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Overview

Advance your career through a flexible, one-year certificate program

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My experience at SIT has helped me a lot in my current role working on democracy and governance programs with the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, an international think tank and development agency. I am managing an entire office and am using a lot of the tools I learned at SIT. Thank you to the SIT faculty for the great courses.

Steffen Krueger, Country Director, Konrad Adenauer Foundation

Field workshopGet a strong foundation in and understanding of the field of international education. Our low-residency format allows you to complete most of your coursework online so you can stay in your job and community.

Through an experiential learning model, you’ll develop expertise in advising, exchange management, community education, and nonprofit and volunteer program management.

This program is popular with international education professionals who have a master’s degree in another field and are looking to increase their understanding of international education, as well as with individuals seeking a one-year, low-residency program.

The 20-credit curriculum follows the same sequence as the first year of our MA in International Education program. If you choose, you can easily continue with our low-residency master’s program after you complete the certificate program.

Degree Sequence

On-campus coursework (first two weeks in June)

Online coursework and reflective practice (the remainder of the year)

  • 10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week, plus reflective practice related to your professional experience
Academics

With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals.

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  • Core Coursework (13 credits)
    Students are required to complete between 10 and 15 hours of work each week. Assignments typically include readings, electronic group work, electronic postings, papers, and projects. Through the coursework component, students acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies. The following courses are required:
    • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management – 4 credits
    • Practitioner Inquiry – 3 credits
    • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education – 3 credits
    • International Education Program Planning and Design – 3 credits
       
  • Reflective Practice (6 credits)
    Since students in the program are already practicing professionals in the field, Reflective Practice is a structured approach for them to apply learning from their coursework with ongoing professional activity. Students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students.
  • Electives (1 credit minimum)
    Students can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont, participating in field courses offered around the world (most recently in Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey), or pursuing independent study. Students can also choose to take a course at a local institution and transfer the credit to SIT. Please note that in this situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited.
     

View the current academic calendar.

Due to state regulations, students cannot complete their reflective practice for this program in Kentucky.

Faculty

SIT’s faculty are practitioners in their fields. Our diverse, multicultural faculty have worked across the world as leaders, trainers, and developers in the business, nonprofit, education, and public sectors.

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Sora Friedman
Sora Friedman

Professor and Chair
International Education (low residency)

Degrees

PhD, George Mason University
Distance Education Certificate, University of West Georgia
MIA, School for International Training
BA, University of Maryland

Dr. Sora Friedman has worked in international education (IE) for 35 years, focusing on the preparation of new professionals in the field, IE management training, exchange program management, public diplomacy, and international policy advocacy.

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Alla Korzh
Alla Korzh

Assistant Professor
International Education (low residency)

Degrees

EdD, International Educational Development, Columbia University, USA
MEd, Instructional Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
BA with Honors, Teaching English as a Second Language, Nizhyn State Pedagogical University, Ukraine

Dr. Alla Korzh is an educator, researcher, and practitioner in the field of international education with a regional focus on Eastern Europe. She holds a doctorate in international educational development from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Suzanne Belleci
Suzanne Belleci

International Education (low residency)
Peace and Justice Leadership

Degrees

BA, University of California, Berkeley
MA, SIT Graduate Institute
Postgraduate Teaching Certification, University of California, Berkeley

Suzanne Belleci has been teaching conflict transformation, social justice, cross-cultural communication, and management courses at SIT for 17 years. She served as SIT’s first ombudsperson, bringing groups together, facilitating dialog circles for conflict resolution, and mediating one-on-one disputes. 

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Lynée Connelly
Lynée Connelly

International Education (low residency)

Degrees

PhD, California Institute for Integral Studies
MA, SIT Graduate Institute
BA, University of New Hampshire

Lynée Connelly holds a BA in linguistics and Italian and an MA in international education. She is currently a PhD student at the California Institute for Integral Studies. Her dissertation focuses on the influence and impact of international education during the five-year post-reentry period.

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Linda Drake Gobbo
Linda Drake Gobbo

Professor
International Education (low residency)

Degrees

MBA, University of Massachusetts
MEd, Springfield College
BA, Hartwick College

A former dean of SIT Graduate Institute and member of the faculty since 1984, Linda Drake Gobbo teaches courses and advises students in international education and management in both the online and face-to-face programs. She has travelled as faculty with SIT Graduate Institute programs, and has also provided administrative support from the home campus to various SIT Study Abroad programs in such areas as crisis management, health, student development, and professional staff support.

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Karla Giuliano Sarr
Karla Giuliano Sarr

Assistant Professor
International Education (low residency)

Degrees

EdD University of Massachusetts
MEd University of Massachusetts
BS Georgetown University

Karla Giuliano Sarr is an international education practitioner and scholar. Karla's interests include basic education, multilingual education, cultural relevancy, community-school relationships, literacy, girls' education, training, and curriculum development.

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David Shallenberger
David Shallenberger

International Education

 

 

Degrees

PhD, Fielding Institute
MBA, Stanford University
BA, Pomona College

David Shallenberger joined SIT Graduate Institute’s international education program in 2006, after four years serving as director of European and Middle Eastern studies for SIT Study Abroad. He also served for one year as dean of SIT Graduate Institute.

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Peter Simpson
Peter Simpson

International Education (on campus)

Degrees

PhD, Cornell University
MA, Princeton University
BA, Wesleyan University

Dr. Peter Simpson currently serves as an advisory board member of Ball State University’s Center for International Development and as an independent consultant in the fields of international exchange, education, and development. 

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Kelly Teamey
Kelly Teamey

International Education (low residency)

Kelly Teamey is a filmmaker, writer, educator, and mother. She is an adjunct instructor in education and sustainable development at SIT and co-founder of the nonprofit organization Enlivened Learning. 

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Ray Young
Ray Young

Assistant Professor
International Education (low residency)

Degrees

EdD, University of Massachusetts Amherst
MEd, University of Massachusetts Amherst
BA, University of Colorado Boulder

Ray received his doctorate in teacher education and curriculum studies and his master’s degree in international education from UMass Amherst.

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Admissions

We strive to create a diverse and experienced student body to enhance the learning experience both inside and outside the classroom. To be considered for admission to this program, you must meet the following criteria:

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  • US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability (see details below)
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning
  • Students must have a job in the field of international education to complete their practicum requirement

English Language Ability
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS  practice tests online.)

  • Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of
    • 600 on the paper-based test (PBT)
    • 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or
    • 100 on the internet-based iBT.
  • Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher.
  • Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.

These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.

SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
SIT has a self-selective applications process. Prospective students typically discover through this process whether SIT is a good fit for them. Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to talk with SIT faculty and staff and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

Alumni Careers

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

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The program prepares professionals to:

  • Advise international students
  • Design and lead cross-cultural programs
  • Coordinate and manage projects, resources, and staff
  • Develop courses and training modules on topics related to international education

Students of SIT’s Graduate Certificate in International Education program gain the skills they need to advance in their current career. Alumni are prepared for work in study abroad or international student services as directors, language program coordinators, trainers, community education specialists, program designers, or international student coordinators or recruiters.
 
SIT has been a leader in the field of international education for more than 80 years.
Through SIT’s Graduate Certificate in International Education program, students have access World Learning’s network of international education and exchange programs and practitioners.
 
Positions held by alumni of the international education program include:

  • Study abroad advisor
  • Director of international student services
  • US embassy education specialist
  • Program designer
  • Country development officer
  • International student recruiter
  • Exchange program manager
  • Community educator
  • Admissions director
  • Consultant
  • Director of ESL programs
  • International partnership manager
  • High school completion program manager
Tuition/Costs

See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

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Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

Tuition: $21,750

Certificate total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $21,750

On-campus room and board: $1,050

Indirect Costs

SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation. Individual expenses may vary.

Books: $1,200
Personal expenses: $1,500
Transportation costs: $500


Additional Costs

Estimated Student Loan Fees:

Year 1: $225

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.


Billing

Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT, but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.