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 PennWest California. 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 PennWest California, 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
Why should you earn your ESL master's degree at PennWest California?
Earn your M.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.
Top Accreditation: PennWest California'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 PennWest California 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.
U.S. News& World Report has named PennWest California's graduate education programs
among the "Best Online Programs" three years in a row, and counting …
This graduate program is aligned with Pennsylvania Department of Education ESL
Program Specialist standards and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
As an ESL master's degree student at PennWest California 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 PennWest California's Career and Professional Development
Earn a degree from a university with a 160-year reputation of producing top teachers
in Pennsylvania and beyond.
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. PennWest
California alumni have gone on to jobs as:
ESL teachers at public and private elementary and secondary schools and tutoring centers.
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.
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction
EDU 704 Foundations of ESL Education
EDU 709 Sociolinguistics
EDU 712 Content-Based ESL Instruction
EDU 713 Language Acquisition and Development
EDU 714 Language Assessment
EDU 719 Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community
RES 800 Methods of Research OR ADP 673 Supervised Field Project/Research and Evaluation
Elective Courses (Select two from the following)
EDU 702 Instructional Design and Strategies for Gifted Education
EDE 750 Foundations of Integrative Stem**
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations
MSE 643 Content Area Literacy
MSE 656 Methods of Foreign Language Teaching*
MSE 740 Advanced Instructional Technology
MSE 750 Online Technologies in Education
MSE 755 Constructivist Instructional Strategies
MSE 771 Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms
PSY 702 Psychology of Childhood
PSY 713 Psychology of Growth and Development
* Summer-only course
** Speak with the program coordinator
ESL courses require field experiences.
This is not an initial teaching licensure program. Pennsylvania requires initial licensure
before the ESL program specialist certificate can be added on.
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
Conditional Admission Requirements
Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular
Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
Provisional Admission: Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite
courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.
This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission
pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student
will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional
Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not
be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
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.
Fall, Spring, and Summer start dates for English as a Second Language Master's plus
certification and English as a Second Language Master's Summer start only for English as a Second Language Certification only.
As a graduate student studying ESL education at PennWest California, 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.
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. PennWest California's program uses a variety
of video, text and other assignments to help you achieve a full range of applicable
ESL teaching experiences.
A Top Reputation in Online Education
PennWest California's online master's degrees in education were ranked #26 in the
nation in 2017 by GraduatePrograms.com.Our qualityonline courses at PennWest California have the same objectives, content and learning
outcomes as campus-based programs and are taught by the same expert professors.
Please Note: All students who will be seeking licensure/certification outside of Pennsylvania
should consult the State Authorization web page for more information.
As of Summer 2018 and forward, per PDE, if you are PA certified then you will no longer
be required to complete the Chapter 49 Special Education Requirements for the ESL
programs. These included: ESP 610, ESP 612 and/or ESP 701. For questions, please
contact Dr. Morris-Rutledge for advisement. This does not apply to those enrolled
under the Intermediate Unit 1 Partnership.