A degree designed around you

Earn a master’s in education in just one year. You’ll learn the hard skills you need to design and deliver an innovative, world-class youth program.

Start in fall or spring—whatever works for your schedule—and get back out into the field after just 12 months. By the end of the program, you’ll be ready to step into competitive jobs.

Hands-on, experiential learning

A key component of the program is the practicum. This two- to three-month practicum will be completed in the summer following the completion of coursework for students starting in the fall or the summer between coursework semesters for students starting in the spring. This hands-on experience gives you an edge in the job market.

You’ll focus on global youth issues, looking at real case studies and the work of actual youth organizations all over the world as context. Learning is grounded in the realities, struggles, challenges, and day-to-day lives of young people under age 27.

A program designed for anyone who works—or wants to work—with youth, anywhere in the world

This program provides rigorous, cross-cultural training so you can develop versatile skills to work effectively on global youth issues in sustainable development. You’ll learn to work with, teach, mentor, and empower youth in a variety of educational settings and to design, develop, and direct any kind of youth program, from summer camps to exchange programs, in school or after school, in an urban youth center or a refugee camp.

Through this program, you will:

  • Understand and analyze global youth issues, challenges facing youth development, and effective strategies for working with youth
  • Develop and deliver empowering, cross-cultural, experiential education training, teaching, and facilitation
  • Articulate competencies in a wide range of skills for youth program management, including design, budgeting and finance, risk management policies and procedures, staff development, curriculum, and monitoring and evaluation
  • Learn tried-and-true techniques, methods, activities, curricula, approaches, and program designs that we’ve used successfully at SIT with youth and youth educators from more than 150 countries

Why this program?

Youth services are the major focus of development organizations because half the world’s population is under age 27; 85 percent of the world’s youth live in developing countries and are largely underserved, under-educated, and unemployed. The job market for skilled youth professionals in the fields of education, study abroad, NGO, and development is growing.

School for International Training is a leader in youth empowerment education. Over the past 28 years, we have delivered more than 300 youth programs for over 10,000 youth in more than 130 countries.