Core Coursework (23 credits)

  • From September to December, students take a set of core courses on the SIT campus to gain theoretical knowledge and practical tools while preparing for their teaching internship. Students return to campus from March until May to delve more deeply into new material in applied linguistics, methodology, and curriculum design, drawing upon their experiences and insights from the field. Students benefit from the teaching experiences and perspectives of their peers.

    Required coursework:
    • Approaches to Teaching Second Languages – 3 credits
    • Language Analysis for Lesson Planning – 3 credits
    • Second-Language Acquisition – 3 credits
    • Teaching the Four Skills – 3 credits
    • Group Dynamics – 1 credit
    • English Applied Linguistics – 3 credits
    • Curriculum Design and Assessment – 3 credits
    • Intercultural Communication for Language Teachers – 3 credits
    • Sandanona Conference Presentation – 1 credit
  • Electives (2 credits maximum)
    Sample electives from recent years:
    • Adult Education
    • Sociolinguistics
    • Becoming a Teacher Educator
    • Way of Council
    • Independent Study
  • Supervised Teaching Internship (6 credits)
    Central to the program is the supervised teaching practicum, which takes place in January and February. Students complete a teaching internship in the United States or abroad to test the theories, tools, and perspectives acquired during the first term. During this time, a faculty supervisor will travel to the internship site to engage the intern one-on-one. This intensive period of mentorship is designed to support students in their professional development as teachers by offering reflective and interactive feedback. It is a meaningful, collaborative time to examine one’s work and to act purposefully to improve effectiveness as a teacher both independently and under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
  • Teaching Portfolio (3 credits)
    At the end of the program, each student compiles a professional portfolio that consists of a collection of documents and written reflections. The portfolio will demonstrate that the student has achieved professional competencies as set forth by the MA in TESOL program. Students may petition to complete an individual thesis project in lieu of the teaching portfolio if their job or career context requires this.
  • Review two past portfolios here and here.
  • Review past theses here.

Degree Requirements
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 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 Graduate Institute for an extension.

Joint MA in TESOL and CONTACT Peacebuilding Certificate Program

The MA in TESOL can be combined with the CONTACT (Conflict Transformation Across Cultures) Certificate program. Students complete the CONTACT Summer Peacebuilding Program at SIT’s Vermont campus in June before the start of their master’s degree program in the fall and work with their advisor to choose electives that satisfy the requirements for completing both the MA in TESOL and the CONTACT Certificate. MA in TESOL students also need to attend the CONTACT overseas field workshop during the winter break before the start of their internship.

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