• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months


SIT’s Master of Arts in TESOL program stresses the practical applications of learning and effective teaching. Learning is balanced in the domains of knowledge, skills, attitude, and awareness in the context of language.

As a student in the program, you can expect to:
  • Acquire the theoretical knowledge and professional competencies essential for effective language teaching
  • Gain practical tools through a meaningful, supervised teaching experience
  • Develop a disciplined reflective practice
  • Benefit from the experiences, perspectives, and feedback of faculty and fellow students
  • Situate your work in a global context

Teach with a purpose. SIT students learn to teach language for communication, self-expression, social change, advocacy, employment, education, and empowerment. SIT graduates are working around the world for increased peace and social justice through their language teaching.

Join the SIT/World Learning global network. Through SIT’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program, students deepen their experience and build their résumés with internship placements in diverse communities. Graduates advance their careers by building connections worldwide through the SIT/World Learning network.

The School for International Training TESOL network serves as an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are teaching English abroad around the world in universities, language institutes, nonprofits, government agencies, and the private sector. More than 3,000 alumni have created a reputation you can count on.
The program prepares professionals to:
  • Design courses and training modules
  • Develop curriculum to meet their students’ learning needs
  • Engage with students and colleagues in intercultural settings

Programme Structure

Required coursework
  • Approaches to Teaching Second Languages
  • Language Analysis for Lesson Planning
  • Second-Language Acquisition
  • Teaching the Four Skills
  • Group Dynamics
  • English Applied Linguistics
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment
  • Intercultural Communication for Language Teachers
  • Sandanona Conference Presentation
Sample electives from recent years:
  • Computer-Assisted Language Learning
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Becoming a Teacher Educator
  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Independent Study
Supervised Teaching Internship
During the months of January and February, students complete a teaching internship in either the US or abroad. Students test out the theories, tools, and perspectives acquired during the first term while receiving critical feedback necessary for continued professional development from faculty supervisors.
Teaching Portfolio
At the end of the program, each student compiles a professional portfolio that consists of a collection of documents and written reflections. The portfolio will demonstrate that the student has achieved professional competencies as set forth by the MA in TESOL program. Students may petition to complete an individual thesis project in lieu of the teaching portfolio if their job or career context requires this.

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

    Schedule TOEFL®
  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MA in TESOL program, an applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • US bachelor's degree or an equivalent that demonstrates academic ability
  • Demonstrated English language ability
  • Intercultural and professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to use experience as a source of learning
English Language Ability

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.
SIT Graduate Institute’s Selection Process
Our admissions staff work one-on-one with every applicant to facilitate a highly informed and multidimensional admissions experience: applicants are encouraged to attend an open house, talk with SIT faculty and staff, and hear from current students and alumni. As applicants become familiar with the attributes of an SIT education — grounded in the experiential learning model and focused on social justice and leadership skills in intercultural environments — they determine for themselves in what ways SIT can help them meet their educational and career objectives.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26760 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    13380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26760 USD for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Year 1 tuition: $13,380Year 2 tuition: $13,380Year 1 on-campus room and board: $1,575Year 2 on-campus room and board: TBD

Living costs for Brattleboro

  • 1040 - 1550 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Scholarships for US Citizens and Permanent Residents
  • Activism and Advocacy Scholarship
  • Career Experience Scholarship
  • Community Service Scholarship
  • International Aid and Development Scholarship
  • Multicultural Scholarship
  • Recent Undergraduate Scholarship
  • SIT Grant
  • Washington, DC Housing Award
Scholarships for International Students
  • Impact Scholarship
  • Intercultural Leadership Scholarship
  • Intercultural Leadership Scholarship for the MA in International Education Online
  • International Teaching and Education Scholarship
  • Peace and Capacity Building Scholarship
  • SIT Grant
Other SIT Scholarship Opportunities
  • SIT Study Abroad and Experiment in International Living Alumni Scholarship
  • TESOL Certificate Alumni Award
For more information please check the program website.

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