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This program comprises online coursework, two three-week summer sessions on SIT’s campus in Vermont, an Interim-Year Teaching Practicum, an area of concentration, and an Independent Professional Project (thesis), for a total of 34 credits.

Phase one courses (26 credits)

  • Foundations (1 credit, online)
  • Approaches to Teaching Second Languages (3 credits, online and face to face)
  • Teaching the Four Skills (3 credits, online)
  • Intercultural Communications for Language Teachers (3 credits, online and face to face)
  • English Applied Linguistics (4 credits, online and face to face)
  • Second Language Acquisition (3 credits, online and face to face)
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment (2 credits, online)
  • Interim-Year Teaching Practicum (6 credits over two semesters, online and face to face)
  • Sandanona Conference (1 credit, face to face)

Phase two courses (8 credits)

  • Specialization Seminar (3 credits, online)
    • Plurilinguistic Pedagogy
    • Teacher Training and Teacher Development
    • Teaching Refugees and Displaced Persons
    • Teaching Young Learners
  • Independent Professional Project (5 credits, online)

The Independent Professional Project, or thesis, is the final component of this program. In addition to being a significant personal achievement, the project should be of interest and value to others in the profession and of publishable quality.

Projects may take a variety of formats, allowing you to focus on a topic that will benefit you in your development as a second-language teacher:

  • An academic research paper
  • A classroom-based action research project
  • A materials development project

Review past Independent Professional Projects completed by students in our MA in TESOL programs.

Degree Requirements
This is a two-year program. You must complete the program, including the Independent Professional Project (thesis), within the two-year timeframe. If this deadline is missed you may petition for an extension.

View the current academic calendar.