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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Master of Education – English as a Second Language 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 Certificate – Credits: 18 minimum (program code: 0926)

Program Description

This online program is for certified teachers interested in English as a second language (ESL). The program offers three options: master's degree with certification, master’s without certification, and certificate. 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 ESL program apply knowledge in the following domains: language, culture, instruction, assessment and professionalism. In each domain, educators are 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

Admission 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
  • Master’s with certification AND Certification Only: Copy of teaching certification
    • Applicants in other states will have six months after admission to secure and submit evidence of PA Department of Education certification
  • Master’s Only: Resume will be evaluated on the basis of prior studies and/or significant professional experience
  • International Global Online Applicants

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on any missing document/s have up to a maximum of one term to satisfy the requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
Out of State Students: Students who will be seeking certification outside of Pennsylvania should consult the State Authorization web page for the most up-to-date information regarding out-of-state certification information.

Curriculum - ESL Master's degree options (33 credits)

CourseCredits
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment3
EDU 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language3
EDU 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity3
EDU 712 Content Instruction and Assessment Pre-K-123
EDU 713 Language Acquisition and Development3
EDU 714 Language Proficiency Assessment3
EDU 719 Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community3
ESP 610 Science and Math in Early Childhood Education
3
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning
3
RES 800 Methods of Research
3

Elective: Select one of the following

EDE 768 Internship*
3
ESP 740 Nature/Characteristics: Autism Spectrum Disorders3
MSE 750 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language3
MSE 755 Constructivist Instructional Strategies
3
MSE 760 Communication, Behavior and Instruction: Autism Spectrum Disorders

*Internship: 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.

Chapter 49 Requirements for Options with Certification
The following are required for certification, if not previously completed at the undergraduate or graduate level:
Course
Credits
  ESP 610 Special Education Foundations and Collaboration  3
  ESP 612 Evidence-based Practices  3
  ESP 701 Introduction to Behavioral Analysis  3

Curriculum - ESL Certificate (18 credits)

Course
Credits
EDU 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language
 3
EDU 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
 3
EDU 712 Content Instruction and Assessment Pre-K-12 3
EDU 713 Language Acquisition and Development 3
EDU 714 Language Proficiency Assessment 3
EDU 719 Supporting Second Language Learners, Families, and Community
 3


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.

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 the nonrefundable $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)

Application Questions

Phone: 724-938-4187
Email: gradschool@calu.edu

For Additional Information

Email: elemedonline@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Susan Morris-Rutledge, Ph.D.: Curriculum and Instruction (University of Mississippi), M.A.: English, (University of South Dakota), B.A.: History and Political Science, University of South Dakota
Web Page: http://www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Susan-Morris-Rutledge.aspx
Email: morrisrutledge@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4724

Program Faculty

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

Clover Wright, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College)

For faculty bios, visit: www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm