California University of Pennsylvania

250 University Ave, California, PA 15419-1394

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The Master of Education: English as a Second Language (ESL) degree program from California University of Pennsylvania is geared towards certified teachers that are looking to gain a master’s degree and/or certification in English as a Second Language.

This completely online, 33-credit-hour program can be completed in five semesters. Students may participate any time of the day that they want; there are no specific hours students are required to participate in discussion or course work.

In order to successfully complete this program, students must demonstrate their knowledge of ESL as well as developing cultural awareness, developing linguistic awareness in terms of acquiring a second language, knowledge of all support systems available to English Language Learners (ELLs), and developmental and instructional materials to support the learning process.

This program follows the principles given by the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Five standards are included in these principles: Language, Culture, Planning, Implementation, and Managing Instruction, Assessment, and Professionalism. These five domains compliment each other to ensure ESL is taught in a well-rounded manner.

An internship may be required for those students who have little to no teaching experience before entering this program The program coordinator, upon admission, will decide which students need to complete this internship in order to earn the degree/certification.

In addition to the course requirements, students must fulfill other tasks offline. Some of these tasks include ESL classroom observation, a service learning project with an ELL, ESL tutoring session, ESL peer tutoring, and attending an ESL/Bilingual development (professional) conference or workshop.

This degree requires both knowledge and application of the taught materials. Students will be working both online with faculty and peers, as well as offline to demonstrate their knowledge and gain experience working in an ESL environment. Patience is key in this teaching field. Most of a teacher’s students will have little to no knowledge of speaking or writing English. It is important to remember that the skills this program teaches need to be applied fully for the benefit of ELLs attempting to learn this complex language.

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    Students must have a 3.0 GPA, a bachelor's, master's, or doctorate degree, AND a teaching certificate.

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