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Certificate Program

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Completion of coursework leads to a demonstration of the knowledge of the fundamental concepts & practices of English as a Second Language instruction/service.

Course Descriptions

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About the Program

  • A five-course program for educators who wish to be ESL-certified instructors in Pennsylvania
  • Approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for ESL Program Specialist Certificate
  • Apply courses toward a Master's degree in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Pennsylvania Act 48
  • Penn State is an Act 48-approved provider

Who Should Attend?

Teachers who hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate and currently have an ESL teaching assignment or desire one in the future.

Course Schedules

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During the academic year, classes are held over a two-weekend format. In the summer, classes are held during the day for one week.

Penn State Berks

Classes are held on the campus of Penn State Berks. For more information, e-mail Walt Fullam or call him at 610-396-6223.


Classes are also held at Lebanon School District. E-mail Fred Shattls for information about classes held at Lebanon.

Application and Registration Process

First, interested applicants must apply for the ESL certificate at http://ed.psu.edu/c-and-i/certificates/esl.

Second, register for a course by:

For more information about registration, call Kathy at 610-396-6220.  


Penn State Berks
Continuing Education
P.O. Box 7009
Tulpehocken Road
Reading, PA 19610


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