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SIT Graduate Institute TESOL Certificate

SIT Graduate Institute TESOL Certificate

Use SIT’s 50 years of language teacher education to advance or start your career.

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The SIT TESOL Certificate is recognized and respected around the world. This 130-hour program offers an introduction to learning theories, teaching methodology, and classroom management, with opportunities to work with actual students and receive feedback from our expert trainers. The program is equally rewarding for those with little or no teaching experience and for experienced teachers looking to upgrade their skills.

Participants in the program learn by engaging in, describing and analyzing shared, thought-provoking experiences that are designed to directly relate to the development of skills, attitudes and awareness necessary for effective teaching.

The SIT TESOL Certificate course:

  • teaches the fundamentals of English language teaching
  • gives hands-on, trainer-observed teaching practice, with support from experienced, dedicated trainers
  • helps develop confidence to teach English
  • ensures a supportive learning environment through our one-to-six participant/trainer ratio
  • meets all international standards for observed lessons and feedback
  • is accepted as a graduate-level course by many institutions

Our certificate carries the guarantee of quality associated with SIT Graduate Institute, World Learning's accredited higher learning institution, and a global leader in TESOL. Our graduates join a worldwide network of experienced educators in quality and innovation.

With so many choices to get certified in TESOL, why choose SIT?

The SIT TESOL Certificate course holds the credibility of other internationally recognized certificates while also providing graduates with a unique approach to teaching rooted in World Learning/SIT’s 40 plus year history in experiential teacher education.

Our certificate is unique in that it is explicitly based on SIT’s application of John Dewey’s Experiential Learning theories, which inform all aspects of the course. Participants learn by engaging in, describing and analyzing shared, thought-provoking experiences that are designed to directly relate to the development of skills, attitudes and awareness necessary for effective teaching.

  • Focused experiences and analysis result in graduates with strong foundations in both theory and practice.
  • Shared experiences allow participants to refine their ability to work cooperatively in groups and have been shown to result in deeper and longer lasting change.
  • An explicit focus on the reflective process leads to graduates with the tools necessary for lifelong learning and continued professional development.

Our curriculum has three main foci:

Learning
Participants engage in a language-learning experience in order to explore the relationship between language learning, teaching, and aspects of second language acquisition from the point of view of the learner. This experience provides the foundation for the examination of teaching practices.

Teaching
Participants examine the theory and practice of planning, teaching, grammar, culture, and assessing lessons in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) through experiential activities, teaching demonstrations, discussions, lesson planning, materials development, and readings.

Classroom practices
Participants put their new knowledge and skills into practice through daily teaching sessions. Trainers observe and facilitate feedback sessions after these lessons. Participants learn to reflect on and assess their own teaching as well as to examine the teaching of their peers.

Download a sample daily schedule for an example of how we structure the course. 

Pass/Fail Assessment
The SIT TESOL Certificate is unique in that it doesn’t rank participants in terms of high and low grades. The course is based in a belief that successful teacher development takes place in an environment of cooperation rather than competition. The course assessment is competency-based and participants either pass (meet the course requirements and competencies) or they fail (don’t meet the course requirements and competencies). Participants who pass receive a certificate and those who fail receive a letter of learning (stating what they’ve accomplished on the course). 

Download the course requirements and competencies.

TESOL Frequently Asked Questions:

Some answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the SIT Graduate Institute TESOL Certificate Program

  1. What is World Learning, and what is SIT Graduate Institute (formerly known as the School for International Training)?
    World Learning is a private, nonprofit international organization with both academic and field project capabilities. Through its four program units – Experiment in International Living, SIT Graduate Institute (formerly known as the School for International Training), SIT Study Abroad, and World Learning International Development Programs – World Learning is a leader in the fields of sustainable development, teacher education, language training, international exchange, study abroad, peacebuilding, and NGO management.

    SIT Graduate Institute, located in Brattleboro, Vermont, is World Learning's accredited institution of higher education. Established more than 40 years ago, SIT offers Master of Arts degree programs in teaching, conflict transformation, international education, social justice, intercultural relations, sustainable development, intercultural service, leadership, and management; and a Master of Science degree program in organizational management. Also offered is a certificate and diploma program in NGO leadership and management and more than fifty undergraduate-level study abroad programs.

    The mission of SIT is to enable participants to develop the skills, knowledge, attitudes and awareness needed to contribute effectively to global understanding and world peace. SIT is recognized nationally and internationally for its work in language teacher education and has been educating learner-oriented and culturally sensitive language teachers in its Master of Arts in Teaching program for over thirty years. It has prepared over 2000 active professionals who are working in the field today making significant contributions as classroom teachers, administrators or consultants throughout the USA and in over 70 countries around the world.
     
  2. Why should I take the SIT TESOL Certificate course?
    The SIT course provides practical ESOL teacher-training in which participants develop skills in planning and teaching lessons focusing on speaking, listening, reading, writing, language, and culture. The sessions are highly interactive and experiential. During the course individual participants do 6 assessed hours of practice teaching to ESOL students. Trainers observe participant teaching, guide participant reflection on the lesson, and give practical advice after each session.
     
  3. Who teaches the course?
    SIT TESOL Certificate course trainers are highly qualified, experienced ESOL teachers who have worked with adult learners and have previous training experience. They are licensed by SIT through a rigorous, multi-step process and bring a strong passion and dedication to their work.

    The trainers teach the course content, process discussions, and coach participants in developing lesson plans and teaching. They also observe participants' teaching and provide feedback to participants after each teaching session.
     
  4. Is the course the same at all sites?
    All courses are delivered by SIT-licensed trainers and focus on the same content areas, teacher skills, and course outcomes. In addition, each course is assessed by an evaluator who observes lesson planning and practice teaching sessions. The evaluator reviews participants' written work and collects direct feedback from course participants. The evaluator ensures that SIT's high standards are upheld.
     
  5. What kind of people take this course?
    Participants are a diverse group. Many are college-age students who are interested in traveling and working overseas. There are also working professionals preparing to enter TESOL as an alternative career or in retirement. Non-native English speakers with strong English skills also take the course so they can teach English in their own countries or elsewhere. Many experienced teachers find the Certificate course a valuable introduction to SIT's model of reflective practice.
     
  6. What are the entrance requirements?
    You must have a high school degree and show a capacity for college-level education including a good understanding of the English language and solid writing skills. You must remain calm under pressure, be willing to accept the authority of your trainers, commit to conveying a difference of opinion in a respectful manner, and be willing to work as a positive team player. All applicants must submit an application along with a one-page essay. Non-native speakers typically have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the written test or 250 on the computerized version, an IELTS Band 7.0 or higher, or a CEF C1. Non-native speakers must also have a second interview to ensure their listening/speaking skills are adequate to take the course and to teach English. All participants must show a willingness to plan and teach in groups and to work reflectively.
     
  7. What kind of job will I be able to get with this certificate?
    This certificate can help you find an entry level position in a language institute or an adult education program in the United States or overseas. Most college and university teaching positions, however, require you to have a master's degree. SIT also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.

    As a graduate of the program, you will have access to information about teaching positions through SIT's Career Center, located on SIT's Brattleboro campus.
     
  8. Will SIT's TESOL Certificate enable me to teach ESOL in U.S. public schools?
    The SIT TESOL Certificate may qualify you for an aide position in a public school ESOL program. However, to teach in the public schools in the U.S., you need public school certification, a process which generally involves an undergraduate degree followed by a period of full-time student teaching in a public school under the direction of a veteran teacher. Specific requirements vary from state to state.
     
  9. Can I get graduate credit for the course?
    Participants may choose to pursue the option of five graduate credits to be awarded upon successful completion of the course. There is an additional $500 fee for these five credits.  If you are interested in pursuing this option you should check with the Registrar's Office at whatever college or university you are attending or plan to attend.  Of the five graduate credits, up to two may be applied toward the Academic Year World Learning SIT Master of Arts in Teaching, and these would take the place of the two one-credit electives.  It is not possible to apply any of the five credits toward World Learning SIT's Low Residency Master of Arts in Teaching.

    Learn more about obtaining graduate credit for the course.

    Please note:
    The World Learning SIT TESOL Certificate is graded on a Pass/Fail basis.  Credits earned from the World Learning SIT Graduate Institute are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school. 
     
  10. After I finish the certificate course, if, at a later date, I decide to complete SIT's program leading to a Master of Arts with a concentration in TESOL, is there any special financial aid available for certificate alumni?
    Yes. Any SIT TESOL Certificate holder who enrolls in one of the SIT Master of Arts in Teaching degree programs will be given a tuition reduction of $2,000.
     
  11. Does everyone who attends the course get a certificate?
    No. Acceptance into the course is not a guarantee that you will receive the certificate. If trainers feel that any participant has not successfully completed or mastered any segment of the course, or has not completed the written work satisfactorily, the participant will not be awarded the certificate, but will be awarded a Letter of Learning instead. To complete the certificate successfully, you must meet all the program requirements:
    • Attend all the program sessions (allowances are made for absence due to emergency situations);
    • Communicate effectively and fluently in written and oral English;
    • Successfully meet the goals and objectives of the program;
    • Successfully complete all the student teaching requirements and all program assignments.

      Trainers in the course will meet with you to give you feedback on all aspects of your work in the course. You will also do a self-assessment.

For more information, please contact:

TESOL Certificate
SIT Graduate Institute
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676
Tel: 802 258-3310
Fax: 802 258-3316
Email: tesolcert@sit.edu

Students must have a high school degree and show a capacity for college-level education including a good understanding of the English language and solid writing skills. Students must remain calm under pressure, be willing to accept the authority of your trainers, commit to conveying a difference of opinion in a respectful manner, and be willing to work as a positive team player.

All applicants must submit an application along with a one-page essay. Non-native speakers typically have a minimum TOEFL score of 600 on the written test or 250 on the computerized version, an IELTS Band 7.0 or higher, or a CEF C1. Non-native speakers must also have a second interview to ensure their listening/speaking skills are adequate to take the course and to teach English. All participants must show a willingness to plan and teach in groups and to work reflectively.

Earn your TESOL certificate plus five graduate credits.

Are you considering pursuing graduate studies in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or a related field after earning your certificate? Participants who successfully complete the SIT TESOL Certificate course can earn five graduate credits awarded by SIT Graduate Institute.

Consider how you would use the credits.

If you are interested in pursuing this option you should check with the Registrar's Office at whatever college or university you are attending or plan to attend. Of the five graduate credits, up to two may be applied toward SIT Graduate Institute’s academic-year Master of Arts in TESOL program, and these would take the place of the two one-credit electives. (Please note, it is not possible to apply any of the five credits toward SIT's low-residency Master of Arts in TESOL program.)

The SIT TESOL Certificate is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Credits earned from SIT are transferable only at the discretion of the receiving school.

Decide and register before you take the course.

You will have a choice of whether to pursue graduate credit but will have to decide before the course begins. Regulations state that once the course has begun there is no reconsideration on the part of the SIT Registrar's Office.

If you wish to pursue graduate credit, you may register online.

Choosing the credit option means that you will pay an additional $500 fee for credit directly to SIT, and upon successful completion of the course you will be awarded five graduate credits. Ordinary payment method is by check, but as a convenience, we offer the choice of online payments with MasterCard, Visa, or Discover, including a flat convenience fee of $50 per transaction for payment of the registration fee.

In submitting the graduate credit application you indicate that you have chosen to take the course for graduate credit, and that you understand that if you change your mind or fail to complete the course credit requirements the cost of credit will not be refunded.

For more information please contact the training center at which you plan to take the course, or contact SIT Graduate Institute’s TESOL Certificate office at tesolcert@worldlearning.org or call 202 464-9435.

Participants in our courses enroll directly with the training centers where they’d like to study.

Participants on the SIT TESOL Certificate course enroll directly with our partner organizations around the world. If you’d like to apply simply choose where you’d like to study from the list below and follow the link to their website or send them an email for further information.

Dates Location Tuition Contact Email
January
January 4, 2015 - January 30, 2015 LaFortuna, Costa Rica $2,100 tesoltrainingcostarica@hotmail.com
January 5, 2015 -January 30, 2015 Northampton, MA, USA $2,250 karine@ili.edu
January 9 - February 6, 2015 Quito, Ecuador $1,600 tesol@eilecuador.org
January 10, 2015 - March 13, 2015 Santa Fe, NM, USA $2,200 info@tesoltrainers.com
January 12 - February 6, 2015 Houston, TX, USA $2,350 tesolhouston@englishlci.edu
February
Februay 8, 2015 - March 8, 2015 LaFortuna, Costa Rica $2,100 tesoltrainingcostarica@hotmail.com
February 12 - May 9, 2015 Berkeley, CA, USA $2,190 berkeleyltc@gmail.com
April
April 10 - May 8, 2015 Quito, Ecuador $1,600 tesol@eilecuador.org
May
May 4- May 29, 2015 Caserta, Italy 1,400 Euros annie.where@live.com
June
June 1 - June 26, 2015 Northampton, MA, USA $2,250 karine@ili.edu
June 1 - June 26, 2015 Santa Fe, NM, USA $2,200 info@tesoltrainers.com
June 26 - July 24, 2015 Quito, Ecuador $1,600 tesol@eilecuador.org
July
July 6- July 31, 2015 Santa Fe, NM, USA $2,200 info@tesoltrainers.com
August
August 3- August 28, 2015 Northampton, MA, USA $2,250 karine@ili.edu
August 30, 2015 - September 26, 2015 LaFortuna, Costa Rica $2,100 tesoltrainingcostarica@hotmail.com
October
October 4, 2015 - October 31, 2015 LaFortuna, Costa Rica $2,100 tesoltrainingcostarica@hotmail.com
October 5- October 30, 2015 Northampton, MA, USA $2,250 karine@ili.edu
October 27 - November 24, 2015 Urbino, Italy 1600 Euros tesol@vstli.com
October 23 - November 20, 2015 Quito, Ecuador $1,600 tesol@eilecuador.org
November
November 24 - December 19, 2015 Urbino, Italy 1600 Euros tesol@vstli.com
To Be Announced
To Be Announced Izmir, Turkey $1,200 songul.tomek@yasar.edu.tr
To Be Announced Port Elizabeth, South Africa R9000 (South African Rand) Eileen.scheckle@nmmu.ac.za
To be Announced Guatemala City, Guatemala $2,000 academicunit@iga.edu

All of our courses are delivered by World Learning/SIT licensed teacher trainers.

"The commitment, dedication and professionalism of the trainers was superb. I was dazzled by my observations of their lessons and learned so many things from their manner, presence, and gentle firmness that I want to carry into my own teaching.”

— Jan Church, Course Participant

World Learning/SIT licensed trainers are all highly qualified and passionate teacher educators.

They all have demonstrated deep knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Designing workshops on teaching using an inductive approach
  • Teaching the four skills, culture, grammar, and all aspects of lesson planning
  • Guiding participants in reflective practice
  • Responding to written work in an affirmative way
  • Taking observation notes of participant teaching
  • Leading post-teaching feedback sessions
  • Competency-based assessment

They are licensed through a rigorous 300-hour training process that includes both online and face-to-face mentorship:

Stage one of the process provides essential background knowledge and skills needed by trainers before moving on to the next step; training on an actual SIT TESOL Certificate course. This stage consists of 40 hours of online coursework with a mentor trainer.

Stages two and three of the process provide trainees with an opportunity to work alongside a mentor trainer, observing and delivering workshops, feedback sessions, and written assessments on two actual SIT TESOL Certificate courses. This stage consists of 260 hours of observation and training with a mentor trainer.

You can find a bios of some of our trainers below.

If you’re interested in becoming a trainer with us please contact our TESOL training manager at kevin.giddens@sit.edu.

Nisha Agha
Nisha Agha

Nisha earned her MATESL in from the University of Illinois in 2009.

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Susan Berry
Susan Berry

Susan Berry earned her Master of Arts in TESOL from the School for International Training.

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David Boesch
David Boesch

After getting his Masters in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam in 2005, David traveled to Korea where he taught for five years.

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Ellen Bradley
Ellen Bradley

A graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, Ellen Bradley has over 30 years' teaching and training experience...

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Ron Bradley
Ron Bradley

Ron Bradley earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from SIT in 1971.

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Bernice Clark
Bernice Clark

Bernice Clark is Teacher Training Coordinator at the American Center in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).  

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Lynne Coetzer
Lynne Coetzer

Lynne holds a BA in Development Administration from the University of Stellenbosch, Cape Town and a Bachelor of Law from the University of South Africa.

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Kate Cook
Kate Cook

Kate has Master's degrees in Literature and Information Science and earned her post-graduate certificate in TESOL from the University of Toronto, Ontario.

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Rosane Correia
Rosane Correia

Rosane Correia has a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the State University of Campinas, Brazil.

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Sara Davila
Sara Davila

Sara Davila has been teaching and training teachers for over ten years.

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David Donaldson
David Donaldson

David Donaldson has been living and teaching English in Barcelona for over 30 years.

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Gen Dunlap
Gen Dunlap

Gen Dunlap earned her Master of Arts degree in TESOL from the California State University at East Bay in 2009 and her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of San Diego in 1994.

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Tana Ebaugh
Tana Ebaugh

Tana Ebaugh has been a teacher educator since 2001 working in Thailand, the United States and South Korea.

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Mei Lan Frame
Mei Lan Frame

Mei Lan has worked in the field of English language teaching for over 18 years as a teacher, consultant and teacher trainer.

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Caroline Gear
Caroline Gear

Caroline Gear has been at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts located in Northampton, MA since 1986 as teacher, administrator and teacher trainer. 

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Kevin Giddens
Kevin Giddens

Kevin Giddens currently works as the TESOL Training Manager and Adjunct Faculty for World Learning SIT Graduate Institute.

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Debbie Goldman
Debbie Goldman

Debbie has a BS in Spanish / Linguistics from Georgetown University, is a graduate of the International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM) program and recently finished her Master’s Degree in TEFL. 

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German Gomez
German Gomez

German Gomez studied Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans and at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City.

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Mike Griffin
Mike Griffin

Michael Griffin is originally from Connecticut but hasn't lived in the States for 10 years.

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Dana Horstein
Dana Horstein

Dana Horstein worked as an English language instructor in Chicago for 8 years before moving to Mexico to teach EFL in 2010.

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Alexis Johnson
Alexis Johnson

Alexis is the Executive Director and co-founder of the International Language Institute of MA, Inc.

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Linda Koza
Linda Koza

Linda-Marie earned an MA in TESOL from the University of San Francisco and a TESOL certificate from SIT Graduate Institute.

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Brian Long
Brian Long

Brian Long is currently a full-time EdD student in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University.

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John Kongsvik
John Kongsvik

John Kongsvik earned his Master of Arts in Teaching from SIT.

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Tanya Klymenko
Tanya Klymenko

Tanya Klymenko graduated with honors from Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine, where she received a Master’s Degree in TESOL.

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Victoriya Kovalevska
Victoriya Kovalevska

A native of Berdyansk, Ukraine, Viktoriya Kovalevska has been teaching English to learners of various ages and levels since 2002.

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Joshua Kurzweil
Joshua Kurzweil

Josh received his Master's degree in teaching from SIT, holds the Cambridge DELTA, and a Master Practitioner Certificate in NLP.

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Jacqui Lück
Jacqui Lück

Jacqui Lück is from South Africa and has a Masters degree in English Second Language studies.

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Shirley Lewis Mantilla
Shirley Lewis Mantilla

Shirley Mantilla obtained her MS degree through a Teacher Corps program in a rural Kansas school district.

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Joah McGee
Joah McGee

Joah McGee completed graduate school at the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont and was awarded a Master's degree in TESOL.

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Michael McMillan
Michael McMillan

Michael McMillan is a graduate of SIT’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and also has an MS from Columbia University in Urban Planning.

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Stuart McMullen
Stuart McMullen

Stuart McMullen earned his Master of Education Med. in 2008 from the Open University in London.

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Andy Noonan
Andy Noonan

Andy Noonan holds the UCLES DELTA and recently completed his SIT Masters of Arts in TESOL.

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Annie Polatsek
Annie Polatsek

Annie Polatsek graduated from SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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Zhenya Polosatova
Zhenya Polosatova

Zhenya Polosatova holds two master’s degrees (in TESOL and psychology) and has been involved in the ELT field since 1998.

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Jeff Puccini
Jeff Puccini

Jeff received his BA from UW-Madison in English Lit, and from SIT, he received his TESOL Certificate and Master of Arts in TESOL

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Ivan Quinteros
Ivan Quinteros

Ivan Quinteros has been a teacher and a teacher trainer for over 12 years.

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Roger Ramirez
Roger Ramirez

Roger received his BA from Universidad de Costa Rica in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, and a Master of Arts in TESOL from SIT.

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David Read
David Read

David Read holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University, in addition to the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL Diploma.

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Susan Renaud
Susan Renaud

Susan earned her post-graduate certificate in TESL from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada.

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Betsy Rider
Betsy Rider

Betsy has a B.A. in German from Smith College and speaks a little Spanish in addition.

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Micah Risher
Micah Risher

I have an M.Ed. in International Education and a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology.

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Andriy Ruzhynskiy
Andriy Ruzhynskiy

Andriy Ruzhynskiy graduated with honors from Kharkiv State University, and in 1990 obtained his PhD in teaching.

 
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Mary Scholl
Mary Scholl

Mary Scholl, a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been teaching for 15 years.

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Maristela Silva
Maristela Silva

Maristela Silva earned her Master of Arts in American Studies from Washington State University and her Bachelor of Arts in English from Amazonas Federal University in Manaus, Brazil.

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Helen Smith
Helen Smith

Helen Smith, a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, hails from the UK but immigrated to Australia in 2001.

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James Stakenberg
James Stakenberg

James has a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Masters degree in TESOL.

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Steven Tait
Steven Tait

Steve earned his M.Ed in TESOL from the University of Wollongong in Australia.

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Philip Thompson
Philip Thompson

Philip Thompson hails from Sheffield, England and has an MA as well as a CELTA from his hometown University.

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Gina Thurston
Gina Thurston

Gina Thurston earned her Master's of Arts in Teaching from SIT in 1997.

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Thomas Topham
Thomas Topham

Tom has a BA in Philosophy, as well as the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA teaching certificates.

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Justin Trullinger
Justin Trullinger

Justin Trullinger has been an SIT TESOL trainer since 2006, and a trainer of trainers since 2009. 

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Burcu Tugen
Burcu Tugen

Burcu Tügen received her ELT Certificate.from the American Culture and Literature department at Hacettepe University, and her MA in ELT at Ege University.

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Isabela Vasiliu
Isabela Vasiliu

Isabela’s joyful career in teaching all began with a passion for learning the English language itself.

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Wagner Veillard
Wagner Veillard

Wagner Veillard is a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program.

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Dawn Wink
Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink received a BA in International Relations, an MA in Bilingual/Cross-cultural Leadership, and has lived in Mexico, Spain, and Germany.

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James Wu
James Wu

James Wu earned his Master's degree in TESOL from SIT.

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Become a World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute Training Center

Our courses are provided through our worldwide network of training centers. Each goes through a rigourous vetting process before being certified by World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute to run our courses.

What is a training center?

Our training centers include academic institutions such as colleges or universities, private language institutes, community centers and public, non-profit organizations. What they have in common is that all our centers are local leaders in language education and professional development.

Why become a Training Center?

Professional development opportunities – We encourage our centers to nominate staff members to become certified World Learning SIT trainers

Marketing – Aspiring teachers are becoming aware of the need for quality training. Your status as an SIT Training Center can set you apart from the competition.

Additional revenue – Our courses use facilities that would otherwise be idle.

Community outreach – Many centers use our courses to offer free English lessons to the public and raise their profiles in their respective communities.

What does it take to become a Training Center?

Other than the ability to meet our standards and a demonstrated commitment to quality, there are no set criteria to become a training center.

A Training Center must be able to ensure access to the following:

  • the physical space to run a course
  • materials for use by training teachers
  • students for practice lessons

If your organization can demonstrate the willingness and the ability, you’ve got what we need.

How does an institution become a certified training center?

SIT emphasizes an experiential learning-by-doing process. The first step is to complete an application, and demonstrate the willingness and capacity to run a course. After that, we will work with you to set your institution up to succeed. After two successful courses, a center is then invited to be certified as a training center.

If you are interested in learning more about the process of becoming a certified SIT training center, and the possible benefits for your institution, contact us today.

The SIT TESOL Certificate course goes beyond the "how-to" of teaching. Through experience, feedback and reflection, participants enter into a personal discovery of who they are, and who they can be, as teachers. Each time I train, I see participants' eyes light up as they begin to understand the possibilities of learning and growth open to them.

—Connie Tumavicus, trainer

The SIT TESOL Certificate equips students with valuable resources to teach English abroad as part of an overseas adventure or to reach their professional development goals. Qualified English instructors find themselves in high demand wherever languages are taught — from universities and language institutes to continuing education programs. Holding an internationally recognized SIT TESOL Certificate sets you apart as a serious teaching professional and can increase your opportunities during a job search.

This certificate can help students find an entry level position in a language institute or an adult education program in the United States or overseas. Students who wish to start a career teaching at a college or university may need to have a master's degree. SIT also offers a Master of Arts in TESOL degree. Students who pursue an MA in TESOL at SIT after completing the certificate program can apply two graduate credits from the certificate program toward their MA. They will also receive a tuition reduction of $2,000.

As a graduate of the program, you will have access to information about teaching positions through SIT's Career Center, located on SIT's Brattleboro campus.

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