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

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

The program provides students seeking the ESL certificate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to address the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in a comprehensive program. This certification is for certificate holders in all K-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)
  • 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

Courses of Study - 15 Credits

EDU/MLS 428: Culture and Diversity of English Learners
EDU/MLS 434: Instructional Methodology for English Learners
EDU/MLS 435: Language Acquisition and English Linguistics
EDU 436 - Assessment of English Learners
EDU 437 - Protocols and Practices for PA ESL Programs

Courses taught on campus and online