Master of Arts in TESOL

SIT Graduate Institute

Program Description

Master of Arts in TESOL

SIT Graduate Institute


Advance your teaching career with an online master’s degree from the global leader in TESOL. Our low-residency Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is designed to meet the career goals of current teachers seeking a master’s degree in teaching, EFL, ESL, ELT, TESL, or TESOL.

In this program, you’ll get SIT’s highly regarded TESOL graduate education — grounded in collaborative, cohort-based experiential learning, and reflective practice — through a blended format. You’ll come to the Vermont campus for three weeks each summer for intensive face-to-face sessions and complete the majority of your coursework online while staying in your current job and community.

  • Merging theory, reflection, and practice

You’ll 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.

  • Learn to teach for social change

Build bridges between cultures and help your students forge their way with the tools you’ll gain in this program.

  • Supervised observation in your classroom

Central to the program is the interim-year teaching practicum, during which time a SIT faculty member will travel to your classroom to engage with you one on one. This intensive period of mentorship is designed to support 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 on your own and under the guidance of a faculty supervisor.

  • A professional network to advance your career

The SIT TESOL network is an effective and dynamic professional tool with global reach. SIT TESOL graduates are working in the TESOL field 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.

Degree Sequence

Online and On-Campus Coursework, Two Summer Sessions, (3 weeks on campus each session)

  • Year I and II: Seven weeks online, then three weeks in Vermont from late July to mid-August

Online Coursework and Interim-Year Teaching Practicum, (9 months)

  • Year I (September–May): 10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week, plus supervised interim-year teaching practicum conducted in your current job
  • Year II (September–December): 10 to 15 hours of online coursework per week

Independent Professional Project (Thesis)

  • Year II: January–May

Alumni Careers

Students in this program go on to work in the field in a variety of areas including study abroad offices, NGOs, nonprofits, and government agencies. Find out some of the career paths that may be open to you.

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
  • Chief of Staff and Chief Learning Officer, Marlboro College
  • Director, American English Language Center, Morocco
  • Head of Language Acquisition and Project Based Learning, MiSK International School, Riyadh
  • Acting Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. State Department English Language Specialist
  • TESOL Training Manager, World Learning, Washington, DC
  • Founder, Centro Espiral Mana, Teacher Training, and Education Center, Costa Rica
  • Director of International Programs at WIDA
  • English Language Fellow, Argentina
  • Visiting Professor, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • ESOL Professor, Dulwich College, Suzhou, China
  • Professor of Intensive English, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan
  • ESL Instructor, University of Texas Austin, US
  • English Language Fellow, U.S. State Department, and Georgetown University Center for Intercultural Education and Development, Washington, DC, US
  • English Teacher, Universal American School, Kuwait
  • MA TESOL Program Chair, Marlboro College Graduate & Professional Studies, Brattleboro, VT, US
  • Language Training Specialist at Peace Corps


See a breakdown of the costs for this program.

Direct Costs

Tuition and Fees

Year 1 Tuition: $10,800
Year 1 Fees: $1,455

Year 2 Tuition: $10,800
Year 2 Fees: $1,455

MA degree total tuition and fees (all terms combined): $24,510

Year 1 On-Campus Room and Board: $1,050

Year 2 Estimated On-Campus Room and Board: $1,050

Indirect Costs

SIT estimates the costs to students for books, personal expenses, transportation. Individual expenses may vary.

Year 1 Books: $1,200
Year 1 Personal Expenses: $1,500
Year 1 Transportation Costs: $500

Year 2 Books: $1,200
Year 2 Personal Expenses: $1,500
Year 2 Transportation Costs: $500

Additional Costs

Estimated Student Loan Fees:

Year 1: $150

Year 2: $150

Estimated fees are based on the average amount borrowed by SIT Graduate Institute students. See details on student loan options.


Direct costs and on-campus room and board are billed by SIT Graduate Institute. Indirect, off-campus housing costs, transportation expenses, and additional costs are not billed by SIT but represent educational expenses associated with being an enrolled student.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 28, 2018
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2 years
24,510 USD
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