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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.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)

Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly  NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admissions Criteria

Admission Requirements (Regular)

  • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.80 or a 3.00 in last 48 credits earned (Students with a GPA below 2.80 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited undergraduate institution
  • Copy of teaching certification
  • For International Applicants: TOEFL score of 213 on computer-based exam, 550 on paper-based exam or 80 on Internet-based exam. An official copy of an IELTS with a minimum score of6.0may be substituted for the TOEFL score.

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted for a period not to exceed two terms with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts

How to Apply:

  • Complete the Graduate School Application
  • Under Planned Course of Study:
    • Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “English as a Second Language (MEd without Cert)” as the designated program
    • Or Select “Teacher Education (MEd)” and then choose “English as a Second Language (MEd with Cert)” as the designated program
    • Or Select “English as a Second Language (Cert Only)”
  • Submit your $25 Application Fee
  • Mail official transcript to:
    • School of Graduate Studies and Research
      California University of Pennsylvania
      Box 91
      250 University Ave.
      California, PA 15419
  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712)

For additional information:

Email: elemedonline@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Out of State Students:

All students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania are responsible for securing and following the certification requirements in the state in which they intend to apply for certification.


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