English as a Second Language

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Program Credits

The certification program in English as a Second Language prepares teachers to promote the academic success of English language learners and prepares candidates for the ESL program specialist certificate awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

The 18-credit program consists of online coursework and 60 hours of face-to-face field experiences. It combines instructional planning, teaching practices, and professionalism with a historical exploration of immigration and cultural perspectives. This helps ESL teachers to work effectively with families and communities and establish learning goals and assessment measures that are appropriate for each individual student. Students complete field experiences, including at least one in a public school setting, aligned with competencies in the coursework. Research on the structure and nature of language is utilized to give future teachers professional experience in helping their students adjust to the challenges of learning a new language.

Contact Information

Ying Zhang, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Education 

Susan W. Parker, Ph.D.
Department Head, Education

  • TESL6000    Introduction Teaching English as a Second Language
  • TESL6010    Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
  • TESL6020    Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction
  • TESL6030    Language Acquisition and Development
  • TESL6040    Assessment and Support
  • TESL6050    English Language Learners, Family, Community and Professionalism
Admissions Requirements

The admissions requirements include:

  • Teaching Certificate
  • Three acceptable criminal record/ child abuse clearances
  • Resume
  • 2 letters of reference
  • Transcripts
  • Foreign applicants must have a minimum score of 80 for the TOEFL iBT or 7 for the IELTS to be considered as proficient in English

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Developing Cultural Awareness
Observe, Plan and Implement Instruction
Language Acquisition & Development