|Person-in-Charge||Karin Sprow Forté|
The primary goal of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)-approved ESL Specialist and Leadership Certificate Program, a U.S. Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA), National Professional Development grant-funded program, is to prepare mainstream PreK-12 teachers to work effectively with English learners (ELs), their families, and communities. The curriculum includes:
- Legal, historical, and socio-cultural background and history of ELs in the U.S.;
- English language structure and linguistics;
- Second language acquisition;
- ESL curricular, instructional, and assessment strategies and best practices; and
- ESL instructional leadership, action research, and advocacy with EL populations.
The curriculum focuses on helping PreK-12 teachers do the following:
- become ESL instructional leaders by learning, understanding, and incorporating curricular, instructional, and assessment strategies specifically tailored for ELs;
- learn to develop and implement ESL action research projects within their own classrooms; and
- develop cultural competence, engage in active outreach, and become advocates for ELs.
Effective Date: Summer 2017
Expiration Date: Spring 2022
Applicants apply for admission to the program via the Graduate School application for admission. Requirements listed here are in addition to Graduate Council policies listed under GCAC-300 General Admissions Standards. International applicants may be required to satisfy an English proficiency requirement; see GCAC-305 Admission Requirements for International Students for more information.
- A baccalaureate degree in education or education-related field of study from a regionally accredited U.S. institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA;
- official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended;
- Level I or II teaching certification in Pennsylvania; and
- a written statement describing the applicant's teaching situation, demographic information about the school district and English Language Learners (ELLs), and why the applicant is applying to obtain the ESL specialist certificate.
Requirements listed here are in addition to requirements listed in Graduate Council policy GCAC-212 Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Programs.
Students are required to take all five courses (15 credits) in sequence.
|EDUC 466||Foundations of Teaching English as a Second Language||3|
|EDUC 467||English Language Structure for English as a Second Language Teachers||3|
|EDUC 468||Language Acquisition for English as a Second Language Teachers||3|
|EDUC 469||Teaching Methods and Assessment of English as a Second Language||3|
|EDUC 475||ESL Leadership, Research and Advocacy||3|
Graduate courses carry numbers from 500 to 699 and 800 to 899. Advanced undergraduate courses numbered between 400 and 499 may be used to meet some graduate degree requirements when taken by graduate students. Courses below the 400 level may not. A graduate student may register for or audit these courses in order to make up deficiencies or to fill in gaps in previous education but not to meet requirements for an advanced degree.