ESL Specialist Certificate

ESL Specialist Certificate

Certificate Program

Completion of coursework leads to a demonstration of the knowledge of the fundamental concepts & practices of English as a Second Language instruction/service.

Course Descriptions

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About the Program

  • A five-course program for educators who wish to be ESL-certified instructors in Pennsylvania
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for ESL Program Specialist Certificate
  • Apply courses toward a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Pennsylvania Act 48
  • Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider

Who Should Attend?

Teachers who hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate and currently have an ESL teaching assignment or desire one in the future.

Course Schedules

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During the academic year, classes are held over a two-weekend format. In the summer, classes are held during the day for one week.

Penn State Berks

Classes are held on the campus of Penn State Berks. For more information, email Walt Fullam or call him at 610-396-6223.


Classes are also held at Lebanon School District. Email Fred Shattls for information about classes held at Lebanon.

Application and Registration Process

First, interested applicants must apply for the ESL certificate at

Second, register for a course by:

For more information about registration, call Kathy at 610-396-6220.