Open up a world of opportunity for your students and your career with an M.Ed. in
Earn a high-quality online master's degree in ESL education from California University of Pennsylvania
- a university with a long history of producing top teachers in Pennsylvania and beyond. This graduate program is designed
for certified teachers who want to expand their expertise and their careers with a
master of education degree, but who are not seeking ESL teaching certification. If
you are seeking ESL certification, Cal U offers both an ESL certification-only program and a combined ESL M.Ed. plus certification program as well.
Cal U's ESL master's degree program will prepare you to teach ESL to both children
and adults, and will help you develop professional relationships in one of the most
in-demand teaching fields. 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.
Why should you earn your ESL master's degree at Cal U?
Fully online courses enable you to earn your degree from anywhere, and give you the flexibility to adapt
your workload to your schedule.
You will build a community and collaborate online with fellow students who are completing the same classes as you.
Cal U offers personal academic and career advising via telephone and email.
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.
Fieldwork: Field-based components are an integral part of every ESL master's degree course and
will provide you with opportunities and support to apply your skills with English
language learners in K-12 and other classroom settings near you.
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 …
Cal U, in collaboration with Pennsylvania's Intermediate Unit 1, has received
over $2 million in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Education for ESL professional
As an ESL master's degree student at Cal U you will benefit from:
Asynchronous online courses that enable you to complete assignments at any time from
Instruction that focuses on research-based best practices in ESL education.
Involvement in a global community of ESL
Job-placement support from faculty, alumni and Cal U's Career
Cal U's M.Ed. in ESL will prepare you to be an effective teacher for the growing ESL
population. In Pennsylvania, there is a shortage of ESL teachers, meaning there are
many job opportunities. Rewarding ESL career opportunities also exist throughout the
United States and abroad, in both the public and private sectors. Cal U 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
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.
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 Pennsylvania Department of Education requirements for the ESL program
Do you have an Intermediate Unit 1 ESL Certificate?
If you have completed the ESL program at Intermediate Unit 1 (IU1), you can transfer
18 credits toward the online ESL M.Ed. degree-only program at Cal U. This agreement
attests to the achievements you've already accomplished in your certification program
and enables you to get a head start on your master's degree.
English as a Second Language Master's Degree Courses
This 33-credit master's degree 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
EDE 701 Standards Aligned Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction
EDU 704 Introduction to English as a Second Language
EDU 709 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
EDU 712 Content Instruction and Assessment Pre-K to Grade 12
EDU 713 Language Acquisition and Development
EDU 714 Language Proficiency Assessment
EDU 719 Supporting Second Language Learners, Families, and Community
ESP 610 Special Education Foundations & Collaboration
PSY 712 Advanced Psychology of Learning
RES 800 Methods of Research
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
Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular
Admissions Requirements. Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s
have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 2.80 will be reviewed for a decision
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.
English as a Second Language Degrees and Certificates
English as a Second Language Master's Degree plus Certificate Program A master of education degree for teachers who wish to simultaneously pursue an M.Ed.
and ESL teaching certification.
English as a Second Language Certificate Program A certificate-only program for teachers who are seeking an ESL teaching certificate
but do not intend to earn a master's degree.
As of Summer 2018, per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, if you are certified
to teach in Pennsylvania 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.