Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

ESL Specialist Certificate

Temple University is an approved provider for the Pennsylvania Program Specialist: ESL Certificate. This certificate is designed for teachers with a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certification who are currently working with or plan to work with ESL students in public schools in Pennsylvania. This credential is not valid for teaching English abroad.

The ESL student population has been increasing dramatically across Pennsylvania. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Education reported a 114.5% increase in the ESL population in Pennsylvania public schools over the past ten years, with a 1.4% decrease in all other student populations. This significant growth has led to an increased need for trained ESL teachers. Although the ESL Certificate is required for individuals to lead ESL classes, it is strongly recommended for ALL teachers to receive this training as Pennsylvania classrooms become increasingly diverse. ESL Certificate course credits can also be used toward Temple’s Master’s in TESOL.

In response to the significant need for well-trained ESL and mainstream teachers, Temple’s ESL Certificate Program offers a set of four challenging and practical courses that prepare teachers to work effectively with ESL students. Through this program, students develop a foundation in English usage, linguistic awareness and second language acquisition. They also learn to adapt and develop instructional materials for ESL students, to administer and interpret a variety of formative and summative assessments, to become knowledgeable about support services for English language learners, and to develop cultural awareness and sensitivity. Because each course includes fieldwork, students have frequent opportunities to teach ESL students throughout the Program, immediately applying newly-learned concepts and skills. Courses are taught by full-time Temple faculty to ensure students are guided by experts in the field and receive a high-quality education.

Prospective students should have an Instructional I or II certificate that is valid in Pennsylvania. Alternatively, students may be accepted if they are matriculated in a certification program. Successful applicants should be committed to improving educational opportunities for English language learners. Fluency in a second language is preferred but not required for ESL teaching.

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