in your classroom
    During the program’s interim-year teaching practicum, an SIT faculty member or appropriate mentor will travel to your classroom to engage with you in a one-on-one format. This intensive period of mentorship is designed to support you in your professional development as a teacher by offering you reflective and interactive feedback. It is a meaningful, collaborative time to examine your work and to act purposefully to improve your effectiveness as a teacher both on your own and under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

    A professional network to advance your career
    The SIT TESOL network serves as an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are working around the world in universities, language institutes, nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector. More than 3,000 alumni have created a reputation you can count on.

    A commitment to a humanistic approach and social justice in our teaching
    SIT fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship. SIT’s TESOL graduates are working around the world for increased peace and social justice through their language teaching. 

    A pioneer in the field of teacher training, experiential learning, and reflective practice
    SIT graduate programs utilize an experiential and reflective approach to learning developed over 80 years. SIT’s MA in teaching program has engaged in cohort-based teacher education for more than 40 years and is the oldest and largest of its kind. SIT faculty are leaders in the field of TESOL education.

    Degree Sequence (34 credits):

    Year One

    • Summer (June 4 to August 15, 2014): Coursework online and a three-week session on SIT’s campus (July 26 to August 15, 2014)
    • Sept–May: Coursework online and an Interim-Year Teaching Practicum at the student’s place of employment

    Year Two

    • Summer:  Coursework online and a three-week session on SIT’s campus
    • Sept–Dec: Coursework online
    • Jan–May: Independent Professional Project (thesis)

    Program eligibility: minimum of two years of second-language teaching experience and a job teaching ESOL for the September–June period between the two summer sessions. Learn more.

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