ESL Program Specialist (Grades K-12)

How to Apply:

English as a Second Language Program Specialist

Along with your completed application accompanied by $50 non-refundable application fee, you’ll need to provide a few supporting materials. Because there’s lead time required for some items, here’s a step-by-step process that seems to work best for candidates:

  • Complete your online application. While you wait for your transcripts to be processed, you can begin your online application, which lets you build, edit and save sections of your application along the way. The English as a Second Language Program Specialist certification is available at our Reading and Schuylkill locations. We strongly recommend using either Firefox or Chrome browsers when completing the online application. Please note if you have already submitted your application, you can check the progress of your application by logging onto Alvernia’s Self-Service Center.

  • Order your official transcript(s). Applicants must demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA from all prior coursework, undergraduate (final) as well as subsequent graduate coursework. 

  • TOEFL Requirements. The program will require demonstrated proficiency in English Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening, for applicants whose first language is not English (see below).
    • minimum TOEFL Reading – 22
    • minimum TOEFL Listening – 20
    • minimum TOEFL Speaking – 21
    • minimum TOEFL Writing -22
    • minimum TOEFL Total - 85

      Options to TOEFL for international students
      IELTS (minimum score of 6.5) and the ACTFL (minimum score of "low advanced")

  • Instructional Certification/Teaching License. An earned and current Pennsylvania Instructional certification or teaching license from another state or foreign country must be provided by all who wish to enroll in this program.

  • Clearances. Clearances as required by the state of Pennsylvania must be secured prior to the first course start date if they are over one year old, regardless of applicant's employment status.

  • Three letters of recommendation. Letters are accepted from former professors, employers, or supervisors familiar with the applicant’s professional experiences, or from religious or community leaders. Please note that the names and email addresses of recommenders are required to submit the online application.

  • Personal Statement. One-page personal statement that summarizes the value of the program of graduate study for his/her personal and professional growth and development. May be uploaded in online application.

  • Professional Resume. May be uploaded in online application.

  • Interview with the program coordinator. After all the required application materials have been received, an interview may be required.  Applicants will be contacted if the Coordinator/Committee requests a personal interview.

  • Additional Evidence of potential for success. Items such as academic or professional awards, special certifications, samples of scholarly or creative work, and completion of specialized examinations. (not required, but encouraged)

Contact Admissions:


Education Advisor

Dr. Mary B. Schreiner
Chair, Education Department
Associate Professor of Education

Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed
Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services
School of Graduate and Adult Education

540 Upland Avenue
Reading, PA 19611
Phone: 610-796-8296
Fax: 610-796-8367

Cynthia Mensch
Director, Alvernia University
Schuylkill Center

1544 Route 61 Hwy S. Suite 6190
Pottsville, PA 17901

esl program specialist (grades k-12)

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