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English as a Second Language (ESL)


Master of Education – English as a Second Language Master of Education with certification – Credits: 33 (program code:  0904) 

Master of Education – English as a Second Language without certification – Credits:  33  minimum  (program code:  0914)

English as a Second Language Certification Only – Credits: 33 minimum  (program code: 0924)

Program Description

This online program is for certified teachers interested in gaining a master's degree and/or additional certification in English as a second language (ESL). The curriculum is aligned with the Pennsylvania Department of Education ESL Program Specialist Standards and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Standards. Graduate students in the English as a second language program will apply knowledge in the following domains: language, culture, instruction, assessment and professionalism. In each of these domains, educators will be challenged to develop professionalism in language education, promote individual language rights, provide accessible and high-quality education, develop collaboration in a global community, engage in research and reflective practice for educational improvement, and cultivate a respect for diversity and multiculturalism.

Program Objectives

  • Knowledge of Subject Matter – The candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  • Knowledge of Human Development and Learning – The candidate understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
  • Adapting Instruction for Individual Needs – The candidate understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
  • Multiple Instructional Strategies – The candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem-solving and performance skills.
  • Classroom Motivation and Management Skills – The candidate uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.
  • Communication Skills – The candidate uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  • Instructional Planning Skills – The candidate plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum goals.
  • Assessment of Student Learning – The candidate understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.
  • Professional Commitment and Responsibility – The candidate is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
  • Partnerships – The candidate fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.
  • Diversity – The candidate understands the influence of culture on personal growth and recognizes and respects cultural differences, and believes that all human beings possess capacity for thought, feeling and learning.
  • Field Experience – The candidate understands the importance of completing and documenting early field experience and recognizes the importance of a steady progression from being an “observer” to becoming an “active participant.”

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Accreditation

National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admissions Criteria

Minimum 2.80 GPA, or 3.00 GPA in last 48 credits, in a baccalaureate degree verified with official transcripts from an accredited institution

A copy of all current professional certificates held

A current resume or curriculum vitae

Graduate School Application plus $25 nonrefundable application fee

Pennsylvania Act 24, 34, 114, and 151 clearances (or appropriate clearances for non-Pennsylvania residents) are required for field-based course registration but not admission. Applicants may be admitted to the program but will not be able to register for field-based courses until all of the up-to-date clearances are submitted.

Additional information:

The program is open to students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree and teaching certification.

Previous teaching experience is not required, but teaching certification is required for admission.

Curriculum

English as a Second Language Master's Curriculum (33 credits)

CourseCredits
EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3
EDE 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity3
EDE 712 Content Instruction and Assessment Pre-K-123
EDE 713 Language Acquisition and Development3
EDE 714 Language Proficiency Assessment3
EDE 719 Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community3
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
3
RES 800 Methods of Research3
ESP 610 Science and Math in Early Childhood Education3
EDE 768 Internship* or Elective3

Electives:

MSE 750 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language3
MSE 755 Constructivist Instructional Strategies
3
ESP 740 Nature/Characteristics: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
MSE 760 Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders

*Internship (required for students who do not have experience teaching English language learners)

Internship note: All internships must be pre-approved one semester in advance and all internship students must have appropriate clearances. For students who are completing an internship outside Pennsylvania, clearances necessary for that state also apply. Schools or sites may require additional documentation. Any additional documents or requirements must be met in order for the internship to begin.

The online program coordinator reviews student resumes upon admission to the program to determine which students will need to complete EDE 768 Teacher Education Internship and which will need to complete an elective. Each candidate is responsible for providing the coordinator with an accurate resume that reflects his/her teaching experiences. Those who do not have experience teaching English language learners will be required to complete the internship during semester 3, 4 or 5. Those who do not need to complete the internship are required to complete an elective.

Chapter 49 Requirements
The following are required for certification, if not previously completed at the undergraduate or graduate level:
CourseCredits
ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices3
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavioral Analysis3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3
English as a Second Language – Certification Only
CoursesCredits
EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3
EDE 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity3
EDE 712 Content Instruction and Assessment Pre-K-123
EDE 713 Language Acquisition and Development3
EDE 714 Language Proficiency Assessment3
EDE 719 Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community3
EDE 768 Internship* or Elective3

Electives:

MSE 750 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language3
MSE 755 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity3
MSE 755 Constructivist Instructional Strategies
3
ESP 740 Nature/Characteristics: Autism Spectrum Disorders3

*Internship (required for students who do not have experience teaching English language learners)

Internship note: All internships must be pre-approved one semester in advance and all internship students must have appropriate clearances. For students who are completing an internship outside Pennsylvania, clearances necessary for that state also apply. Schools or sites may require additional documentation. Any additional documents or requirements must be met in order for the internship to begin.

The online program coordinator reviews student resumes upon admission to the program to determine which students will need to complete EDE 768 Teacher Education Internship and which will need to complete an elective. Each candidate is responsible for providing the coordinator with an accurate resume that reflects his/her teaching experiences. Those who do not have experience teaching English language learners will be required to complete the internship during semester 3, 4 or 5. Those who do not need to complete the internship are required to complete an elective.

Chapter 49 Requirements
The following are required for certification, if not previously completed at the undergraduate or graduate level:
CourseCredits
ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices3
ESP 701 Introduction to Behavioral Analysis3
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration3
EDE 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3

Advisement

Students in the English as a second language education program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

Application Questions

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Eberly 202B
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419
724-938-4187
gradschool@calu.edu

Program Coordinator

Clover Wright, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College)
Web Page:
www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Clover-Wright.aspx
E-mail:
wright_c@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4222

Graduate Faculty

Christine Peterson, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.S. (Johns Hopkins University), B.S. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor