Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate Overview As communities diversify, teachers trained to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) are in high demand across the US. Teaching English as a second language in Pennsylvania and many other states now require a Program Specialist with an ESL certificate. Drexel's accredited online ESL certificate program is taught by expert faculty who integrate readings, discussion, practicum, and case study experience into each course. Curriculum covers the theory and practice of second language education, the structure and sound of English, the design and assessment of ESL course materials, as well as broader issues in intercultural learning. It does not require that you speak another language. This is an add-on certificate available only to those who already possess a Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificate. CertificationThis program satisfies the PA state education requirements to teach English as a Second Language. Upon completion, you'll be awarded an ESL teaching certificate and a Drexel University credential to obtain a Pennsylvania TESL position. You may then apply for PA certification through the hiring school district.TESL requirements vary state by state. If you live outside of Pennsylvania, please consult with your state Department of Education prior to enrolling in our program for specific interstate agreement requirements.Program FeaturesA flexible, completely online program that fits easily into your busy work and personal scheduleNamed one of “America’s Best Graduate Schools” preparing today’s educators by U.S. News & World ReportDrexel’s teacher education programs are approved by the Pennsylvania Department of EducationA highly interactive online learning method allows extensive interaction with faculty and other classmatesCan be completed in as few as 6 to 12 monthsTeaching Outside of the United StatesDrexel's TESL credential is not designed for teaching English outside the United States. While some of the theory and pedagogical approaches for teaching English language learners is the same, the school contexts and the experience of students and their families is very different in an immigrant context such as in the U.S. where English is a second language as opposed to an international setting where English is a foreign language. Course curricula, readings, and assignments in the Drexel TESL credential assume the U.S. school context, including current standards, testing mandates and curricular approaches. State restrictions may apply to some programs. Learn more. Curriculum This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.Required Courses LING 560Introduction to Linguistics3.0EDUC 602Language Learning & Teaching3.0EDUC 604Structure and Sound System of English3.0EDUC 606Design and Assessment3.0EDUC 608The Intercultural Learner4.5Total Credits16.5View Course Descriptions Admissions Criteria A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher A Pennsylvania Instructional I or Instructional II teaching certificateRequired DocumentsWith multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.A completed applicationOfficial transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attendedTwo letters of recommendation (professional or academic)A 1000 to 1500 word essay describing why you're interested in pursuing the programAdditional requirements for International Students Tuition The tuition rate for the academic year 2016-2017 is $894 per credit. (A 25% discount off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1192 per credit) This rate applies only to new online students.Students being readmitted to Drexel University must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify. This program is eligible for Financial Aid. Special tuition rates available for Drexel University Alumni, Military members, and members of our Partner Organizations. Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings. When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University. Academic Calendar Term Classes Begin Classes End Exams Begin Exams End Fall 2016 September 19, 2016 December 3, 2016 December 5, 2016 December 10, 2016 Winter 2017 January 9, 2017 March 18, 2017 March 20, 2017 March 25, 2017 Spring 2017 April 3, 2017 June 10, 2017 June 12, 2017 June 16, 2017 Summer 2017 June 26, 2017 September 2, 2017 September 5, 2017 September 9, 2017 Apply today for the Graduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Apply now to begin your application for obtaining a Drexel degree online! or Any problems? Find help or contact us.