April 04, 2016
Susquehanna University has been certified by the state Department of Education to certify education majors as specialists in English as a second language (ESL) programming and special education.
The ESL Program Specialist certification is open to students enrolled in any of Susquehanna's education programs. The special education certification is only available to students earning a degree in early childhood education (PK-4).
"There continues to be a significant need for teachers who are specially trained to teach non-English speaking students and students who are faced with one or more disabilities," said Valerie Allison, associate professor and chair of the Department of Education at Susquehanna University. "This certification gives our students the opportunity to expand their teaching skill set to serve students who need them the most."
The ESL Program Specialist certification provides teacher candidates with the skills needed to work effectively with English-language learners (ELL) in their own classrooms and to provide leadership and instructional support to other teachers who have ELLs in their classes, but are not similarly certified. The special education certification will allow graduates to teach students who are developmentally delayed—mentally, physically, socially and/or emotionally.
Classes will be offered beginning in fall 2016.