Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
WHY A MASTER'S IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION?
SIT developed the first master’s degree in international education in 2000. Building on that well-respected curriculum, this program offers an in-depth exploration of the historical, political, economic, and social contexts of education, crossing cultural divides and language barriers. The program utilizes a culturally immersive format so that you will learn about the field of international education administration while living it.
In this global master’s program format, you will examine three richly diverse educational systems — in the United States, Spain, and Vietnam — to attain professional expertise in comparative global studies; program and curricula development; research skills; and intercultural learning. You also will learn and practice conversational Spanish and Vietnamese through instruction tailored to your skill level.
Begin your program with orientation in Washington, DC, where you will meet your cohort, attend an intensive seminar with the program chair, and visit leading international associations to begin to understand the context in which international education issues and programs exist. After orientation, travel to Bilbao, Spain, known for its shift from an industrial city to a thriving arts and cultural center. There, you will study educational practice and policy in Spain and the European region; learn to conduct ethical research; learn about theories of education as they apply to today’s global context; and observe a variety of educational models.
During your second semester in Ho Chi Minh City, a high-octane metropolis known for its extraordinary growth and socioeconomic change, you will learn about local educational practice and policy as well as program design. You will also travel to Hanoi, Vietnam’s seat of government, to learn about the inner workings of national education policy.
Both semesters will feature weekly field trips to educational programs, nongovernmental associations, schools, labor unions, and government ministries to see how what is explored in the classroom is applied and experienced. Each semester also will feature a four-day excursion to another city or country in the region so that you can continue to broaden your understanding of the field.
In your third and fourth semesters, you will undertake an independent practicum to gain on-the-job skills in a role and location of your choice. You will received personalized guidance throughout in your Reflective Practice courses and will complete a capstone paper with original research to present during a virtual capstone seminar.
Designed for aspiring professionals, this unique master’s degree — one of SIT’s cornerstone offerings — will show you how to meet the immense challenges of the international educator, positioning you for rapid advancement in the field.