Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certification

Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certification


ESL Teacher Certification APPROVED by Pennsylvania Dept of Education & Sponsored by Midwestern IU IV


  • 18 Act 48 Graduate-level Credits

  • Qualify for Level II Accreditation

  • Credits approved for PA Master Equivalency

  • PDE Official ESL Certification

  • Earns ESL Certification to teachAct 48 Credits: 18 Graduate Level credits (Pennsylvania Department of Education Approved)

Course Type: Facilitated by eAdviser Susan Evans

ESL Course Schedule:

  1. ESL01 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity | 3 Act 48 Graduate Level Credits

  2. ESL02 Language Acquisition | 3 Act 48 Graduate Level Credits

  3. ESL03 Literacy Acquisition | 3 Act 48 Graduate Level Credits

  4. ESL04 Observing and Planning Instruction to ELL Students | 3 Act 48 Graduate Level Credits

  5. ESL05 Implementing and Managing Instruction to ELL Students | 3 Act 48 Graduate Level Credits

  6. ESL06 Assessing ESL Students | 3 Act 48 Graduate Level Credits

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Certification Description: Developed for the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the ESL Program Specialist Certification has certified over 1,000 ESL school program coordinators and teachers in classrooms with English Language Learners.

Teachers entering the workforce often struggle regarding how to use a language-focused, quality curriculum that maintains academic rigor and high expectations for English language learners. Participants in this program will learn how to efficiently and effectively instruct English language learners using research-based methodologies regarding language structures, functions, forms, patterns and conventions of oral and written language in alignment with Pennsylvania’s English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) and the Common Core while applying instructional practices that provide students with comprehensible input. Educators exiting this program will also be well-equipped to use data to inform their instruction through the competent implementation of Pennsylvania’s mandated English language proficiency assessments (ACCESS for ELLs and W-APT) as well as formative assessments. 

Important: Working with an ESL adviser and classroom observation built into every ESL course

Ready to Register? There are 3 easy ways to enroll.

  1. Purchase online: Click on Enroll in Course link.

  2. Phone Order: (603) 502-2323

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Course Duration:  The expected completion time is 7-12 months. Teachers have up to 3 years to complete.

FULL CERTIFICATION DESCRIPTION: ESL Program Specialist Certification

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Pennsylvania Requirements: A Level II Accreditation is required of all Level I teachers to maintain their teaching credentials in Pennsylvania. Midwestern IU IV's ESL Program Specialist Certification provides all Level I accredited teachers a pathway that includes 18 approved ACT 48 graduate-level credits for teachers to earn both their Pennsylvania Level II accreditation (24 credits required) and an ESL Program Specialist Certification.

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