ESL Certification

Endorsement in ESL

The PATSEL, a national professional development grant by the U.S. Department of Education, provides academic preparation and scholarships (equivalent to WPU in-state tuition) for in-service teachers of Math, Science or Technology to pursue a 21-credit ESL certification program at the graduate level.

Program Requirements:

  • Teaching certificate(s) - Standard or Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing Only)
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.00 scale.
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one from a school administrator or supervisor who can attest to the applicant's professional abilities.
  • A personal interview with the Admissions Committee.

Curriculum (21 Credits):

  • TBED 5390 General Linguistics
  • TBED 5420 Multiculturalism and Acculturation
  • TBED 6070 Applied Linguistics: Second Language Acquisition
  • TBED 6400 Content Area Instruction and Assessment in ESL
  • TBED 6410 Methods and Materials in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • TBED 6430 Structure of American English
  • TBED 6610 Field Research: Internship in ESL

Exit Requirements:

  • Satisfactory completion of the curriculum (a grade point average of 3.0 with no C in all course work)
  • Completion of sheltered English instruction workshops for mentors.
  • A score of at least Advanced Low on  the English Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) and
  • A score of at least an Advanced Low on English Written Proficiency Exam (WPT)

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