K-12 ESL Teacher Recruitment Program


    Candidates hired as long-term or everyday substitutes are eligible for the AIU's 2022-23 School Year K‑12 ESL Teacher Recruitment Program

    To be a teacher of record for ESL and serve students at all grade levels, K-12 educators must possess one of the following combinations of certifications (A or B).

    A:  ESL Program Specialist + Reading Specialist

    B:  ESL Program Specialist + Elementary K-6 + Secondary English/Communications 7-12

    Many candidates who apply to ESL teaching positions have not yet obtained one or more required certification. Not to worry – the AIU has options to help such educators. 

    Educators who successfully interview and are hired for a long-term or everyday substitute position in the AIU K-12 ESL Program will be eligible for the following support in obtaining full certification under the 2022 AIU K-12 ESL Teacher Recruitment Program:

    • A one-time reimbursement up to $200 for taking and passing a required Praxis exam. Those in need of multiple PRAXIS exams are eligible for one reimbursement per needed area of certification.

    • 50% tuition reimbursement upon passing all six courses in the AIU K-12 ESL Program Specialist Certification program and accepting a job from the AIU, if one is offered. (No reimbursement provided for courses taken outside of the AIU or after employment with the AIU has ended.)

    • Participants in this special program will be guaranteed an interview for all contractual openings in the K-12 ESL program.

    • Participants will be required to apply in TIMS for all certifications and are responsible for payment of their application fees. 

    Interested candidates should visit the AIU Careers page and apply to be a K-12 ESL Teacher Long-term/Everyday Substitute. 

    Long-term substitutes generally go to the same assignment and work with the same students for the full school year.

    Long-term substitutes are paid $150/$170 per day (Bachelor’s/Master’s) and are eligible for individual health benefits.

    Learn more about the AIU’s ESL Program Specialist Certification Program below.

    Questions? Contact program supervisor Charlene Byrd at charlene.byrd@aiu3.net.

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ESL Program Specialist Certification

  • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification

    Allegheny Intermediate Unit is pleased to offer a blended model for the 18-credit ESL Program Specialist certification program. This program will include online classwork, in-person class meetings and field experience. The courses are taught by ESL professionals currently working in the field and supervised by the ESL program director.

    Each course is three credits and requires 10 hours of field experience per course. Participants in the program are encouraged to consider how they can work field experience hours into their current employment situation before beginning the program. The cost for each course is $499. 

    The ESL Program Specialist Certificate is an add-on certificate to another instructional certificate. Once your coursework has been completed, you must apply to PDE through TIMS to obtain the certificate.

    The AIU’s ESL Program has partnered with Carlow University in order to offer a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.  Carlow University will accept all 18 credits (six courses) of the ESL Specialist Certificate.  

    Questions can be directed to the ESL program supervisor: Charlene Byrd.

    You will find the course schedule below. Please click on the course title to register. 

    Questions regarding ESL course registration through Frontline? Click here for frequently asked questions


    Allegheny Intermediate Unit uses Canvas LMS to facilitate the online portion of the ESL courses. Registered participants will be notified of their Canvas login procedures 1-2 days prior to the start date of each course. 

    The classes for 2022-2023 will be delivered using the blended model of both in-person instruction and online assignments. However, the delivery format for ESL courses may be subject to change in accordance with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit's health and safety protocols.


    COURSE ONE: Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language
     - registration is closed

    Instructor: Ms. Charlene Byrd

    Opening in-person classes: June 27-30, 2022; daily 811:30 a.m.

    Closing in-person class: October 17, 2022; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Online classwork due: October 10, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.


    COURSE TWO: Developing Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity - registration is closed  

    Instructor: Dr. Gina DeMarco-Wall

    Opening in-person classes: July 18-21, 2022; daily 811:30 a.m.

    Closing in-person class: November 14, 2022; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Online classwork due: November 7, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.


    COURSE THREE: Language Acquisition and Development - registration is closed   

    Instructor:  Dr. Michelle Lee Amodei

    Opening in-person classes: August 1-4, 2022; 8:00 am – 11:30 am

    Closing in-person class: December 5, 2022; 5:008:30 pm

    Online classwork due: November 28, 2022 at 11:59 pm


    COURSE FOUR: Observing, Planning, Implementing, and Managing Instruction - registration is now open!   

    Instructor: Ms. Margo Machuga

    Opening in-person class: Thursday, November 3, 2022; 5:008:30 p.m. 

    Saturday in-person classes:  November 5, 12, and 19, 2022; 811:30 a.m.

    Closing in-person class: January 30, 2023; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Online classwork due: January 23, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.


    COURSE FIVE: Assessment and Support for English Language Learners - registration is now open!    

    Instructor: Ms. Christine St. Clair

    Opening in-person class: Wednesday, January 4, 2023; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Saturday in-person classes:  January 7, 14, and 21, 2023; 811:30 a.m.

    Closing in-person class: March 20, 2023; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Online classwork due: March 13, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.


    COURSE SIX: English Language Learners, Families, Community, and Professionalism - registration is now open!  

    Instructor: Ms. Suzanne Unger

    Opening in-person class: Monday, February 20, 2023; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Saturday in-person classes:  February 25, March 4, and 11, 2023; 811:30 a.m.

    Closing in-person class: April 17, 2023; 5:008:30 p.m.

    Online classwork due: April 10, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.