English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language Online Master of Education (M.Ed.) With Certificate

About English as a Second Language with Certificate

Make an impact on multiple generations by teaching English as a second language.

Whether you want to teach English to non-native speakers in your home country or while traveling the world, you can earn a top-quality master's degree in ESL from California University of Pennsylvania. Designed for certified teachers, this graduate program is aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education ESL Program Specialist standards and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) standards.

At Cal U, you'll expand you professional teaching skills by gaining the knowledge, tools and disposition you need to work with the growing ESL population. Our M.Ed. program will prepare you to teach ESL to both children and adults, and it will help you develop professional relationships in one of the most in-demand teaching fields.

Why should you earn your ESL master's degree at Cal U?

  • Earn your Ed. and ESL certificate simultaneously in just five semesters, including summers.
  • Take 100% of your courses online, and on your schedule.
  • Collaborate online with fellow students who are completing the same classes as you.
  • Receive personal advising via telephone or email.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Top Accreditation: Cal U's education programs have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954, and we are continuing with the successor organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This program also meets the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

Experienced Professors: ESL education professors at Cal U have top certifications, are actively engaged with international ESL professional development associations, and have years of real-world experience teaching ESL in the United States and around the world.

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U.S. News& World Report has named Cal U's graduate education programs among the "Best Online Programs" three years in a row, and counting …
$2 Million 
Cal U, in collaboration with Intermediate Unit 1, has received over $2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education for ESL professional development initiatives.
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Degree Benefits

As an ESL master's degree student at Cal U you will:

  • Engage in research and reflective practice for ESL educational improvements.
  • Cultivate a respect for diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Develop collaborations in a global community.
  • Receive job-placement support from Cal U's Career and Professional Development Center.
  • Earn a degree from a university with a 160-year reputation of producing top teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond.
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Degree Benefits

Teaching English as a second language is as rewarding as it is demanding. ESL teaching opportunities exist throughout the world, across grade levels, and in both the public and private sectors. In Pennsylvania, there is a shortage of ESL teachers, meaning there are many job opportunities. Competitive teaching qualifications such as an M.Ed. and ESL teaching certification, further increase your career opportunities. Cal U alumni have gone on to jobs as:

  • ESL teachers at public and private elementary and secondary schools and tutoring centers.
  • School counselors.
  • Reading specialists.
  • Speech pathologists.
English as a Second Language Master's Degree
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Professional Associations

As a graduate student studying ESL education at Cal U, you'll have the opportunity to engage with local and international professional ESL development communities such as western Pennsylvania's Three Rivers TESOL and the TESOL international association.

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A Top Reputation in Online Education

Cal U's online master's degrees in education were ranked #26 in the nation in 2017 by GraduatePrograms.com. Our quality online courses at Cal U have the same objectives, content and learning outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.

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Hands-On Experience

Field-based components are an integral part of each ESL master's degree course and will provide you with opportunities to apply your skills with English language learners in K-12 classroom settings near you. Cal U's program uses a variety of video, text and other assignments to help you achieve a full range of applicable ESL teaching experiences.

English as a Second Language Master's Degree Courses

This master's degree and teaching certificate program is delivered 100% online and takes into consideration the prior knowledge and background of individual learners. Program courses will prepare you to become an effective and versatile ESL teacher. All coursework can be used to complete continuing education requirements under Pennsylvania's Act 48 professional development program.

Course Examples
  • Standards  Aligned Curriculum, Assessment And Instruction
  • Introduction To English As A Second Language
  • Developing Cultural Awareness And Sensitivity
  • Methods Of Research
  • Language Acquistion And Development
  • Language Proficiency Assessment
  • Special Education Foundations And Collaboration
  • Supporting Second Language Leaners, Families And Communities
  • Advanced Spychology Of Learning
  • Evidence-Based Practices

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English as a Second Language Faculty

Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge
Assistant Professor and ESL Program Coordinator

morrisrutledge@calu.edu

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