ESL Certification Program
Online Professional Development
ESL Certification 2023-2024
Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit 27 (BVIU) is offering online English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist certification courses. ESL courses also fulfill the PDE requirements of Act 48 (post-baccalaureate credits) and level II certification. ESL courses are PDE approved graduate level courses. Applications should be received by September 1, 2023. A new cohort will start September 11, 2023. Please see the course schedule below.
ESL 1: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language
Prerequisite: PA Instructional I or II teacher certification
Prerequisite: ESL 1, Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language
Prerequisite: ESL 2, Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity
Prerequisite: ESL 3, Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction
Prerequisite: ESL 4, Language Acquisition and Development
Prerequisite: ESL 5, Assessment and Support
|Course||Scheduled Course Dates|
|ESL 1||September 11, 2023 - October 20, 2023|
|ESL 2||October 23, 2023 - December 1, 2023|
|ESL 3||December 4, 2023 - January 12, 2024|
|ESL 4||January 22, 2024- March 1, 2024|
|ESL 5||March 4, 2024 - April 12, 2024|
|ESL 6||April 15, 2024 - June 3, 2024|
Above is a schedule for the ESL course offerings. You will start the program in September and complete it by the end of the school year! All of our ESL courses are offered completely online. Each course has built-in flexibility to work around anyone's schedule. Completion of all six courses with a passing grade (65% or above) is required along with ALL field-based components in order to apply to PDE for certification. Certification is applied for on the PDE TIMS website. All requirements of course components and ESL certification components must be met prior to application for certification.
Each ESL course in the program includes a field-based component of 10 hours (ESL 1 - 6) for a total of 60 hours. The field experiences are aligned with the course competencies for each course in the program. At the end of the program, there will be culminating final teaching assignment which will include practicum components from all of the six courses.
The tuition is $2370 for all six courses. $395 will be paid before the beginning of each of the six courses. There is NO application fee for applying to the program.
Combining old (2012) and New (2013) ESL Certification courses
If you have completed prior ESL certification courses prior to 2012 and want to complete your ESL certification, we will need to evaluate your course work. Please send your transcript, course descriptions, proof of ESL teaching experience, and a $100 money order made payable to the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit, attention Curriculum Services.
Direct any question/s about the ESL program and certification to:
Jill Martin [email protected]
(724) 774-7800 x3015