English as a Second Language Endorsement (K-12)
Saint Joseph’s University’s English as a second language (ESL) specialist program prepares individuals who possess Level I or Level II instructional certification to teach non-native speakers of English to be proficient in speaking, reading and writing English. Delivered online, the ESL specialist program offers a convenient and flexible option for certified teachers to expand their skills and knowledge in this area and earn certification in as little as three semesters.
The English as a Second Language Endorsement (K-12) at Saint Joseph's University is a 16 credit program that satisfies the Pennsylvania state education requirements for preparation to teach English as a Second Language.
The ESL endorsement program is taught by expert faculty who integrate readings, discussion and field experiences into coursework. The curriculum covers the theory and practice of second language education for English Language Learners (ELL), the design and assessment of ESL course materials and broader issues in intercultural learning. Coursework is taught online and this endorsement may be added as part of a Reading Specialist certification or as part of an M.S. Ed. Reading Specialist program track.
The English as a Second Language Endorsement is a program available to students who currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate.
After successful completion of five graduate courses and field experience hours, candidates may submit documentation to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which will issue a program specialist certificate for ESL.