Eastern University's English as a Second Language Program Specialist certification prepares highly skilled educational practitioners who can serve in a variety of PK-12 grade school settings. Students are trained to communicate effectively, think critically, embrace cultural and linguistic diversity, utilize technology appropriately, practice inclusive interventions, learn independently and collaboratively, and serve competently in both fields. This program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining the certification in English as a Second Language Program Specialist (PK-12) and who are working toward or already have an Instructional I certification (for example in PK-4, Middle Level, Secondary or Foreign Language Education certification).

Admissions & Retention Requirements

Early Childhood with ESL Certification

Course Requirements


Course Number Course Name Credit
LANG 310 Linguistics 3
EDUC 212 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

State Authorizations

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.