Online ESL Program Specialist (PK–12) Certification

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Learn the methodology of teaching English to non-native speakers. In this program, you will learn how to properly teach English to those who are not fluent through a study of linguistics, culture and community, grammar, and pronunciation.

Students who have or are pursuing Pennsylvania Instructional I certification may be eligible to receive an ESL Program Specialist (PK–12) certification with the completion of the coursework.

At a glance

Program Credits


Standard Completion Time

2 yrs

Program Highlights

  • Program can be started in any semester and completed in as few as a year and a half.
  • 50% tuition discount for educators working in Christian schools.
  • Field experience integrated into all courses.
  • Students near campus can practice teaching English to non-native speakers by volunteering at the University’s weekly Community English Language Program.
Boy during session with speech therapist learning letters

Typical Program Curriculum

Semester 18 Required Credits
Spring or Summer TSL 211/611 Foundations of Teaching English Learners
Fall TSL 341/641 Linguistics and Language Learning
TSL 442/642 English Grammar and Pronunciation
Spring TSL 443/643 Advanced ESL Methods and Assessment
TSL 444/644 Language, Culture, and Community
 Summer or Fall TSL 492/692 ESL Practicum


To enter the program, the candidate will:

To complete the program, the candidate will:

  • Successfully complete all required coursework with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully complete all practicums and student teaching

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