The ESL Program Specialist Certification Program prepares K-12 educators to effectively teach culturally and linguistically diverse students. The program's comprehensive and rigorous coursework is grounded in teachers' needs and emphasizes practical applications in classroom contexts.


Next program start is October 17, 2019. 


Accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE), this post-baccalaureate program is for the educators who seek to add the ESL Program Specialist Certificate to their Pennsylvania teaching credentials. After completing the coursework (five courses), candidates will apply through the PDE TIMS system to add the ESL Program Specialist Certificate to their teaching credentials.  


If you are interested in obtaining the ESL Specialist Certification but do not seek the PDE credential, you can either complete the program coursework or apply for M.Ed./ESL Emphasis program. 


The coursework is offered:

  • onsite in the blended format: once a week class on main campus combined with online learning via Blackboard LMS
  • online: coming in January 2020


Questions? Contact:

Kelly Burr, M.Ed

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services, School of Graduate and Adult Education

610-796-8296 (phone),  610-796-8367 (fax)

Elena Lawrick, Ph.D.

ESL Graduate Programs Coordinator, Education Department



What do teachers say about our ESL Specialist Certification Program?

"I have become a much better teacher because of this program." ~ Reading School District teacher, second cohort graduate

"My professors often worked in tandem with the school district to customize my learning experience and make the material I was learning in class more meaningful and relevant to the types of scenarios I experience in the classroom." ~ Reading School District teacher, second cohort graduate


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