ESL Program Specialist Add-On Certification

  • This certification program consists of five online courses (13 credits) and a final fieldwork experience (90 Act 48 Hours). Coursework is primarily online, with two in-person or video conference meetings with instructors.

    Applications are reviewed as they are received. The first course, ESL 1: Language Acquisition, begins in late August 2019. The program culminates with the final fieldwork experience in the fall of 2020.

    For more information about the program or to apply, please contact courseinfo@dciu.org.

     

    Cost and Credit

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

    • Registration Fee: $600 if registered prior to 1 week before the start of the course; $625 if registering between 7 days and the start of the course (fees charged at registration)
    • Credits: Three (3) Continuing Professional Education (CPE) graduate credits, 90 Act 48 Hours. The courses for this certificate count 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. The form will be emailed to you if you select this option in the program application. Act 48 is offered through Immaculata University with this option. Immaculata 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 Program Course Descriptions

Choose any course below to see the description and required texts for that course

ESL 1: Language Application

This course is designed for teachers of English Learners. Educators taking this course will develop knowledge and skills in the areas of the 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 he following standards:

  • ELP.1.L - English Language Proficiency - Listening
  • ELP1.S - English Language Proficiency - Speaking
  • ELP.1.R - English Language Proficiency - Reading
  • ELP.1.W - English Language Proficiency - Writing

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. Participants will learn the availability of school support services to asses the 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.

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

Required Text

English Language Learners with Special Education Needs. Artilles, Alfredo and Ortiz, Alba. 2002.

Upon completion of this course, teachers will be expected to design and implement an ELD 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 ELD content instruction for students K-12. Participants will use performance-based measures to assess ELD students' ability to use grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading, and writing to communicate.

The content in this course aligns with the following standards:

  • ELP.1.L - English Language Proficiency - Listening
  • ELP1.S - English Language Proficiency - Speaking
  • ELP.1.R - English Language Proficiency - Reading
  • ELP.1.W - English Language Proficiency - Writing

Required Text

Classroom Instruction that Works with English Language Learners, by Jane D. Jill and Kathleen M. Flynn. 2006.

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 Language Development instruction as related to cultural awareness based on the following standards:

  • ELP.1.L - English Language Proficiency - Listening
  • ELP1.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.

*This course is open to DCIU ESL Cohort Students.

Upon completion of all 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 ELD. Participants will complete research, design professional development, create plans for their future ELD 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
  • ELP1.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 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 those who select this option. Act 48 offered through Immaculata University with this option. Immaculata University fees are set by the University and may be subject to change. (Non-refundable - required form due back 5 days prior to course start.

*This course is open to DCIU ELD Cohort Students ONLY.

This course is required for 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.

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:

  • Fieldwork Experience Evidence Form (submitted with candidate portfolio)
  • Lesson Plans (submitted candidate portfolio)
  • Reflection Journals (submitted electronically to ELD Program Supervisor weekly)
  • Mentor communication log (submitted with candidate portfolio)

All evidence will be included in the student's portfolio review by the ELD program supervisor at the end of the fieldwork experience.

Registration Fee: $450; $475 if registering one week or less prior to start (fee charged at registration).

Credits: 90 Act 48 Hours. This course is not eligible for CPE credit hours or Immaculata credit.