ESL Program Specialist Certification

East Stroudsburg University's Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education is accredited by the PA Department of Education to provide the Program Specialist Certificate-English as a Second Language (ESL).

Purpose of the certification

The ESL Program Specialist K-12 Certification prepares K-12 educators to effectively teach culturally and linguistically diverse students and certifies participants to teach English as a Second Language (ESL)/English Language Development (ELD) in the elementary and secondary level (K-12) in public schools in the state of Pennsylvania. All courses include fieldwork (total of 60 hours) that provides frequent opportunities to observe, assist and teach ESL students. The credits earned as part of this sequence can also be applied towards the master’s degree in Elementary Education. Participants must hold a valid Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate or an equivalent out-of-state teaching certificate.

Plan of study

This program requires 16 credits for the ESL Program Specialist K-12 certification, which are organized in six courses.

  • All courses are prepared for a multimodal delivery, in which, when offered, the students can choose between the campus classroom, the online synchronous classroom, and the online asynchronous classroom.
  • All courses are offered in a sequence in which the certification can be obtained in just one year.
Schedule of Courses
Summer 2020
ELED 506 Second Language Acquisition and Development
ELED 508 Applied Linguistics for ESL Teachers
Fall 2020
ELED 507 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
ELED 509 Instructional Methods, Materials, and Assessment for ESL
Winter 2020
ELED 510 Family and Community Matters
Spring 2021
ELED 511 State and Federal Issues Regarding ESL Students

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

For more information regarding program admissions, please contact Kevin Quintero at

Contact Information

Campus Address
Stroud Hall 209A
(570) 422-3356
(570) 422-3942 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
ESL Program Coordinator
Alberto Alegre
(570) 422-3859