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  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate

    Overview

    As communities diversify, teachers trained to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) are in high demand across the US. Teaching English as a second language in Pennsylvania and many other states now requires a Program Specialist: ESL certificate. 

    Drexel's accredited online TESL certificate 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. 

    This is an add-on certificate available only to students who already possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. 

    Certification

    This program satisfies the PA state education requirements to teach English as a Second Language. Upon completion, graduates are awarded an ESL teaching certificate and a Drexel University credential to obtain a Pennsylvania TESL position. The student may then apply for PA certification through the hiring school district.

    TESL 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.

    Program Features

    • A flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal schedule
    • Named one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World Report
    • Drexel’s teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education
    • A highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmates
    • Can be completed in as few as 6 to 12 months

    Teaching Outside of the United States

    Drexel's TESL credential is not designed for teaching English outside the United States. 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 in the U.S. where English is a second language as opposed to an international setting where English is a foreign language. Course curricula, readings, and assignments in the Drexel TESL credential assume the U.S. school context, including current standards, testing mandates and curricular approaches. 

    Curriculum

    Courses 
    LING 560Introduction to Linguistics3.0
    EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching3.0
    EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English3.0
    EDUC 606Design and Assessment3.0
    EDUC 608The Intercultural Learner3.0
    EDUC 610Action Research in Teaching ELLs3.0
    Total Credits18.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher  
    • A Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate

    Required Documents

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
    • A 1000 to 1500 word essay describing why you're interested in pursuing the program
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    How to Submit Supporting Documents

    Tuition

    The tuition rate for the academic year 2014-2015 is $843 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1123 per credit)

    This rate applies only to new online matriculated students. Students receiving special tuition plans with Drexel Online may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

    This program is eligible for Financial Aid. We also offer tuition reduction through our network of partner companies and organizations, and for Drexel University alumni and those in the military.

     

    Academic Calendar

    Term 
    Classes Begin 
    Classes End 
    Exams Begin 
    Exams End 

    Fall 2014     

    September 22, 2014

    December 5, 2014

    December 8, 2014

    December 13, 2014

    Winter 2015 

    January 5, 2015

    March 16, 2015

    March 17, 2015

    March 21, 2015

    Spring 2015 

    March 30, 2015

    June 8, 2015

    June 9, 2015

    June 12, 2015

    Summer 2015 

    June 22, 2015

    August 29, 2015

    September 1, 2015

    September 5, 2015

    Apply today for a Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

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