Certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) (K-12)

Students who are interested in teaching English to non-English speakers may take this certification. This is not a stand-alone certificate. Therefore, students are advised to fulfill the requirements listed for the BS in Early Childhood PreK-4, middle level 4-8 or secondary education with student teaching while completing the Certification in English as a Second Language (ESL) (PK-12) requirements listed below.

Admissions & Retention Requirements

Early Childhood with ESL Certification

Course Requirements


Course Number Course Name Credit
LANG 310 Linguistics 3
EDUC 412 Teaching English as a Second Language 3
EDUC 413 Theories of Second Language Acquisition 3
EDUC 417 Multicultural Education 3
EDUC 422 Language, Testing and Material Development 3
EDUC 450 Field Experience: ESL (50 hrs) 3

Please check the State Authorizations page to determine if Eastern University’s program fulfills your state credentialing requirements. Students who seek similar credentialing in states other than Pennsylvania are advised to contact the appropriate credentialing agency within their home state to seek information and additional guidance about credentialing in your state of residence. Additional state or local district requirements may exist for field placements in this state. Out-of-state student placements cannot be guaranteed by the program or the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences. Students are responsible for following all state and local district requirements and regulations for their field placement.