10-course sequence leading to the Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist endorsement.

  • This course is designed for teachers of English language learners. "Assessment and Placement of English Language Learners 1" is a course designed to expand participants' knowledge of effective assessment and placement practices for ELL students. Purposes for assessment, multiple assessment models and use of evaluation techniques will be addressed.

  • Target Audience: All K-12 Teachers of English as a Second Language or those who would like to become an ESL Teacher.

    Description: This course is designed for teachers of English Language Learners (ELLs). Assessment and Placement of English Language Learners II is a 15-hour course designed to expand participant’s knowledge of effective use of curriculum and instructional practices for ELLs. Reading and writing assessments in the content area and ESL class will be discussed. Participants will also learn the value of using rubrics and differentiated scoring for ELLs, and about the availability of school support services and how these services can assist students in language acquisition and learning. (1 credit)

  • Audience: All K-12 Teachers of English as a SecondLanguage or those who would like to become an ESL Teacher.

    Description: It is designed to expand participant’sknowledge of effective assessment practices and support services available forELL students. In addition to effectiveassessment practices, purposes for assessment, multiple assessment models, useof evaluation techniques, scaffolding of assessment, and formal/informalassessment tools will be discussed. Participants will learn the availability of school support services toassist ELLs in language acquisition and content learning and ways to promoteparental/family involvement with their children’s educational program. Participants will gain hands-on experience intest administration, interpretation, and reporting. Individualized Education Plans for ELLsidentified as special education students will also be discussed. (1 credit)

    Prerequisite – ESL Assessment I & II


  • Audience: All K-12 Teachers of English as a Second Language or those who would like to become an ESL Teacher.

    PREREQUISITE: Developing Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity Part I

    Description: As the diverse population of the United States increasingly grows, it is important in our communities and public schools to develop cultural competence to overcome language and cultural boundaries. Knowledge of social-linguistic aspects of the U.S. and world cultures, sources of cross-cultural, and approaches to cross-cultural resolution, as they relate to K-12 settings and the communities is imperative to successful educational experiences. Participants will examine socio-linguistic aspects of U.S. and world cultures, sources of cross-cultural conflict and approaches to cross-cultural resolution as they relate to the K-12 setting, their communities and the communities in which they teach. (2 credits)

  • This course is designed for teachers of English Language Learners. It is based upon knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of a multicultural approach to learning. Teachers taking this course will develop an awareness of issues related to culture and their impact on the English Language Learner. The course will help learners develop an awareness of how culture affects language acquisition, develop strategies for working with cultural and linguistic diversity in the classroom as well as identify personal attitudes towards multicultural education. Cultural awareness from visible cultural traits to invisible cultural behaviors will be explored to promote staff understanding about other cultures. Course participants will be required to demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and practices of English as a Second Language instruction as related to cultural awareness based on the following competencies. This course is recommended for 15 hrs of certification credit.
  • Target Audience: All K-12 Teachers of English as a SecondLanguage or those who would like to become an ESL Teacher.

    Description: Upon completion of thiscourse, teachers will be expected to be able to design and implement an ESLprogram tailored to meet the needs of each student. Participants will be able to identifyappropriate materials and resources to be used with children at each level ofEnglish Proficiency.

    (1 credit)

  • Target Audience: All K-12 Teachers of English as a SecondLanguage or those who would like to become an ESL Teacher.

    Description: This course requires a demonstration ofknowledge of the fundamental concepts and practices of ESL instruction, withemphasis on instructional materials and strategies.

    (2 credits)

    Prerequisite – InstructionalMaterials I

  • Target Audience: All K-12 Teachers of English as a SecondLanguage or those who would like to become an ESL Teacher.

    Description: Educators taking this course will developknowledge of the process of literacy development for second language learnersand strategies to assist ELLs in the different stages of second language usage. (1 credit)

    Prerequisite – Language Acquisition Part II

  • Target Audience: All K-12 teachers of English as a Second Language or those who would like to become an ESL teacher.

    Description: This course is designed for teacher of English Language Learners. Educators taking this course will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of structure of the English language, grammar, and pronunciation, including lexical, morphological, syntax, phonological and pragmatic components. (1 credit)


  • Target Audience: All K-12 teachers of English as a Second Language or those who would like to become an ESL teacher.

    Description: This course is designed for teachers of English Language Learners. Educators taking this course will develop knowledge of the process of first and second language acquisition, including developmental issues in verbal, non-verbal skills, and vocabulary. They will also develop knowledge and skills to assist ELLs to communicate using verbal and non-verbal language. (1 credit)

    Prerequisite – Language Acquisition Part I