Alvernia's ESL Program Specialist Certification Program (Grades K-12) prepares educators to effectively teach culturally and linguistically diverse students in P-12 contexts. To provide flexibility, the program is offered in on-site and online formats. The comprehensive and rigorous coursework is delivered in the innovative ways that create a student-centered learning environment.


Our ESL Program Specialist Certification Program is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This post-baccalaureate program is for educators who have an instructional certificate or teaching license and would like to add the ESL Specialist certification. 


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Kelly Burr, M.Ed

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

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

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education


Elena Lawrick, Ph.D.

Faculty, Education Department




What 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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