How to apply

Alvernia University uses the rolling admission process: that is, we continually accept and review applications. This provides an advantage of starting the program at your convenience. 


To begin the admission process, please complete an online application and pay a non-refundable $50 application fee (may be waived for teachers from partner school districts). Please note that the online system allows you to save and edit sections prior to submitting your application. 


The following documents need to be uploaded/submitted with the online application:

  • Undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate transcripts demonstrating a minimum 3.0 GPA. Note that up to 6 graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred upon the review of Program Coordinator
  • Personal statement discussing your professional goals relevant to teaching English as a second language (300-500 words in length)
  • For the certification track applicants: Valid PA Instructional Certificate I or II or out-of-state ESL certificate
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • For international applicants: Foreign transcript evaluation and evidence of English language proficiency. Read about the application process for international students here
  • Clearances as required by the state of Pennsylvania prior to the start date of the first course


Mailing Information

Alvernia University
Graduate & Adult Education - Admissions
400 St. Bernardine St.
Reading, PA 19607


Questions? Contact: 

Graduate Admissions



Kelly Burr, M.Ed.

Director of Graduate Enrollment




Graduate Admissions

Francis Hall at sunset
Master of Education in TESOL
Learn more about the program.