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

SIT’s low-residency Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to meet the career goals of current teachers seeking a master’s degree in teaching, EFL, ESL, ELT, TESL, or TESOL.

The program offers SIT’s highly regarded TESOL graduate education — grounded in collaborative, cohort-based experiential learning, and reflective practice — through a blended format. Students complete the majority of coursework online while staying in their current jobs and communities, and come to the Vermont campus for three weeks each summer for intensive face-to-face sessions. 

Merging theory, reflection, and practice

Students 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. 

Supervised observation in your classroom

Central to the program is the interim-year teaching practicum, during which time an SIT faculty member will travel to your classroom to engage with you one on one. This intensive period of mentorship is designed to support 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 on your own and under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

A professional network to advance your career

The SIT TESOL network is an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are working in the TESOL field 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.

Degree Sequence

Online and On-Campus Coursework, Two Summer Sessions, (3 weeks on campus each session)

  • Year I and II: Seven weeks online, then three weeks in Vermont from late July to mid-August

Online Coursework and Interim-Year Teaching Practicum, (9 months)

  • Year I (September – May): 10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week, plus supervised interim-year teaching practicum conducted in your current job
  • Year II (September–December): 10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week

Independent Professional Project (Thesis)

  • Year II: January – May