English as a Second Language Program Specialist Certificate

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Sandra Rollison
Associate Dean
College of Graduate Studies


For additional application information, please contact:

Sueann Robbins
Associate Director
Graduate Admission

Fax: 484-395-0068

Program Overview

Immaculata University is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) as a training program provider for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate. Please visit the PDE ESL Program Specialist web page for more information.

Teachers of ESL will learn about, or further develop their awareness of:

  • the nature of and variation in language in general and in English in particular
  • the English language learner in terms of language development and support services needed
  • the principles and practices of second language teaching and assessment
  • the implications of cross-cultural factors in education contexts

If you are a teacher interested in ESL training, contact the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (CLD) program coordinator, Margaret van Naerssen, Ph.D., at mvannaerssen@immaculata.edu. If you have professional training and experience in ESL and related areas, you can make an appointment to review your credentials with Dr. van Naerssen.

If you plan to teach populations other than K-12, or if you plan to live abroad, you may be interested in Immaculata's TESOL certificate.

Tuition and Costs

Please see the tuition and fees page for information about courses and related fees.


Requirements (18-21 credits)

Course Number Course Name
CLD 522 Introduction to Linguistics
CLD 534 Teaching English as a Second Language Methods
CLD 546 Multicultural/Multilingual Issues
CLD 548 Structure of English
CLD 555 Special Issues in English Language Learner (ELL) Education
CLD 564 Practicum in TESOL**
CLD 545
ELL Assessment

**Required if students have less than 45 hours of regular ESL classroom teaching experience


The practicum consists of a two-credit course, completed over a period of 45 contact hours, and a one-credit course on English language learning assessment. The practicum experience must be at the K-12 level.

If you have less than 45 hours of regular ESL classroom teaching experience, you will participate in 30-35 hours of classroom teaching, plus an additional 10 hours of requirements as given below:

  • At least two hours of orientation given by the on-site supervisor, introducing you to the testing and placement procedures for English language learners (ELLs). This may also include additional hours spent assisting or observing the supervisor with the testing and placement, when your practicum coincides with the school’s schedule for assessment and placement of ELLs.
  • Up to five hours of meetings with the regular classroom teachers of the students being taught in this field experience.
  • Three hours of observing the ESL supervisor’s teaching.

In addition, the hours may optionally include up to five hours of scheduled meetings with parents of the ELLs that the teacher is instructing in ESL. Additional hours for other related activities should be approved by the Immaculata supervisor in consultation with the Cultural and Linguistic Diversity program coordinator.

If you choose to go on to earn an M.A. in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity, the program specialist practicum is accepted toward the requirements for the M.A.

Learn more about practicum requirements.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program, PDE requires that you hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate, or its equivalent from another state. You must also be proficient in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking, and listening).

Graduates of Pennsylvania colleges need to demonstrate proficiency in English by passing the required tests of basic skills, as well as the two English courses required for admission to a PA-approved teacher preparation program.

International candidates who are not native speakers of English must demonstrate proficiency in English via the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) test called the "English Language Oral Proficiency Interview" (OPI). The score required for successful completion is Advanced Mid. Register for the test.

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