The program comprises (primarily) online and (limited) residential coursework; reflective practice of a student’s ongoing professional work; and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 36 credits. While students must fulfill a number of degree requirements, they have opportunities to customize their learning according to individual interests.
- Core Coursework (18 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 – 2 credits
- Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education – 3 credits
- International Education Program Planning and Design – 3 credits
- Advanced Concepts in International Education – 6 credits
- Electives (2 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.
- Reflective Practice (15 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 to 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.
- Capstone Paper and Seminar (1 credit)
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 Reflective Practice 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. 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.