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English as a Second Language Program Specialist

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Elizabeth Smolcic
257 Chambers Building
Telephone:  814-867-3199

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist certificate is designed to give teachers the essential knowledge and skills to effectively work with English learners, their families, and their communities in public school (K-12) contexts. Candidates are required to complete with a grade of a C or higher five 3-credit courses that correspond to the ESL Program Specialist K-12 Program Guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education and include 60 hours of integrated field experience. An optional pathway to complete the ESL certificate is an international program in which some of the courses are completed abroad. The program will lead to demonstration of knowledge of the fundamental concepts and teaching practices of English as a Second Language instruction and services to the growing numbers of English learners in public schools. Candidates who wish to obtain certification from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) in addition to this earning this postbaccalaureate credit certificate from Penn State should consult with Curriculum and Instruction graduate program faculty and advisers to determine the PDE’s current requirements prior to taking coursework for the ESL postbaccalaureate credit certificate.

Admission Requirements:

For admission to the Graduate School, an applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

List of CoursesIncluded in the Certificate:
WL ED 400
WL ED 444
WL ED 483

Effective Semester:  Summer 2013

Expiration Semester:  Spring 2018

Reveiw Date: 11/19/2013


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