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English as a Second Language – Certification Outside Pennsylvania

The English as a Second Language Master of Education plus Certification and Certification-Only programs prepare individuals to meet the Pennsylvania Department of Education ESL program specialist certification guidelines. Upon successful completion, candidates will be prepared to apply to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for the ESL program specialist certification. Completion of an approved certification program is a requirement for certification in Pennsylvania. In the certification process, the university informs the state that a student has completed the university's state-approved program. The state then reviews the student's credentials and determines eligibility for certification.

Students from states other than Pennsylvania

Students from states other than Pennsylvania are welcome to apply, but should first contact the department of education in the state(s) in which they intend to secure ESL teaching certification for further information regarding certification requirements and reciprocity agreements. California University of Pennsylvania does not grant certification. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Cal U Program Coordinator of the requirements that must be met to fulfill the student’s individual academic and career goals.  The Cal U program is designed to meet Pennsylvania Department of Education ESL program specialist certification guidelines.  Any additional requirements are the responsibility of the student.

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