The ESL specialist program certificate is a five-course (16-credit) program consisting of the following required coursework and field experiences.
EDU 646/646F Language and Culture (3 credits, Total Field Hours:15)
This course introduces candidates to key theories, issues, and research-based practices related to serving culturally and linguistically diverse students (Pre-K-12), with a special focus on students who are commonly referred to as English language learners (ELLs). Candidates will explore the many dimensions of culture and language. They will also learn how to align the PA Language Proficiency Standards with the PA academic standards to plan instruction in a culturally and linguistically diverse setting. Assigned readings, class discussions, video recordings, library and online research, and a field experience in a culturally and linguistically diverse classroom will engage candidates in the course topics.
EDU 710 English Linguistics (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the study of language and principles of linguistics. The main areas of linguistics to be explored include: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, sociolinguistics, pragmatics, second language acquisition, pedagogy, and applied linguistics. *While this course does not satisfy specific PDE standards for the ESL Specialist Program, we feel it is essential for all teachers who will be working with English language learners.
EDU 712 Second Language Acquisition (3 credits)
The course examines the processes of language acquisition, especially the process of learning a second or additional language, from various theoretical perspectives. Emphasis will be given to the learning environments, the characteristics of interaction and participation and contexts that facilitate second language acquisition. Additionally, the course will explore linguistic factors and processes in second language acquisition (SLA) and examine the structure of learner language. (Prerequisite: EDU646)
EDU 713/713F Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language (3 credits, Total Field Hours:15)
This course examines various approaches, methods, and techniques for teaching and assessing English Language Learners in bilingual and ESL classrooms, as well as for assisting ELL students' learning in regular classrooms. This course is also suitable for those interested in teaching in an EFL environment (abroad). Candidates will develop a culturally responsive curriculum and design a variety of research-supported instructional activities to meet the needs of the culturally and linguistically diverse learners. The course will incorporate a 15-hour fieldwork practicum to be completed on an ongoing basis throughout the semester, culminating in a final project. (Prerequisites: EDU646, EDU712)
EDU 714/714 Internship in ESL/Bilingual Programs (4 credits, Total Field Hours: 30)
This course introduces students to the roles and responsibilities of the ESL/Bilingual teacher through a school-based internship. Interns spend 30 hours in the company of expert ESL/Bilingual educators in school settings. Students will gain expertise in working with groups of students, interfacing with teachers and caregivers, and examining programs that serve emergent bilingual students in grades PreK-12. Emphasis will be on program design and implementation guided by the English language development standards (ELDS), including assessing students' language capacities, designing programs to fit a variety of language needs, working with teachers and other school professionals to serve emergent bilinguals, and organizing programs to enhance caregiver collaboration. (Prerequisites: EDU712, EDU713, & EDU646)