How we work
FAST TRACK SCHEDULES
The ESL program Specialist Certification can be completed as quickly as 7-12 months. Ask our ESL eAdvisers how to Fast Track your studies and receive your credentials in a timely manner.
MEETS ALL PENNSYLVANIA REQUIREMENTS
We work closely with all schools across the state of Pennsylvania to train individual teachers, principals, asst principals, or other staff or board members that have a passion to become ESL certified to lead, advise and teach ELL students in the classroom.
ALL INCLUSIVE ONLINE PROGRAM
All coursework is online with active participation in the classroom with students. Our ESL eAdvisers will support and guide you to meet all homework and in-classroom learning criteria.
Our mission is one ESL Certified teacher in every classroom with English Language Learners (ELL’s).
Opportunity for Certified ESL Teachers
One out of 10 U.S. public school students are learning to speak English. They are called English Learners (EL’s). According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education there are more than 61,000 EL’s speaking more than 200 different languages in Pennsylvania. Educating EL’s has become an enormous challenge across America. EL’s fall behind in terms of academic achievement and graduation rates. But the PDE is making great strides in encouraging teachers to get additional training with the ESL Program Specialist Certification series.
English Language Learners Versus Total Graduation Rate
Currently 85.3% of non-EL’s are graduating, while only 64.1% of EL’s are graduating. The PDE has made an impact on facilitating the development and attainment of English proficiency and academic achievement of students whose native or first language is not English by establishing concrete curriculum regulations. In order for these students to excel at the same rate as non-EL’s, English language development (ELD) instruction, otherwise known as English as a Second Language (ESL) is delivered by a licensed ESL teacher. The ELD can be taught as a stand-alone class or course but may also be embedded within other courses with the direct support of an ESL program specialist as appropriate based on the program design and needs of the students. (www.education.pa.gov)