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


    IMPORTANT NOTICE:

    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.


    2022 - 2023 SCHEDULE OF ESL CERTIFICATION COURSES:


    COURSE ONE:
    Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language  - registration is now open!  

    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 now open!   

    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 now open!   

    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.