Teaching English as a Second Language

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 16.5
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 13.1401
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-2031
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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 16.5 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.

LING 560Foundations of Linguistics3.0
EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching3.0
EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English3.0
EDUC 606Design and Assessment3.0
EDUC 608The Intercultural Learner4.5
Total Credits16.5
First Year
Term 1Credits
EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching3.0
LING 560Foundations of Linguistics3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 2
EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English3.0
EDUC 606Design and Assessment3.0
 Term Credits6.0
Term 3
EDUC 608The Intercultural Learner4.5
 Term Credits4.5
Total Credit: 16.5
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