It is possible to complete this degree in as little as 16 months, provided students work with their advisor to ensure they complete a summer practicum and capstone in December. To get the most out of the program, students typically choose to lengthen their practicum and complete the program in 20 to 24 months.
In addition to the required core courses, the international education degree provides an opportunity to combine interests in working with specific constituencies or program themes by combining courses through students' choice of a minimum of 11 elective credits. In this way, students can explore interests and develop skills related to advising, exchange management, nonformal and community education, volunteer program management, language teaching administration, or the other degree areas of sustainable development or conflict transformation.
Selection of actual electives will depend on each student's combination of prior experience, competencies, interests, and semesters of study. These thematic areas serve as guides to assist in course selection and will not be displayed on the final transcript with the actual list of courses taken.
To see the careers that international education students typically have after graduation, visit the Alumni Careers section below.
- Core Coursework (18 credits)
During students’ nine months on SIT’s campus in Vermont, they examine the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of international education programs. The curriculum also includes skills-oriented courses that cover all aspects of program design and management, program advocacy, and participant support.
The following courses are required:
- Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management – 4 credits
- Practitioner Inquiry – 2 credits
- International Educational Policy – 3 credits
- International Education Design and Delivery – 3 credits
- Theory and Practice of International Education – 3 credits
- International Education Design Concepts and Evaluation – 3 credits
- Electives (11 credits 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, 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.
- Training Design for Experiential Learning – 3 credits
- Social Identity: Exclusion and Inclusion – 3 credits
- Dismantling Disability – 2 credits
- Cross-Cultural Counseling – 3 credits
- Theory and Practice of Conflict Transformation – 3 credits
- Skills and Practices in Inter-Group Dialogue – 1 credit
- Mediation – 2 credits
- Conflict and Identity – 3 credits
- Education for Social Justice – 3 credits
- Issues Seminar in International Education – 1 credit
- Special Topics in International Education – 1 credit
- Issues Seminar in International Education Programming – 1 credit
- Nonprofit, NGO, and Social Business Management – 3 credits
- Financial Management – 3 credits
- Fundraising and Grantwriting – 2 credits
- Human Resources Management – 3 credits
- Strategic Management – 3 credits
- Strategic Planning and Implementation – 3 credits
- Social Entrepreneurship – 3 credits
- Leadership and Change – 3 credits
- Statistics for Practitioners – 1 credit
- Independent Study – 1–2 credits
- Youth Program Leadership – 3 credits
- Economics – 3 credits
- Issues in Sustainable Development – 3 credits
- Training for Social Action – 3 credits
- Policy Advocacy – 3 credits
- International Policy and Citizen Advocacy – 1 credit
- Leadership, Community, and Coalition Building – 3 credits
- Theory and Practice of Sustainable Development – 3 credits
- Popular and Nonformal Education – 2 credits
- Becoming a Teacher Educator
- Introduction to Adult Education in the United States
- The Politics of English: TESOL Problematized
- English Applied Linguistics
- Reflective Practice (12 credits)
This portion of the program is a structured approach for students to apply coursework learning to a related professional activity. During this phase, students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills, working in a professional context, for a minimum of six months, while remaining engaged with faculty and other students on the program. Students can complete the practicum in the US or abroad.
- Capstone Paper and Seminar
Students demonstrate, assess, and synthesize their learning through preparation of a capstone project and participation in a one-week capstone seminar held multiple times each year on SIT’s campus in Vermont. Researching and writing the capstone paper takes students deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where they explore the meaning of their practicum experience, integrate theory and practice in a written and oral presentation, and make a contribution to the field of international education. Review past International Education capstone papers.
Students have five years from the time they enter the program to complete all degree requirements. (For any student who, because of special circumstances, studies part-time during two consecutive on-campus academic years, the program entry date is calculated from the beginning of their second on-campus year.) A student who does not complete all degree requirements (including the language and culture proficiency requirement) within five years of the entry date will be withdrawn from the program. A student with extenuating circumstances must apply to the dean of the program for an extension.
All students must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement before they are eligible to graduate.