This Master of Education in English as a Second Language certification program will prepare candidates for Pennsylvania public school teaching in an ESL specialist role. Through comprehensive coursework from a Christian perspective that explores linguistics, language acquisition, and methods of teaching English learners, graduates will be prepared to meet the unique needs of these students. Holders of a PA Instructional I or II certificate are eligible to obtain the ESL certificate through completion of this program. Individuals with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than education are welcome to complete the program but will not be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification. A non-degree, certification-only track is available for students who complete the 18-credit ESL core.
The Master of Education with ESL certification courses will be offered in an online format in seven-week semesters in the fall, spring and summer. Courses in the ESL certification core require field experiences in a PreK-12 ESL classroom. Field experiences cannot be completed online; they must be completed in person at a local school.
The program is 30 credit hours, to be completed entirely online through seven-week semesters in two years. The program culminates in an action research project or thesis. There will be a $750 fee for this capstone project.