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English as a Second Language Program Specialist

  • Program Overview


    The English as a Second Language Program Specialist Certificate is designed to prepare candidates to become leaders in the field of second language acquisition.  Candidates will be prepared to support students and other teachers using their expert knowledge and skills. Those who complete the program will gain an understanding and appreciation of various cultures as well as acquire a solid foundation in the theories and current research in second language acquisition. 

    Each course has a corresponding 15 hour practicum course, which must be completed in the field. At least one placement must be in a PK-12 classroom setting. Candidates will work with the program coordinator to set up practicum experiences.


    What Makes Us Different

    • Program can be completed in conjunction with an initial teaching certification program at Gannon
    • Sixty hours of experience built into program

  • Virtual Information Sessions

    We invite you to join us by video or phone for a virtual information session to learn more. Registration is required and a link will be sent via email before the session.

  • State Authorization

    View Gannon's State Authorization for more information on SARA and state authorization. Have a complaint about a distance education program or courses? Read the state contact information document to learn more about filing a complaint.

    Student Success

    Gannon's Online Engagement Coordinator facilitates our online new student orientations, implements strategies to ensure that online students are active in their online courses, and provides general online student support through a variety of high-touch methods to engage students and support student retention efforts. Gannon online students can reach out with general questions about online learning or how to remotely access Gannon's comprehensive student services.

  • ESL Student

    Elizabeth Meier, ESL Specialist Candidate

    "The ESL Specialist Certification Program at Gannon University has given me effective instructional tools that I can apply right away. It has changed the way I view ESL instruction, and I am a better teacher because of it."