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English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist K-12 Certification

Kutztown University's Department of Secondary Education has been accredited by the PA Department of Education to provide the Program Specialist Certificate-English as a Second Language (ESL).

This program is designed to provide students seeking the ESL certificate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to address the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in a comprehensive EL program.  This certification is for certificate holders in all kindergarten through grade 12 programs to be conferred upon completion of or possession of an initial teaching certificate.

Requirements for Admission

• Official transcripts from previous colleges or universities (non-KU)

• A 3.0 undergraduate GPA is required for admission into the program

One of the following:

- Praxis II (or PECT)

- Instructional I or II teaching certificate (by completion)

- GRE scores

• Three letters of recommendation

• For Admission information, contact Graduate Studies Admissions

Program Requirements

15 credits of class work 

60 hours of fieldwork experience

Students must have a valid PA Instructional I or II Certificate to complete the program

Foreign applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English via the ACTFL English Language OPI

Course of Study - 15 Credits

EDU/MLS 428: Culture and Diversity of English Learners
This course is designed to prepare English as a Second Language (ESL) program specialists to facilitate the integration of English Language Learners (ELLs) and their families into the host school and community.  As well, the course facilitates school staff members' understanding of multicultural and multi-language learners' needs and support strategies so as to maximize the educational experience.  Participants in this course will undertake a comparative approach to similarities and differences between the U.S. culture and other cultures with the goal of developing cultural understanding and sensitivity of ELL/ESL students and families living in the U.S. culture

EDU/MLS 434: Instructional Methodology for English Learners
This course introduces students to theories, principles, and practices related to language acquisition and the instruction of English learners.  Students will learn a variety of strategies for supporting literacy and language acquisition and adapting content-area instruction and assessment to meet the specific needs of English language learners.  This course will also prepare students to develop, implement, and evaluate curricula for use with English language learners at various stages of English language development in order to maximize student learning and academic performance.  This course is designed to meet the requirements for the Pennsylvania English as a Second Language Program Specialist certification program and the TESOL/CAEP Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs.

EDU/MLS 435: Language Acquisition and English Linguistics
This course is for English as a Second Language (ESL) practitioners in partial requirement for the Pennsylvania Program Specialist-ESL Certificate.  This course offers an overview of the basic mechanisms of human language, as well as first and second language acquisition and literacy development.  Students will examine the linguistic elements of American English and discover effective methods of instruction and assessment of spoken and written language for use with English learners. This course is for English as a Second Language (ESL) practitioners in partial requirement for the Pennsylvania Program Specialist-ESL Certificate.  This course offers an overview of the basic mechanisms of human language, as well as first and second language acquisition and literacy development.  Students will examine the linguistic elements of American English and discover effective methods of instruction and assessment of spoken and written language for use with ESL learners.

EDU 436 - Assessment of English Learners
This course examines the different types and purposes of assessment and the various assessment issues that affect English language learners (i.e. accountability, bias).  Students will learn about a variety of performance-based assessments as well as appropriate modifications and accommodations to traditional classroom and standardized assessments in order to measure English language learners' content knowledge independent of their language proficiency.  This course will also prepare students to administer standards-based language proficiency assessments and to use the results of these assessments to determine the entry, placement, and instruction of English language learners, as well as to demonstrate students' progress toward and attainment of English language proficiency.  This course is designed to meet the requirements for the Pennsylvania English as a Second Language Program Specialist certification program and the TESOL/CAEP Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs.     

EDU 437 - Protocols and Practices for PA ESL Programs
This course examines the history of bilingual and English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction in the United States and the impact of educational policy on the education of English language learners (ELLs).  This course will also prepare students to build collaborative relationships with colleagues who are responsible for general and content-area instruction of ELLs and to serve as advocates for ELLs and their families. This course is designed to meet the requirements for the Pennsylvania English as a Second Language Program Specialist certification program and the TESOL/CAEP Standards for P-12 Teacher Education Programs.     
 

Courses taught on campus and online