English as a Second Language (ESL)

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Master of Education - English as a Second Language with certification- Credits: 33 (program code: 0904)

Master of Education - English as a Second Language without certification - Credits: 33 minimum (program code: 0914)

English as a Second Language Certificate - Credits: 18 minimum (program code: 0926)

Program Description

This online program is for certified teachers interested in English as a second language (ESL). The program offers three options: master's degree with certification, master's without certification, and certificate. 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. Graduate students in the ESL program apply knowledge in the following domains: language, culture, instruction, assessment and professionalism. In each domain, educators are challenged to develop professionalism in language education, promote individual language rights, provide accessible and high-quality education, develop collaboration in a global community, engage in research and reflective practice for educational improvement, and cultivate a respect for diversity and multiculturalism.

Delivery Mode

Global Online (100 percent online delivery)


Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP, formerly  NCATE)

Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

Admission Criteria


Curriculum - Master's


Curriculum - Certificate



Students in the English as a second language education program receive academic and professional advisement from the program coordinator and program faculty. Each student is assigned to an academic adviser from the time he/she is accepted into the program of study. Advisers work with students to discuss, monitor and provide advisement as it relates to their program of study.

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For Additional Information

Email: elemedonline@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Program Coordinator

Susan Morris-Rutledge, Ph.D.: Curriculum and Instruction (University of Mississippi), M.A.: English, (University of South Dakota), B.A.: History and Political Science, University of South Dakota
Web Page: https://www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/Susan-Morris-Rutledge.aspx
Email: morrisrutledge@calu.edu
Phone: 724-938-4724 

Program Faculty

Christine Peterson, Ed.D. (West Virginia University), M.S. (Johns Hopkins University), B.S. (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor

Clover Wright, Ed.D., M.A. (West Virginia University), B.A. (Antioch College)

For faculty bios, visit: https://www.calu.edu/academics/faculty/index.htm