Build the skills needed to advance your career in international education with a part-time, hybrid certificate program.

At a Glance

For programs beginning in 2021



Priority deadline

January 31, rolling thereafter

Final Deadline

April 15

I-20 Deadline for Student Visas

March 1


1 Year

Instructional Sites

United States

Critical Global Issue of Study

Education & Social Change

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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 created the first master’s degree in international education two decades ago and today offers this one-year graduate certificate program to busy full-time and part-time professionals. The program begins with one short, intensive summer residency, which is followed by one year of carefully curated online coursework.

In this 19-credit program, you will develop deep expertise in exchange management, community education, and nonprofit and volunteer program management. Popular with international education professionals who have a master’s degree in another field and are looking to increase their understanding of international education, as well as individuals seeking to build on their careers in a low-residency format, this program requires 10 to 15 hours a week of coursework.

Start with a two-week summer residency on our beautiful Vermont campus, where you will meet your cohort and faculty advisor, begin your coursework, and receive an introduction to SIT’s reflective practice — our institution’s intellectual signature — a structured approach to learning that lets you apply coursework to your ongoing professional activity for credit.

For the remainder of the summer and into the following spring, you will study online alongside your advisor and cohort, examining the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of the international education field; design a variety of educational programs; develop and conduct field-based research projects; and gain a deeper understanding of advising, exchange management, nonformal and community education, volunteer program management, conflict transformation, international education development, and social justice education. You also have the option of taking an independent study or other elective to advance your career objectives.

Finish the program with a capstone project that will be shared virtually with your cohort.

Built on SIT’s powerful experiential learning model, this program prepares you to excel in the field of international education, while continuing to live and work in your job and community.

Career Paths

Students who have graduated with this certificate work in careers such as the following, among others.

  • Study Abroad Advisor

  • US Embassy Education Specialist

  • Program Designer

  • Country Development Officer

  • International Student Recruiter

  • Exchange Program Manager

  • Community Educator

  • Admissions Director

  • Education Consultant

Visit the SIT blog to read more about SIT Graduate Institute alumni careers.

Program Sites


Summer residency and capstone presentation typically take place on Vermont campus, or online virtually. 


Vermont is at the forefront of sustainability, education, and regeneration. New England is a haven for start-ups, transition towns, community-owned forests, artisanal food and beverage companies, sustainable farming, eco-architecture, green energy, and many environmental and social justice organizations. 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, which offers an array of shops, restaurants, and eateries. 

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.



With SIT’s experiential curriculum, you’ll learn how to put theory into practice. In addition to core courses, a broad range of elective choices let you focus on courses that will help you meet your career goals. Our part-time, hybrid format allows you to complete most of your coursework for the international education certificate online so you can stay in your job and community.

In this program, you will:

  • Build skillsin a wide variety of disciplines in international education
  • Have the option to take field courses and study abroad in a range of exciting, global locations
  • Learn how to run educational programs both locally and globally
  • Gain a deeper understanding of traditional and nontraditional schools
  • Develop your abilities in a variety of environments, including nonprofit organizations, governmental offices, refugee camps, and shelters, at any level and age range
  • Foster networks and relationships among NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information.

This is SIT

  • We value active togetherness, reciprocity, and respect as the essential ingredients for building a sustainable community.
  • With open minds, empathy, and courage, we facilitate intercultural understanding and respect for the commonalities and differences between people.
  • We champion social inclusion & justice in all that we are and all that we do, from ensuring our community and our programs amplify the voices, agency, and dignity of all people to deliberately instilling the principles and practices of inclusion in all ofour work.
  • We are committed to human and environmental well-being through sustainability and contributing to a better world for all living and future generations.

Core coursework (13 Credits):

Assignments typically include readings, electronic group work, electronic postings, papers, and projects. Through the coursework component, students acquire critical theoretical knowledge and new professional competencies. The following courses are required: 

  • Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management  
  • Practitioner Inquiry  
  • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education  
  • International Education Program Planning and Design
  • Electives (1 Credit minimum):  
    • Students can satisfy the program’s elective requirement in a number of ways, including by attending SIT courses offered in Vermont, participating in field courses offered around the world (most recently in Bangladesh, Mexico, and Turkey), or pursuing independent study. Students can also choose to take a course at a local institution and transfer the credit to SIT. Please note that in this situation, the course must be at the graduate level and the institution must be accredited.

Reflective practice (6 Credits):

Since students in the program are already practicing professionals in the field, Reflective Practice is a structured approach for them to apply learning from their coursework with ongoing professional activity. Students receive course credit for documenting the integration of their knowledge and skills in a professional context while remaining engaged with faculty and other students. 

Faculty & Staff

International Education

Sora Friedman, PhD
Professor, International Education • Chair, MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management • Chair, MA in International Education
Alla Korzh, EdD
Program Chair, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD) • Associate Professor, Global Masters in International Education
Melissa Whatley, PhD
Assistant Professor of International and Global Education, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD)
Lynée Connelly, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education
Linda Drake Gobbo, MBA, MEd
Professor Emerita, MA in International Education
Karla Giuliano Sarr, EdD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education
Nicolas Stahelin, EdD
Assistant Professor, MA in Climate Change and Global Sustainability
Roberto Villaseca, PhD Candidate
Co-Chair, Global Master of Arts in International Education
Bruce W. Dayton, PhD
Executive Director, Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) • Chair, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations • Associate Professor and Chair, MA in Peace and Justice Leadership
David Shallenberger, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education

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