English as a Second Language (ESL) Certification


EMU’s English as a Second Language certification program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and meets PDE’s newly revised content guidelines. This 16 credit hour program prepares teachers to work effectively in Pennsylvania public K-12 schools with English Language Learners (ELLs). Course sequence is divided into initiatory, mid-level and culminating courses. Candidates are advised to take courses in that order. Successful applicants should be committed to improving educational opportunities for English Language Learners. Candidates who hold a valid Pennsylvania Instructional Certificate and successfully complete all ESL certification courses will be recommended to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for certification.

Required Courses (16 credit hours)

EDSL 551 Methods of Teaching ESL/FL (3) 
EDSL 541 Foundations of English as a Second Language (3)

EDSL 571 Language Acquisition & Grammar (3)
EDSL 581 Language and Culture (3)

EDSL 591 ESL Assessment & Support (3)
EDSL 611 Professional Development Portfolio (1)

Effective January 1, 2011 PDE requires all candidates who apply for state certifications to complete “9 credits of coursework regarding accommodations and adaptations for students with disabilities in an inclusive setting and 3 credits regarding the instructional needs of English Language Learners”. These can be undergraduate or graduate credits. Many certified teachers have taken these credits as part of their undergraduate teacher education requirements. For teachers who have not taken these requirements, these are prerequisites for state certification. Please contact your advisor regarding meeting these requirements.

Earn a Master of Arts in Education degree with a concentration in ESL

Admission Requirements

Admission to the MA in Ed program is required for ESL certification.


Tuition: $440 per credit

Contact Us

(717) 397-5190 or Toll free 1(866) 368-5262 
Email maed.lancaster@emu.edu.

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