2021-2022 Academic Catalog

Certificate in English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Program Description

The English as a second language (ESL) post-baccalaureate certificate program is designed for certified teachers. It builds skills related to language, culture, instruction, assessment and professionalism that are relevant when working with English language learners. 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. 

Program Coordinator

Dr. Susan Morris-Rutledge

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100% online delivery)


Cal U's teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In addition, Cal U 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).


Course Credits
EDU 704  Foundations of ESL Education (offered summer only) 3
EDU 709  Sociolinguistics (offered fall only) 3
EDU 712  Content-Based ESL Instruction (offered spring only) 3
EDU 713  Language Acquisition and Development (offered summer only)  3
EDU 714  Language Assessment (offered spring only) 3
EDU 719  Supporting Second Language Learners, Families and Community (offered fall only) 3
Total 18

Program Notes

  • 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. 

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