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
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 may also apply for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate from PDE.
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.
For students interested in receiving ACT 48 credit for your ESL coursework, please consult the Registrar’s Office at Penn State University, University Park.