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Teaching English as a Second Language

A significant demand for well-trained ESL teachers exists throughout the United States.  In areas such as education, business, hospitality and many more, the opportunities to teach English as a Second Language abound.

Drexel’s Certification in Teaching English as a Second Language*, approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, provides a strong foundation for second language acquisition. 

Curriculum

The 18-credit Teaching English as a Second Language certification program is taught by expert faculty who integrate readings, discussion, practicum, and case study experience into each course.

Curriculum covers the theory and practice of second language education, the structure and sound of English, the design and assessment of ESL course materials, as well as broader issues in intercultural learning. It does not require that the instructor speak another language.

Taught completely online, credits earned through this program may be applied toward the M.S. in Teaching, Learning and Curriculum: Advanced Teaching

Requirements

Teaching English as a second language in Pennsylvania now requires the Program Specialist: ESL certificate

Teaching English as a Second Language certification is a PA add-on certificate available to students who currently possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. This program satisfies PA State of Education requirements for certification in Teaching English as a Second Language. Upon completion of the program, the student is awarded a certificate, a Drexel University credential, which may be used to obtain a Pennsylvania ESL position. The student may then apply for PA certification through the hiring school district.

Teaching English as a Second Language requirements vary state by state; applicants from outside PA should consult with their state Department of Education prior to enrolling in our program for specific interstate agreement requirements.

The program can be completed in as little as 6 to 12 months. To review program information or to apply,* visit Drexel Online.

 *NOTE:The Drexel TESL credential is designed as an add-on credential for certified teachers working in U.S. elementary and secondary schools. It is not designed for teaching English outside the United States and may not be modified to do so.

While some of the theory and pedagogical approaches for teaching English language learners is the same, the school contexts and the experience of students and their families is very different in an immigrant context such as the U.S. as opposed to an international setting where English is a foreign language.

Further, the course curricula, readings, and assignments in the Drexel TESL credential assume the U.S. school context, including current standards, testing mandates and curricular approaches.