Professional Certification in Education Abroad

SIT and The Forum on Education Abroad offer joint credentialing for The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad program. This program is intended for students and professionals who want to certify their knowledge and expertise in the practice of education abroad. The program is structured around The Forum’s Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

SIT MA students can elect to take one or two elective courses of one credit each. With advance registration, successful completion of the two-credit sequence will result in awarding of The Forum’s Professional Certification in Education Abroad. With advance registration, participants also may elect to earn graduate credit from SIT upon completion of each course. Courses are designed to have practical application; each includes a series of modules based on the Standards of Good Practice and a culminating project.

SIT’s new partnership with The Forum will enable students to gain an additional professional credential in the design, delivery, and management of education abroad programs from a leading professional association.

Dr. Sora Friedman, Chair, MA in International Education, SIT

Individuals who complete the Certification are recognized on The Forum’s website and may utilize The Forum’s “Certified Professional” mark on resumes, curricula vitae, email signatures, business cards, letterhead and websites. Special recognition is also given at The Forum’s Annual and European Conferences. One course will be offered each during the fall and spring terms, and an accelerated two-course option will be offered during the summer term.

Additional fees apply. Please visit SIT Graduate Institute and The Forum on Education Abroad for more details.

Credits and Coursework

One to two credits. Each course is one credit. Completion of both courses, which comprise the entire Professional Certification program, will result in two credits.

IEDP-5047: Good Practice in Ed Abroad, Part 1, 1 credit, online

This course covers the material from The Forum on Education Abroad Professional Certification in The Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad. Modules include Framing The Standards of Good Practice; Program Design Using The Standards; and Program Management: From Implementation to Evaluation.

IEDP-5048: Good Practice in Ed Abroad, Part 2, 1 credit, online

This course covers the material from The Forum on Education Abroad Professional Certification in The Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad. Modules include Health, Safety and Well-Being; Student Learning and Development: Orientation and Advising; and Student Learning and Development: Integration, Reflection and Assessment.

IEDP-5049: Good Practice in Education Abroad, 2 credits, online (offered during the summer term only)

This course covers the material from The Forum on Education Abroad Professional Certification in the Standards of Good Practice in Education Abroad. This accelerated summer course covers all modules in Part 1 and Part 2.

Students who successfully complete the two-course series may also earn The Forum’s Certification credential. Certification in education abroad validates fundamental knowledge of The Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad, recognizes the ability to articulate and to apply the Standards; establishes advanced capabilities in analysis and synthesis of the Standards; and demonstrates a commitment to professional excellence and ethical conduct.

To receive the Professional Certification in The Standards of Good Practice, learners must successfully complete both courses.

Note: For non-SIT matriculated students, pre-registration with The Forum and additional fees are required for Professional Certification. Non-matriculated participants may enroll on The Forum’s website.

Instructional Sites

Online

Sample Topics
  • Framing the Standards of Good Practice
  • Program Design
  • Program Management: From Implementation to Evaluation
  • Health, Safety, and Well-Being
  • Student Learning and Development
How to Apply

Current SIT graduate students register through the standard course registration process in “Self-Service” during each term’s regular course registration and add/drop period. (Additional fees apply)

Non-matriculated participants pursuing graduate credit from SIT must register for The Professional Certification in Education on The Forum’s website and complete an additional application form for SIT.