ESL Certification

The ESL Certification program is a 15-credit program including practical teaching experience with English learners. The program was designed to allow teachers to choose a set of courses that meet content guidelines set by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) for the ESL Program Specialist Certificate.


Students complete five courses for certification as an ESL Program Specialist:

Immersion Experience Option

ESL certification requirements may be completed on campus or through an intensive study option, Teaching ESL with Immersion Experience, which offers the opportunity to complete the program over two academic sessions (Spring and Summer) and includes an international practice teaching experience. A specific application process is required. Applications for the Immersion experience are submitted in November for the program beginning the following January.

Contact Information

If you have questions, please contact:

Dr. Mari Haneda
155 Chambers Building
(814) 867-2731

For questions about the Immersion Experience, please contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Smolcic
257 Chambers Building
(814) 867-3199