The program comprises primarily online coursework with limited residential coursework, reflective practice of your ongoing professional work, and a final capstone paper and presentation, for a total of 37 credits. While you must fulfill a number of degree requirements, you have opportunities to customize your learning according to your interests.
- Core Coursework (19 credits)
You 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, you’ll 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
- Advanced Concepts in International Education – 6 credits
- Electives (2 credits minimum)
You can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways, including by selecting offered SIT courses, pursuing independent study, or taking a course at a local institution and transfering the credit to SIT. Please note that in the last situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited.
- Reflective Practice (15 credits)
Reflective practice is a structured approach for you to apply learning from your coursework to ongoing professional activity. You’ll receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students.
- Capstone Paper and Seminar (1 credit)
You’ll demonstrate, assess, and synthesize your 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 you deeply into the experiential learning cycle, where you’ll explore the meaning of your 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.
You have five years from the time you enter the program to complete all degree requirements. If you do not complete all degree requirements (including the language and culture proficiency requirement) within five years of your entry date, you will be withdrawn from the program. If you have extenuating circumstances, you must apply to the dean of the program for an extension.
You must fulfill a Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement before you are eligible to graduate.