English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist and Leadership Certificate Program

Penn State Harrisburg offers the ESL Specialist and Leadership Certificate program online to PreK-12 educators and to candidates in the Master's in Teaching and Curriculum Program, who may be interested in obtaining the ESL certificate from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). The focus of the program is on preparing educators to meet the needs of English language learners in the culturally and linguistically diverse PreK-12 classroom.

Degree Conferred: Post-baccalaureate certificate only

Application Process

  1. Complete the Graduate School online application, choosing Certificate Admission for the application type. Next, select Harrisburg as the Campus, ESL Program Specialist and Leadership as the Certificate, and the semester you choose to begin. The ESL Certificate Program brings in new cohorts in Spring and Summer semesters only. Please see schedule of classes below. 
  2. Submit copies of your undergraduate transcripts to the Program Director (contact information listed below).
  3. If you are requesting scholarship funding, also submit a Letter of Recommendation to the Program Director.
  4. International applicants have additional requirements.

After Completing Your Application

  1. After you complete your online graduate application, you will receive a letter from Penn State University indicating whether or not you have been accepted to begin study in a graduate certificate program.
  2. Once all of your application materials have been submitted to the ESL Program Director, your complete application will then be reviewed by the ESL Program staff.
  3. If you meet the requirements for the program, you will receive an admissions letter from the ESL Program.

Program Goals

The primary goals of the program are:

  • To broaden PreK-12 educators' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of cultural and linguistic differences, language acquisition, literacy development, and reflective teaching practices within the ESL classroom
  • To enhance PreK-12 educators' abilities to develop and use curricular, instructional, and assessment strategies and materials that raise the achievement levels and increase the academic success of English language learners

Candidate learning outcomes are aligned with PDE and TESOL standards, and fulfill the PDE academic requirements for the ESL Specialist and Leadership Certificate.

Who Should Enroll

Enrollment in the 15-credit, graduate-level ESL Specialist and Leadership Certificate program is open to all PreK-12 educators and to candidates in the Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum program.

  • Upon successful completion of the five, 3-credit courses (EDUC 466, 467, 468, 469, and 475), candidates will have satisfied the requirements for the PSU post-baccalaureate ESL Program Specialist and Leadership certificate. 
  • Candidates with Level I or Level II teacher certification in Pennsylvania who wish to receive their ESL Program Specialist Certificate from PDE must complete an additional 1-credit field experience internship in the final semester, for a total of 16 credit hours. Upon successful completion of the 16 credit hours, candidates are recommended by Penn State Harrisburg and, with the written approval of their school districts or intermediate units, may apply to PDE for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate.

Potential candidates must apply online as a graduate student in the ESL post-baccalaureate program or be admitted as graduate students into the Master of Education in Teaching and Curriculum Program at Penn State Harrisburg.

The ESL Specialist and Leadership Certificate Program, established in 2003, is funded by a $1.54 million, multi-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) National Professional Development Program. Partial tuition scholarships are available for the five courses for eligible teachers. Preference is given to teachers of science, technology, engineering, and math, to teachers in rural districts, and to teachers from school districts or intermediate units with low AYP as reported to the PDE.

For students interested in receiving ACT 48 credit for your ESL coursework, please consult the Registrar’s Office  at Penn State University, University Park.

ESL Schedule of Courses

ESL PROGRAM COURSE SCHEDULE

 

Semester

EDUC 466

EDUC 467

EDUC 468

EDUC 469

EDUC 475 & 495

SP12

Cohort VIII

 

 

 

 

SU12

Cohort IX

Cohort VIII

 

 

 

FA12

 

Cohort IX

Cohort VIII

 

 

SP13

Cohort X

 

Cohort IX

Cohort VIII

 

SU13

Cohort XI

Cohort X

 

Cohort IX

Cohort VIII

FA13

 

Cohort XI

Cohort X

 

Cohort IX

SP14

Cohort XII

 

Cohort XI

Cohort X

 

SU14

Cohort XIII

Cohort XII

 

Cohort XI

Cohort X

FA14

 

Cohort XIII

Cohort XII

 

Cohort XI

SP15

Cohort XIV

 

Cohort XIII

Cohort XII

 

SU15

Cohort XV

Cohort XIV

 

Cohort XIII

Cohort XII

FA15

 

Cohort XV

Cohort XIV

 

Cohort XIII

SP16

 

 

Cohort XV

Cohort XIV

 

SU16

 

 

 

Cohort XV

Cohort XIV

Certificate Courses

EDUC 466 FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (3) - An introduction to the legal, historical, and cultural implications of ESL, including the fundamentals of developing English language skills, an overview of second language acquisition, and multicultural education.

EDUC 467 ENGLISH LANGUAGE STRUCTURE FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS (3) - An in-depth study of general linguistic concepts and their application to ESL pedagogy. A review of the major ideas related to linguistic analysis of grammar and dialect with a focus on syntax and discourse, language and communication, and evaluative classroom instruments used to measure student progress.

EDUC 468 LANGUAGE ACQUISITION FOR ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE TEACHERS (3) – In depth study of the process involved in the acquisition and development of first language interrelations between psycholinguistics and cognition. Development of an understanding of the process involved in the acquisition and development of language, including learning a second language, differences in how children, adolescents, and adults learn language, and evaluative classroom instruments to measure student progress.

EDUC 469 TEACHING METHODS AND ASSESSMENT OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE (3) – Preparation for ESL teaching through the study of: (1) trends, major theories, methodologies, and assessment in second language learning; (2) second language teaching approaches applicable to elementary, middle, and high school students; (3) materials development and evaluation, and (4) the exploration of teacher action research in the ESL classroom. Development of a broad base of knowledge and skills to increase teacher effectiveness in meeting the needs of diverse learners through appropriate instructional, curricular, and behavioral strategies.

EDUC 475 ESL LEADERSHIP, RESEARCH, AND ADVOCACY (3) - ESL Leadership is the final capstone course for the ESL Specialist and Leadership Certification program for graduate and non-degree candidates in the ESL Program grant program. This hybrid course involves online readings and discussions about ESL and field-based action research in PreK-12 educational settings with English language learners (ELLs).

EDUC 495 INTERNSHIP (1) - Supervised off-campus, non-group instruction including individual field experiences, practicums or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

 

Please contact the program staff for additional information:
Karin Sprow Forté, D.Ed.
Project Director, ESL Certficate Program
School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
777 W Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057

Tel: (717) 948-6295
Fax: (717) 948-6209


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