Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Low Residency)
SIT’s low-residency Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is SIT Graduate Institute studentdesigned to meet the career goals of current teachers seeking a master’s degree in EFL, ESL, ELT, and TESOL.
The program offers SIT’s highly regarded TESOL graduate education — grounded in reflective practice and experiential learning — through a remote format. Students complete the majority of coursework online while staying in their current jobs and communities.
Merging theory, reflection, and practice
Students delve deeply into the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies that are essential for effective language teaching. The curriculum includes critical topics such as intercultural communication, practical teaching methodology, applied linguistics, curriculum design and assessment, and second language acquisition.
Supervised observation in your classroom
Students benefit from the program’s interim-year teaching practicum, an SIT faculty member or appropriate mentor will travel to your classroom to engage with you in a one-on-one format. This intensive period of mentorship is designed to support you in your professional development as a teacher by offering you reflective and interactive feedback. It is a meaningful, collaborative time to examine your work and to act purposefully to improve your effectiveness as a teacher both on your own and under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.
World Learning’s academic programs offered through SIT (founded as the School for International Training) are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of SIT. Individuals may also contact: Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges, 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803; 781 425-7714
SIT Graduate Institute is a member of the Windham Higher Education Cooperative, a consortium of six higher education institutions with a presence in Windham County, Vermont. In addition to SIT, the cooperative includes Marlboro College, Landmark College, Vermont Technical College, Union Institute, and the Community College of Vermont.
International Student Requirements:
Applicants whose first language is not English and who did not graduate from an English-speaking institution in a country whose official language is English submit test scores for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or the PTE (Pearson Test of English). (Applicants can access free TOEFL and IELTS practice tests online.) Applicants taking the TOEFL must receive a minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test (PBT) 250 on the computer-based test (CBT), or 100 on the internet-based iBT. Applicants taking the IELTS must receive a score of Band 7.0 or higher. Applicants taking the PTE must receive a minimum score of 68.
These scores are considered the minimum proficiency needed to undertake graduate-level work. Scores must be dated within two years of the start date of your academic program at SIT.