English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate
The English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate will prepare you to effectively work with English language learners as classrooms across Pennsylvania and the region become increasingly diverse. Upon successful completion, you will earn the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Program Specialist: ESL Certificate.
Through this program, you will develop a foundation in English usage, linguistic awareness and second language acquisition. Coursework will train you to adapt and develop instructional materials for English language learners, as well as administer and interpret a variety of formative and summative assessments. You’ll become knowledgeable about support services for English language learners while developing cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Courses are taught by Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) professors with K through grade 12 teaching experience to ensure that you will be guided by experts in the field and receive a high-quality education. Each course includes fieldwork, so students have frequent opportunities to employ their new concepts and skills by teaching English language learners. In addition, graduate students can apply these course credits to Temple University’s MSEd in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
The ESL certificate can be added to any valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II teaching certificate. However, to obtain a position as an ESL teacher in a public school, you must be certified in early childhood education, middle grades English or secondary English. If you are certified in other middle grades or secondary content areas, you should take the Praxis II for English to add this credential.
This 12-credit certificate program can be completed in one academic year (September–May), over one, 12-week summer session and the fall term (May–December), or over the spring term and one, 12-week summer session (January–August). It is not recommended that students take all four courses during one, 12-week summer session. To accommodate practicing teachers and professionals, classes for in-person sections of the courses are held once a week in the evening.
Beginning in the fall 2019 term, some sections of all courses will be offered in an asynchronous, online format to allow students throughout Pennsylvania to pursue the program. Each course has a mandatory fieldwork component. Students can complete their fieldwork requirements in their own schools or they can receive field placement assistance from the College of Education and Human Development’s Office of Field Placement.
Classes & Curriculum
The English as a Second Language Graduate Certificate requires completion of four courses. It is recommended, but not required, that students take the courses in the following order.
- Foundations of Language Teaching: Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners
- Contexts for Teaching and Learning Language
- Multilingual Students’ Literacy Development
- Designing Assessment and Curriculum for Multilingual Students