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English as a Second Language Certificate

The English as a second language certificate program is convenient and ideal for working education professionals. It is perfect for K-12 teachers who want additional certification.

What Will I Learn?

You will learn the core concepts of teaching English as a second language:

  • Design programs to effectively plan, instruct and conduct assessment with K-12 students who are English language learners.
  • Provide support to English language learners by learning the historical aspects of teaching English as a second language within the United States and understand the role of first languages for English language learners.
  • Apply second language acquisition theories and apply them to the instruction and assessment of English language learners.
  • Gain new strategies for developing your teaching English as a second language skills that will help you connect with the English language learner, their community and families across the areas of writing, reading and listening.

What Kinds of Experiences Could I Have?

The English as a Second Language Certificate is a highly interactive program, consisting of five courses in an accelerated format, allowing you to finish within a year. This certificate is offered in a cohort setting that promotes a positive and personalized learning environment. You will have several experiences working with English learning students, culminating in a practicum where you will teach English learners for three weeks in the summer.

Christie Katora

Meet Christie Katora

"Several of my professors served as references as I was applying for teaching positions. I am still able to contact many of my professors if I have professional questions about my job."

How Christie Found Success at Ship

What Types of Careers Could I Get With This Degree?

This program meets the requirements established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to be certified as a program specialist for teaching English as a second language.

Contact the Teacher Education Department Shippen Hall 214 1871 Old Main Drive, Shippensburg, PA 17257 Phone: 717-477-1688 Fax: (717) 477-4046