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Learn how to meet the challenges facing international educators through this immersive, full-time program.
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.
SIT developed the first master’s degree in international education 20 years ago. 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 two richly diverse educational systems — Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, and Santiago, Chile — to attain professional expertise in global studies; program and curricula development; research skills; and intercultural learning. You also will learn and practice conversational Vietnamese and Spanish, for which you will receive instruction tailored to your skill level.
Begin your program with orientation in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Meet your cohort, attend an intensive seminar with the program chair, and undertake lessons with local faculty. During your first semester in Ho Chi Minh City, a high-octane metropolis known for its extraordinary growth and socioeconomic change, you will study educational practice and policy; research methods; and observe a variety of educational models. You will also travel to Hanoi, Vietnam’s seat of government, to learn about the inner workings of national education policy.
In your second semester, you will live and study in Santiago, Chile, where you will conduct comparative studies of Chile’s urban and rural areas, learn about program development, and take a four-day excursion to Temuco, a city nestled between the Pacific and the Andes, to learn about indigenous, bilingual, autonomous, and decolonialized education.
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 and complete a capstone paper to present during a capstone seminar on our historic Vermont campus or virtually.
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.
Students who have graduated with this degree work in careers such as the following, among others.
Study abroad advisor
University professor, assistant, or associate
U.S. embassy education specialist
Exchange program manager
Youth leadership program administrator
Country development officer
Refugee resettlement officer
International programs admissions
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With its large indigenous and immigrant population, as well as strong contrasts between urban and rural areas, Chile offers the opportunity to conduct a wide range of advanced comparative studies and observe how education is used as a tool for social change. Study educational theory and practice; the historical, social, political (post-conflict), and economic (neoliberal) contexts of Chilean education; program design; and conversational Spanish.
In this world-class, cosmopolitan city known for its vibrant culture and rich history, gain a deeper understanding of international education in a country still grappling with its postwar identity, but also fast becoming one of Asia’s strongest economies, ushering in fast-paced and sweeping change. Study educational practice and policy; intercultural service and leadership; intercultural communications; and conversational Vietnamese.
Students can complete their two-semester practicum in any location around the world in which they can obtain legal authorization.
Travel to SIT’s historic campus in Brattleboro, Vermont, to present your capstone while networking with others in your cohort, or present your capstone online in a virtual environment. SIT’s beautiful southern Vermont campus offers woodland trails, hiking, running, and cycling, as well as a private library, study rooms with mountain views, and an entertainment space where students often gather at the end of the day to socialize. You will also be a few miles from downtown Brattleboro and its array of shops, restaurants, and eateries. Vermont is at the forefront of sustainability, education, and regeneration.
Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.
Read more about Program Learning Outcomes.
International education professionals are most effective when they understand the context, issues, skills, and possible paths forward in their field. SIT’s Global Master’s in International Education helps you learn the importance of intercultural partnerships and understanding necessary to facilitate quality international education programs through personal experience when you move to a new location, interact with partners and study their culture, history, and systems; and live with and learn from them.
In this program, you will learn:
This program requires completion of the Language and Culture Proficiency Requirement for graduation. Details can be found in the Catalog.
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Reflective Practice includes:
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Pivotal to SIT Global Master’s in International Education is the practicum. This will allow you to apply learning from the classroom directly to real-world settings while getting hands-on, professional experience you can put to immediate use after you graduate.
In the third and fourth semesters of the program, your advisor will support you in finding an approved, independent practicum while you complete your capstone paper.
You may elect to remain in Vietnam, return to Chile, or complete your practicum in another location of your choice. A practicum may consist of up to 40 hours a week of work; however, the number of credits earned will not fluctuate.
During the practicum phase, you’ll remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills while working in a professional context. The practicum experience also will give you the opportunity to expand your professional network.