Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
WHY A MASTER'S IN INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION?
International educators work in formal and nonformal systems to promote students’ and participants’ learning. Experience diverse cultures and educational systems as you gain the necessary skills in intercultural communication, leadership, program design and implementation, evaluation, policy analysis, research, and educational practice to build a successful career as a socially minded international educator. Learn how to meet the challenges facing international educators through this immersive program.
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 one week of orientation in Washington, DC, where you will meet your cohort, attend an intensive seminar with the program chair, and visit leading international education associations to begin to understand the context in which international education issues and programs exist. After orientation, travel to Seville, capital of Andalucía and a vibrant mixture of history, culture, arts, and architecture. 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 the DaLat Highlands to learn about the inner workings of educational programs and rural culture.
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 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 receive personalized guidance throughout in your Reflective Practice courses and will complete a capstone paper with original research to present during a virtual capstone seminar. Students are registered as part-time during these semesters, although many are engaged full-time in their work.
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.