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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.

Program Requirements
  • 15 credits of classwork 
  • 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

Admissions Requirements and Deadlines

Admissions Requirements:

  • Application
  • Official transcripts from all previous colleges or universities
  • Teaching Certification
  • Name and contact information of three references


  • 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 Dr. Brenda Muzeta at


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