SIT Graduate Institute announces first doctoral degree with EdD in Global Education

Publication Date: May 26, 2020
Publication Location: BRATTLEBORO, Vermont
Contact: Kate Casa  |

Hybrid program reflects core values of community, social justice, and intercultural understanding

SIT Graduate Institute is launching its first doctorate, a hybrid EdD in Global Education grounded in SIT’s powerful experiential learning model and combining online coursework with brief summer residencies in Vermont.

“This three-year degree fits the needs of professionals seeking to accelerate their careers in global education, whether in their local communities or abroad,” said Dr. Sophia Howlett, president of School for International Training (SIT).

The EdD program, which will be accepting applications from June 1 to November 1 for the first cohort beginning June 2021, draws from SIT’s unique brand of in-depth, reflective practice and intensive research training. It allows students to pursue their own specializations in education at any level, in any subfield, at any location. The program offers deeply immersive doctoral seminars; case studies; theory; data collection; research methods; written projects and reflective practice tied to students’ ongoing work experience.

Dr. Alla Korzh

“I am excited to lead our first doctorate at SIT in Global Education for its three unique strengths: its rigorous research training; intentional curriculum of reflective practice and doctoral seminars; and its flexibility of online and in-person education to meet the demands of professionals who wish to advance in their leadership positions while researching and improving educational issues anywhere in the world,” said Dr. Alla Korzh, EdD program chair. She strongly recommends the program for students with a passion for international work and education.

The 60-credit degree offers flexible courses primarily online, with short summer residencies at SIT’s campus in southern Vermont. Throughout the program, students will receive one-on-one guidance from SIT advisors who, along with their doctoral colleagues, will collaborate closely on research topics of their choice as they work toward their dissertation.

The new EdD includes brief residencies on the SIT Graduate Institute campus in southern Vermont.

“This new doctoral program allows current International Education professionals who want to teach in higher education or reach senior levels of education administration to pursue their terminal degree within SIT’s academic and values frameworks,” said Dr. Sora Friedman, chair of SIT’s International Education master’s programs. “As with our master’s degrees, this doctorate takes SIT’s core values of community, intercultural understanding, social justice, and inclusion to the highest academic level.”

Prospective students holding a master’s degree in education or a master’s in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute may apply for the transfer of up to 12 credits.

SIT’s new doctorate expands on the institution's diverse strengths in global programming. SIT Study Abroad delivers academically rigorous, accredited undergraduate summer and semester programs around the world. SIT Graduate Institute in 2018 introduced a new one-year Global MA format to addressing some of the world’s most critical global issues: Climate Change & Global Sustainability; Development Practice; Diplomacy & International Relations, Global Health Policy, Administration & Management, Humanitarian Assistance & Crisis Management, and International Education. These full-time MA programs are delivered at SIT centers around the world, with a final practicum semester anywhere in the world.

In addition, SIT Graduate Institute offers hybrid MA programs in Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management, International Education, Peace & Justice Leadership, Sustainable Development, and TESOL. Designed for working professionals, these two-year programs are delivered primarily online, with brief residences in Vermont and abroad.

“These one-of-a-kind global programs build on SIT’s nearly 90-year history of training the next generation of intelligent, compassionate global leaders at a time when the world faces unprecedented challenges,” said Dr. Howlett. “Our dedicated faculty have carefully designed these programs to prepare students to tackle urgent issues of the day in a global context.”

Many of SIT’s graduates go on to work in high-level positions with organizations such as the United Nations, colleges and universities, nongovernmental organizations, and major foundations across the globe. Graduates of SIT’s EdD program will similarly benefit from the institute’s broad professional and alumni networks throughout the world.

For prospective students interested in learning more about the new EdD program, SIT faculty will be available to answer questions during a June webinar series. Scroll down to “Webinars” here:

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