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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.
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. The SIT TESOL network serves as an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are teaching English abroad around the world in universities, language institutes, nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Some answers to frequently asked questions about the SIT Graduate Institute TESOL certificate program
For more information, please contact:
SIT Graduate Institute
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302-0676
Tel: 802 258-3310
Fax: 802 258-3316
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.
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.
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 on-campus MA 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 online MA 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.
You will have a choice 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.
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 email@example.com or call 202 464-9435.
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.
|March 30 - April 24, 2015||Houston, TX, USA||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|March 30 - April 24, 2015||Lublin, Poland||1,130 Eurosemail@example.com|
|August 3 - August 28, 2015||Lublin, Poland||1,130 Eurosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|April 10 - May 8, 2015||Quito, Ecuador||$1,email@example.com|
|April 11 to May 1, 2015||Quetzaltenango, Guatemala||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|May 4- May 29, 2015||Caserta, Italy||1,400 Eurosemail@example.com|
|May 4 - May 29, 2015||Lublin, Poland||1,130 Eurosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|June 1 - June 26, 2015||Houston, TX, USA||$2,email@example.com|
|June 1 - June 26, 2015||Lublin, Poland||1,130 Eurosfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|June 1 - June 26, 2015||Northampton, MA, USA||$2,email@example.com|
|June 1 - June 26, 2015||Santa Fe, NM, USA||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|June 26 - July 24, 2015||Quito, Ecuador||$1,email@example.com|
|July 6 - July 31, 2015||Guatemala City, Guatemala||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|July 6 - July 31, 2015||Lublin, Poland||1,130 Eurosemail@example.com|
|July 6- July 31, 2015||Santa Fe, NM, USA||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|July 11 - August 8, 2015||Oaxaca, Mexico||$1,email@example.com|
|July 20 - August 15, 2015||Izmir, Turkey||$1,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|August 3- August 28, 2015||Northampton, MA, USA||$2,email@example.com|
|August 30, 2015 - September 26, 2015||LaFortuna, Costa Rica||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|October 4, 2015 - October 31, 2015||LaFortuna, Costa Rica||$2,email@example.com|
|October 5- October 30, 2015||Northampton, MA, USA||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|October 27 - November 24, 2015||Urbino, Italy||1600 Eurosemail@example.com|
|November 9 - December 4, 2015||Guatemala City, Guatemala||$2,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|November 9 - December 4, 2015||Oaxaca, Mexico||$1,email@example.com|
|October 23 - November 20, 2015||Quito, Ecuador||$1,firstname.lastname@example.org|
|November 24 - December 19, 2015||Urbino, Italy||1600 Eurosemail@example.com|
|To Be Announced|
|To Be Announced||Port Elizabeth, South Africa||R9000 (South African Rand)||Eileen.firstname.lastname@example.org|
|To be Announced||Guatemala City, Guatemala||$2,email@example.com|
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Berry earned her Master of Arts in TESOL from the School for International Training.
After getting his Masters in Teaching from SUNY Potsdam in 2005, David traveled to Korea where he taught for five years.
A graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, Ellen Bradley has over 30 years' teaching and training experience...
Bernice Clark is Teacher Training Coordinator at the American Center in Yangon, Myanmar (Burma).
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.
Kate has Master's degrees in Literature and Information Science and earned her post-graduate certificate in TESOL from the University of Toronto, Ontario.
Rosane Correia has a Masters of Arts in Applied Linguistics from the State University of Campinas, Brazil.
David Donaldson has been living and teaching English in Barcelona for over 30 years.
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.
Tana Ebaugh has been a teacher educator since 2001 working in Thailand, the United States and South Korea.
Mei Lan has worked in the field of English language teaching for over 18 years as a teacher, consultant and teacher trainer.
Caroline Gear has been at the International Language Institute of Massachusetts located in Northampton, MA since 1986 as teacher, administrator and teacher trainer.
Kevin Giddens currently works as the TESOL Training Manager and Adjunct Faculty for World Learning SIT Graduate Institute.
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.
German Gomez studied Economics at Tulane University in New Orleans and at Francisco Marroquin University in Guatemala City.
Michael Griffin is originally from Connecticut but hasn't lived in the States for 10 years.
Dana Horstein worked as an English language instructor in Chicago for 8 years before moving to Mexico to teach EFL in 2010.
Alexis is the Executive Director and co-founder of the International Language Institute of MA, Inc.
Linda-Marie earned an MA in TESOL from the University of San Francisco and a TESOL certificate from SIT Graduate Institute.
Brian Long is currently a full-time EdD student in Adult Learning and Leadership at Teachers College Columbia University.
Tanya Klymenko graduated with honors from Dnipropetrovsk National University, Ukraine, where she received a Master’s Degree in TESOL.
A native of Berdyansk, Ukraine, Viktoriya Kovalevska has been teaching English to learners of various ages and levels since 2002.
Josh received his Master's degree in teaching from SIT, holds the Cambridge DELTA, and a Master Practitioner Certificate in NLP.
Jacqui Lück is from South Africa and has a Masters degree in English Second Language studies.
Shirley Mantilla obtained her MS degree through a Teacher Corps program in a rural Kansas school district.
Joah McGee completed graduate school at the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont and was awarded a Master's degree in TESOL.
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.
Stuart McMullen earned his Master of Education Med. in 2008 from the Open University in London.
Andy Noonan holds the UCLES DELTA and recently completed his SIT Masters of Arts in TESOL.
Zhenya Polosatova holds two master’s degrees (in TESOL and psychology) and has been involved in the ELT field since 1998.
Jeff received his BA from UW-Madison in English Lit, and from SIT, he received his TESOL Certificate and Master of Arts in TESOL
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.
David Read holds an MSc in TESOL from Aston University, in addition to the Cambridge CELTA and Trinity TESOL Diploma.
Susan earned her post-graduate certificate in TESL from Bishop's University in Lennoxville, Quebec, Canada.
Betsy has a B.A. in German from Smith College and speaks a little Spanish in addition.
I have an M.Ed. in International Education and a B.A. in Anthropology and Sociology.
Andriy Ruzhynskiy graduated with honors from Kharkiv State University, and in 1990 obtained his PhD in teaching.
Mary Scholl, a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, has been teaching for 15 years.
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.
Helen Smith, a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program, hails from the UK but immigrated to Australia in 2001.
Steve earned his M.Ed in TESOL from the University of Wollongong in Australia.
Philip Thompson hails from Sheffield, England and has an MA as well as a CELTA from his hometown University.
Tom has a BA in Philosophy, as well as the Cambridge CELTA and DELTA teaching certificates.
Justin Trullinger has been an SIT TESOL trainer since 2006, and a trainer of trainers since 2009.
Burcu Tügen received her ELT Certificate.from the American Culture and Literature department at Hacettepe University, and her MA in ELT at Ege University.
Isabela’s joyful career in teaching all began with a passion for learning the English language itself.
Wagner Veillard is a graduate of SIT's Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Dawn Wink received a BA in International Relations, an MA in Bilingual/Cross-cultural Leadership, and has lived in Mexico, Spain, and Germany.
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.
Our training centers include academic institutions such as colleges or universities, private language institutes, community centers and public, nonprofit organizations. What they have in common is that all our centers are local leaders in language education and professional development.
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.
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:
If your organization can demonstrate the willingness and the ability, you’ve got what we need.
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.