Master of Arts in International Education & Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at SIT Graduate Institute

Why you should consider this program

SIT Graduate Institute has a longstanding commitment to experiential learning and social justice. Students are trained to become highly skilled practitioners with a developed theoretical basis, experience in the field, and an awareness of their own capabilities. SIT students include experienced professionals who want to sharpen their skills, mid-career professionals seeking to change careers or boost their credentials, and recent college graduates.

Benefits for Coverdell Fellows

Tuition/fees for Complete Program Value of Coverdell Fellowship Net cost *
In state $ 26,760 $ 9,366 $ 17,394
Out of state $ 26,760 $ 9,366 $ 17,394
* Net cost is equal to tuition/fees minus fellowship value. For some universities, the fellowship value includes non-tuition/fee benefits such as health insurance or housing—see the first point below for more details.

Where the cost savings value of the Coverdell Fellowship comes from

Note: Please note that the financial information above is for the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program. Please visit the website for more information about the Master of Arts in International Education program.

Effective immediately, SIT Graduate Institute is increasing the Paul D. Coverdell Fellowship benefit from 35% off tuition to 40% off tuition for RPCVs who needed to come home due to the coronavirus pandemic. This can be used towards the existing list of approved master’s degree programs, including: MA in International Education, MA in Peace & Justice Leadership, MA in TESOL, MA in Sustainable Development, and MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management. The benefit will be valid for two years, starting with 2020 programs.

Fellowships awarded per year (average)


Other benefits or opportunities

SIT will waive the $50 application fee for all Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Application fee waived?



As part of their SIT graduate program, fellows must complete a practicum of 150 to 300 hours in a high-need American community (as defined by SIT). The practicum must relate to the student’s coursework and career goals and be for a minimum of six weeks. Practicums may be paid professional positions or unpaid internships.

Jobs for program alumni

Students in the international education degree program often go on to work in the field in a variety of areas. Graduates work in study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies as well as in other venues. Sample positions held by recent international education graduates:

  • International Student Advisor, Arizona State University
  • Vice President of Program Operations, CISabroad
  • Executive Director, International Development for Educational Access
  • Study Abroad Advisor, Miami University Student Exchange Specialist.

SIT has been a leader in the field of TESOL education for nearly 50 years. Employers look for teachers who have been trained at SIT. Graduates have access to World Learning’s international network of educators. The program prepares working professionals to be leaders in the field of TESOL in a variety of capacities.

As a graduate, you will become part of a network of more than 3,000 alumni working throughout the world. The list below provides examples of the diverse careers of some of our alumni:

  • Regional English Language Officer (RELO) in Asia, U.S. State Department
  • ESL Instructor, Milwaukee Technical College, US
  • ESOL Professor, Lone Star College-Kingwood, US
  • President of IATEFL
  • President of TESOL
  • Director of English Language Studies, New School

Other details

Program length

Two semesters plus practicum (1-2 years total)

Application requirements

SIT does not require GRE scores. Application requirements include:

  • A completed online application



Official transcripts

Three references

All students must hold a U.S. bachelor’s degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability

Admissions process

  • Complete SIT's regular online application process
  • Provide an additional statement of interest in becoming a Peace Corps Fellow (details provided by SIT's admissions team during the application process)

Program begins

Early June (online programs), Late August (Fall Programs), Early January (Spring Programs)

Non-traditional options

  • Low residency or distance learning

Year Coverdell Fellows partnership started



Mary Kay Sigda, Senior Admissions Officer

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Brattleboro, Vermont 05302