One of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Melody Noll, SIT Alumna, Consultant and Teacher Trainer, Ameritalk

SIT has been a leader in the field of TESOL (also referred to as TEFL, TESL, ESL, or ELT) education for almost a half century. Employers look for teachers who have been trained at SIT. SIT’s Master of Arts in TESOL program stresses the practical applications of learning and effective teaching. Learning is balanced in the domains of knowledge, skills, attitude, and awareness in the context of language.

As a student in the program, you can expect to:

  • Acquire the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies essential for effective language teaching
  • Gain practical tools through a meaningful, supervised teaching experience
  • Develop a disciplined reflective practice
  • Benefit from the experiences, perspectives, and feedback of faculty and fellow students
  • Situate your work in a global context

Teach with a purpose. 
SIT students learn to teach language for communication, self-expression, social change, advocacy, employment, education, and empowerment. SIT graduates are working around the world for increased peace and social justice in diverse roles within the field of TESOL. 
Join the SIT/World Learning global network.
Through SIT’s TESOL program, students deepen  and expand their teaching competence and build their résumés with internship placements in diverse communities. Graduates advance their careers by building connections worldwide through the SIT/World Learning network.

The SIT TESOL network serves as an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are teaching English and are leaders in the TESOL field around the world in universities, language institutes, nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector. More than 3,000 alumni have created a reputation you can count on.

Degree Sequence

On-Campus Coursework, Two Terms ( 7 months; 23-25 credits)

  • Fall Term: September – December
  • Spring Term: March – May

Teaching Internship, (2 months; 6 credits)

  • Two months teaching under supervision in the United States or abroad

Teaching Portfolio, (3 credits)

  • A portfolio of structured reflections on program competencies and how progress towards mastery of these competencies has been achieved. (A student may petition to substitute a thesis for a portfolio in special cases.)