• ESL Program Specialist Add-On Certification 

    Update: Registration for Cohort 6 (beginning August 22, 2018) is now open. 

    This certification program consists of five online courses (13 credits) and a final fieldwork experience (3 credits). Coursework is primarily online, with two in-person or video conference meetings with instructors.  The application deadline for the cohort beginning in the Fall 2018 term is August 8th, 2018. Applications are reviewed as they are received. The first course, ESL 1: Language Acquisition, begins August 22nd. The program culminates with the final fieldwork experience in the fall of 2019.  Please direct questions about the program to courseinfo@dciu.org.

     
     

    For each of the courses ESL 1 – ESL 4 (3 credits each):

    Registration Fee: $600.00 registered prior to 1 week before start of course, $625.00 registering between 7 days and start of course (fees charged at registration) 
    Credits: Three (3) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) graduate credits, 90 Act 48 Hours. Counts towards Level II Certification and Master's Equivalency.
    Note: Graduate Credit is available for this course through Immaculata University for an additional fee of $150.00 per credit. Immaculata Course number EDL 559. Form will be emailed to you if you select this option. Act 48 offered through Immaculata University with this option. Immaculata University fee rates are set by the University and may be subject to change.(Non-refundable-REQUIRED FORM DUE BACK 5 DAYS PRIOR TO COURSE START) 
     

    ESL 1: Language Acquisition

    This course is designed for teachers of English Learners. Educators taking this course will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of structure of the English language, grammar, and pronunciation, including lexical, morphological, syntax, phonological and pragmatic components. Language Acquisition is designed to develop participants’ knowledge of the process of literacy development for second language learners and strategies to assist ELLs in different stages of second language acquisition.  The content in this course aligns with the following standards:
    • ELP.1.L – English Language Proficiency – Listening
    • ELP.1.S – English Language Proficiency – Speaking
    • ELP.1.R – English Language Proficiency – Reading
    • ELP.1.W – English Language Proficiency – Writing


    ESL 2: Assessment

    This course is designed for teachers of English Learners. It is designed to expand participants’ knowledge of effective assessment and placement practices for ELL students. Purposes for assessment, multiple assessment models and use of evaluation techniques will be addressed. Participants will expand their knowledge of Core ESL programming, effective uses of the PA English Language Proficiency Standards, PDE’s SAS ELL Overlays, PDE’s Common Core Standards, ESL curriculum, and instructional practices. Appropriate assessments in the content area and ELL classroom will be discussed. Participates will learn the availability of school support services to assist ELLS in language acquisition and content learning and ways to promote parental/family involvement with their children’s educational program. Participants will gain hands-on experience in test administration, interpretation, and reporting. Individualized Education Plans for ELLs identified as special education students will also be discussed. Required Text: English Language Learners with Special Education Needs. Artilles, Alfredo and Ortiz, Alba. 2002.
    • ELP.1.L – English Language Proficiency – Listening
    • ELP.1.S – English Language Proficiency – Speaking
    • ELP.1.R – English Language Proficiency – Reading
    • ELP.1.W – English Language Proficiency – Writing 


    ESL 3: Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction 

    Upon completion of this course, teachers will be expected to design and implement and ESL program tailored to meet the needs of each student. Participants will be able to identify appropriate materials and resources to be used with students at each level of English Proficiency. Students will be able to observe and plan standards-based ESL content instruction for students K-12. Participants will use performance-based measures to assess ELLs ability to use grammar, vocabulary, Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing to communicate. Required Text: Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners, by Jane D. Hill and Kathleen M. Flynn. 2006. The content in this course aligns with the following standards:
    • ELP.1.L – English Language Proficiency – Listening
    • ELP.1.S – English Language Proficiency – Speaking
    • ELP.1.R – English Language Proficiency – Reading
    • ELP.1.W – English Language Proficiency – Writing 


    ESL 4: Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

    This course is designed for teachers of English Learners. It is based upon knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of a multicultural approach to learning. Teachers taking this course will develop an awareness of issues related to culture and their impact on the English Language Learner. The course will help learners develop an awareness of how culture affects language acquisition, develop strategies for working with cultural and linguistic diversity in the classroom as well as identify personal attitudes towards multicultural education. Cultural awareness from visible cultural traits to invisible cultural behaviors will be explored to promote staff understanding about other cultures. Course participants will be required to demonstrate knowledge of fundamental concepts and practices of English as a Second Language instruction as related to cultural awareness based on the following standards:
    • ELP.1.L – English Language Proficiency – Listening
    • ELP.1.S – English Language Proficiency – Speaking
    • ELP.1.R – English Language Proficiency – Reading
    • ELP.1.W – English Language Proficiency – Writing
    REQUIRED TEXT: "Voices of Diversity: Stories, Activities and Resources for the Multicultural Classroom" by Lori Langer de Ramirez. Students also choose a novel. 
     

    ESL 5: Professionalism (1 credit)

    Target Audience: Open to DCIU ESL Cohort Students
    Upon completion of all of the ESL certification courses and field experience, participants will complete this one-credit course. This course is designed as a capstone course intended to show participants’ knowledge and experience in the field of ESL. Participants will complete research, design professional development, create plans for their future ESL classrooms, and explore ways to involve parents in their child’s education. The content in this course aligns with the following standards:
    • ELP.1.L – English Language Proficiency – Listening
    • ELP.1.S – English Language Proficiency – Speaking
    • ELP.1.R – English Language Proficiency – Reading
    • ELP.1.W – English Language Proficiency – Writing

    Registration Fee: $200.00 if registered prior to 1 week before start of course, $225.00 if registering between 7 days and start of course (fee charged at registration) 
    Credits: One (1) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) graduate credit, 30 Act 48 Hours. Counts towards Level II Certification and Master's Equivalency.
    Note: Graduate Credit is available for this course through Immaculata University for an additional fee of $150.00 per credit. Immaculata Course number EDL 561.  Form will be emailed to you if you select this option. Act 48 offered through Immaculata University with this option. Immaculata University fee rates are set by the University and may be subject to change.(Non-refundable-REQUIRED FORM DUE BACK 5 DAYS PRIOR TO COURSE START).


    ESL Fieldwork Experience (3 credits)

    Target Audience: Open to DCIU ESL Cohort Students ONLY 
    Description: This course is required for ESL students completing the fieldwork portion of the cohort. Students will arrange their own fieldwork experience placements.  The course includes reflection assignments and a comprehensive exam.
    Registration Fee: $450.00 (Late fee of $475.00 if registering one week or less prior to start) Fees charged at registration.
    Credits: 90 Act 48 Hours. NOT ELIGIBLE FOR CPE CREDIT HOURS AND IMMACULATA CREDIT.
     
    Candidates are required to document 60 hours of fieldwork experience. 20 of the 60 hours must be in a public school setting. Candidates will document 30 hours of observation and 30 hours of classroom practicum. During the fieldwork experience, students will provide evidence of fieldwork through:
    1. Fieldwork Experience Evidence Form(submitted with candidate portfolio).
    2. Lesson Plans (submitted with collected into candidate portfolio).
    3. Reflection Journals (submitted electronically to ESL Program Supervisor weekly).
    4. Mentor communication log (submitted with candidate portfolio).
    All evidence will be included in the student's portfolio and review by the ESL program supervisor at the end of the fieldwork experience.