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English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification

Program Specialist K-12 Certification

The Pennsylvania Department of Education lists ESL as the number one teacher shortage area in PA. 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.

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).

Program Requirements
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.

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines
  • Admissions Requirements:
    • Application
    • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
    • Teaching Certification
    • Name and contact information of three references
  • Deadlines:
    • Fall semester: August 1st
    • Spring semester: December 1st
    • Summer sessions: May 1st

How Can I Receive More Information?

If you would like more information on the ESL Program Specialist Certification, please request information via the Office of Graduate Admissions or send an email to ESL program coordinator Dr. Brenda Muzeta at muzeta@kutztown.edu


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