The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program Specialist Certification program is a collaborative grant project between California University of Pennsylvania (Cal U) and Intermediate Unit 1 which began in 2013 and will end in 2018. Both organizations work diligently to provide quality training and professional development for educational professionals. Cal U and IU1 have successfully partnered together in the past on various projects.

The goal of the California University of Pennsylvania/Intermediate Unit 1 English as a Second Language Professional Development Project is to improve classroom instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) by developing a model curriculum of professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers; new teachers; experienced teachers; principals; assistant principals; and paraprofessionals that offer a range of training programs to meet varying depths of interest and need. At the conclusion of this five year grant project, over 1,650 educators will have been trained in ESL.

It is imperative that educators at all levels receive professional development opportunities that assist in assessing the ELL’s level of language acquisition, understanding individual’s needs, developing individualized instruction, and providing support through acculturation into a new environment. By providing these professional development opportunities to educators, Cal U and IU1 can assist educators in helping ELL students reach their true potential.

Note: All courses are offered online and require 10 hours of face-to-face field experience in an ESL classroom per course.


The ESL Certification Program at Intermediate Unit 1 consists of a series of six, three-credit courses which lead to the Pennsylvania ESL Program Specialist Certification. These courses are written with graduate-level rigor, which will prove to be challenging, yet rewarding, for participants.

The cost per course is $340.


For more information on the ESL Program Specialist Certification program, please contact:

Jenny Lent
Director of Curriculum and Instruction
724-938-3241 ext. 268


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