Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a second language certification is an add-on certificate available to students that currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. The 18-credit ESL certificate program covers the theory and practice of second language education, the structure and sound of English, the design and assessment of ESL course materials, as well as broader issues in intercultural learning. Completion of the program also includes field-based experiences and a capstone action research project, under the guidance of an ESL Program Specialist. It does not require that the instructor speak another language. Credits earned through this program may be applied toward the MS in the Science of Instruction, or the MS in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum.

This program satisfies PA State of Education requirements for Program Specialist: ESL endorsement. Interstate agreements generally allow applicability across the US. However, prospective students outside of Pennsylvania are advised to check with their state authorities to determine whether this program is appropriate for their case.

Courses
LING 560Introduction to Linguistics3.0
EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching3.0
EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English3.0
EDUC 606Design and Assessment3.0
EDUC 608The Intercultural Learner3.0
EDUC 610Action Rsch in Tchg ELLs3.0
Total Credits18.0
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