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Applicants who are interested in becoming ESL teachers in Pennsylvania but do not have Commonwealth of Pennsylvania instructional certification are strongly encouraged to apply to the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship Program at the Graduate School of Education.
For students who already have instructional certiﬁcation in elementary, middle level, or secondary education, the Master’s degree in the TESOL specialization may fulﬁll the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requirements for teaching ESL. To fulfill the Pennsylvania Department of Education course content requirements for the “ESL Program Specialist Certificate,” TESOL students must take “Language Diversity and Education” (EDUC 661) and “Language Assessment” (EDUC 634) as two of their electives.
To qualify for a position teaching ESL in a Commonwealth of Pennsylvania school, including the School District of Philadelphia, prospective ESL teachers must complete the following:
Upon completion of this process, candidates are eligible to apply for ESL teaching positions within Pennsylvania.
If you are a Pennsylvania teacher who already holds an instructional certification and would like to earn the ESL Program Specialist Certificate through continuing education courses, please contact us directly.
Students interested in ESL/Bilingual Education certiﬁcation in states other than Pennsylvania should consult with the appropriate state certiﬁcation department to inquire whether or not their M.S. Ed. in TESOL coursework meets certiﬁcation requirements in the respective state.