The Master of Education with ESL Program Specialist Certification degree program prepares caring, moral educators to teach in culturally and linguistically diverse schools.The curriculum combines the coursework leading to the ESL Program Specialist Certification with the core coursework leading to the Master of Education degree.


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.


Alvernia's ESL Program Specialist Certification Program is accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, which allows adding the ESL Specialist certification to the instructional certificate or teaching license. 


Academic Advisor

Sister Margaret Anne Dougherty, RSM, Ph.D.

Coordinator, Graduate Programs in Education

Phone: 610-796-5519


Admissions Staff

Kelly Burr, M.Ed

Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Services

School of Graduate and Adult Education

Phone: 610-796-8296 Fax: 610-796-8367


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

MED ESL Program Specialist Emphasis