What is ESL?

English as a Second Language (ESL) is a term for the use or study of the English language by non-native speakers in an English-speaking environment. Susquehanna offers a Minor in ESL Program Specialist. 

Minor in ESL Program Specialist

This four-course program consisting of EDUC-440/740, EDUC-441/741, EDUC-442/742, and EDUC 443/743 (or LANG-360), is only open to students enrolled in an Education program (e.g., Early childhood, Special Education, Secondary, or Music Education). EDUC-350 should be taken first and the remaining coursework can be completed in any order beginning in spring of sophomore year. Course numbers beginning with “7” indicate the 4+1 master’s level option for eligible undergraduates. Upon successful completion of the courses and their integrated field experiences (60 hours), teacher candidates will be eligible for the dual certification and potential employment as ESL Program Specialists in PreK - 12 settings. The ESL program prepares teachers to address the learning needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) in inclusive settings, as well as coach and support classroom teachers who are not similarly trained but have ELLs in their classrooms. Students must submit a program application available through the Education Department in order to enroll in ESL certification courses.