ESL Frequently Asked Questions
Is the MIU IV ESL Program approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE)
Yes, the courses are approved by PDE.
What are the PDE approval numbers?
ESL01 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity | PDE# 20130201
ESL02 Language Acquisition | PDE # 20130224
ESL03 Literacy Acquisition | PDE# 20130223
ESL04 Observing and Planning Instruction to ELL Students | PDE# 20130207
ESL05 Implementing and Managing Instruction to ELL Students | PDE# 20130213
ESL06 Assessing ESL Students | PDE# 20130217
Is there a test required for the issuance of the ESL certificate?
No. There is currently no test requirement for ESL.
How can PA teachers be eligible for the ESL certificate?
The teacher must hold a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II certificate
Are credits earned through the ESL program accepted towards Level II certification?
Yes, MIU IV ESL Program Specialist Certification credits are PDE approved ACT 48 graduate-level credits.
How long is each course?
ESL01 Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity | 8 weeks
ESL02 Language Acquisition | 12 weeks
ESL03 Literacy Acquisition | 8 weeks
ESL04 Observing and Planning Instruction to ELL Students | 8 weeks
ESL05 Implementing and Managing Instruction to ELL Students | 8 weeks
ESL06 Assessing ESL Students | 8 weeks
Are there specific times that I have to be online?
The ESL courses are all project-based, there are no specific times that you have to be online.
Are classes offered over the summer?
There are no courses starting in June, July or August.
How can a full-time teacher complete the field experience?
A full-time teacher can complete the field experience requirements by working with an ESL teacher at their school, their district, their IU or at another school.
Will I need to take a Praxis exam at the end of the coursework in order to get ESL Certified?
No, you will not need to take a Praxis exam to get ESL Program Specialist added to your certificate.
Are ESL certified teachers approved to work in all schools in Pennsylvania?
Yes. All teachers that hold an ESL Program Specialist Certificate can staff or lead an ESL program at any school (public or private) in Pennsylvania.
Do I need a teaching certificate to start the program?
Yes. A Pennsylvania Instructional I or II certificate is required to be accepted into the ESL Program Specialist Certification series. This is required by the PDE as this certificate is an add-on ESL certification to your Instructional certification. Both programs may be taken concurrently.
Do I earn any continuing professional education (CPE) credits?
Each course is three graduate level CPE credits (90 Act 48 hours).
For more questions, contact us:
Midwestern IU IV
Director of Professional Development
Enroll or have questions? (888) 936-8626 | 9am - 6pm M-F | 11am - 3pm Sat & Sun
ESL FAQ last updated: January 10, 2019