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Director of TESOL Program
Associate Professor of Languages
Mitchell Hall 230 | 610-738-0410
Approved Program of Study Form
(ESL Program Specialist Certificate Students should submit the completed form to Program Director)
The mission of the TESL Program at West Chester University is to educate and prepare candidates, so that they are knowledgeable in the factors and issues which inform second language education, are highly capable instructors of English as a Second Language for a variety of learners in a variety of contexts including public schools (PK-12), and have the skills necessary to function as effective language and literacy educators and community leaders among diverse populations both within the U.S. and abroad.
The courses and scholarship in the TESL Program fulfill the following learning objectives:
The Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA TESL) is an interdisciplinary graduate program administered by the departments of Languages and Cultures and English, and in collaboration with Literacy, Communicative Disorders, and various programs within the College of Education. The MA is primarily designed for those preparing to teach English to learners whose first language is not English, and for pre-certified teachers who wish to develop their field-related expertise in the area of second language teaching, curriculum design, assessment, language program development, and educational leadership and advocacy.
The PDE ESL Program Specialist Certificate Program (PDEEPS) is designed to qualify pre-certified teachers to teach ESL in PA public schools, in cases where a primary teaching certification is already in place at the time of application to the program. Therefore, PDEEPS applicants should have previously student taught and earned formal (stand-alone) certification from the PDE in another area before entering this program. Applicants to PDEEPS are required to first earn Instructional I certification in an alternate subject area (e.g., K-12 Spanish or French, Secondary English, Social Studies) recognized by the PDE in order to apply for the necessary qualification for teaching ESL in the public schools in Pennsylvania.
In consultation with an advisor and faculty mentors, the PDEEPS course sequence may also be geared to prepare graduates for EFL or ESL teaching outside of PK-12 public school contexts in the U.S. and abroad. As detailed below, all certification courses and experiences may be applied toward the MA TESL when students decide to continue advanced coursework beyond the requirements of certification.
In addition to meeting the general requirements for admission to a graduate program at West Chester, applicants must document background in the following areas:
Further information is provided in the Program Handbook.
Electives (12 semester hours)
Electives may be drawn from the following areas: ENG, LIN, LAN, SPA, EDR, EDM, EDT, EDT, other (by advisor approval)
MA TESL candidates also submit a culminating assessment portfolio and take a required comprehensive examination upon completion of the required coursework (final semester). Candidates must inform the program director of the completion plan to schedule the examination at their earliest convenience (no later than the beginning of the final semester).
Symbols: ENG (English), LAN (Languages and Cultures), LIN (Linguistics)