Learn to lead international education programs without leaving your job.
Become an effective policy advocate and skilled program administrator through a carefully designed combination of faculty instruction, individual practice, analysis, and experience. Our low-residency format allows you to complete most of your coursework online so you can stay in your job and community.
Through an experiential learning model, you’ll develop expertise in advising, exchange management, community education, and nonprofit and volunteer program management. You’ll examine the historical, theoretical, and social foundations of the international education field; design a variety of educational programs, and develop and conduct field-based research projects.
This program also gives you an opportunity to explore interests and develop skills related to advising, exchange management, nonformal and community education, volunteer program management, language teaching administration, conflict transformation, international education development, and social justice education.
By the end of the program, you’ll be prepared to run a program anywhere from a traditional school to a nonprofit organization to a refugee camp or homeless shelter, in the US or abroad.
There’s no better time than now.
Today, international exchange and intercultural understanding are more important than ever. International educators are responding to the increasing effects of globalization by equalizing educational opportunities and experiences for diverse populations, fostering deeper and more nuanced understanding of social justice issues, promoting intercultural understanding and interaction, and internationalizing programs and institutions.
Whether you’re fostering international understanding through citizen exchange and socially responsible educational travel at a nonprofit or for-profit organization, conducting needs assessment, monitoring and evaluating educational programs, coordinating mobility programs abroad, helping international students get acclimated to their new community, or advising a university as part of a government team, you’ll be making a difference in the lives of students and in communities, at home and abroad.
On-campus coursework, two sessions in June (1–2 weeks each session)
Year one: First two weeks in June
Year two: Second week in June
Online coursework and reflective practice (the remainder of the year)
10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week, plus reflective practice related to your professional experience (actual hours are higher for first term)
Capstone paper and presentation
Final paper and presentation on campus
You have five years from the time you enter the program to complete all degree requirements. If you do not complete all degree requirements (including the language and culture proficiency requirement) within five years of your entry date, you will be withdrawn from the program. If you have extenuating circumstances, you must apply to the dean of the program for an extension.
A cornerstone of this program is the reflective practice. This allows you to apply learning from your SIT courses in the real-world setting of your job, enriching your learning experience.
Put your developing skills to use during faculty-guided, reflective practice at your current job or a practicum placement.
During the online coursework phase, you’ll conduct reflective practice while engaged in professional work in the field of international education. During this period, you’ll remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills.