M.Ed. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

M.Ed. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL)

About the Program

Penn State Abington, in collaboration with the University of Turabo, Puerto Rico, offers educators an innovative master's degree program. Teachers build credit hours toward a focused degree, becoming equipped to specialize in ESL or to work with ESL students. Study second language acquisition, methods of teaching, communication skills, and reading processes. Join over 500 teachers who have earned their M. Ed. from the University of Turabo and their ESL certificate from Penn State.

Fast Facts

  • Earn a Master's Degree in Education from University of Turabo
  • Earn an English as a Second Language Certificate from Penn State
  • Earn 540 PDE Act 48 credits
  • Earn 39 credits toward a PDE Instructional Level II certification
  • No master's thesis required
  • No praxis required for ESL certificate
  • Accelerated, weekend class format
  • Located at nearby Penn State Abington
  • Degree completion in three years or less

Additional Information: M.Ed. in ESL

Who Should Enroll?

  • The program is designed for classroom teachers who hold Instructional I or II certification.
  • Proficiency in a second language is not required.

Admissions Requirements

Students must earn 39 credits to complete the ESL program. A minimum of six credits or two classes each semester are offered by the University of Turabo, allowing students to complete the program in less than three years. Classes meet on weekends during the academic school year and in the summer.

Teachers participating in the program will, upon completion of the 39 credits, 1) receive a Master's Degree in Education in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Turabo, and 2) will have completed a Pennsylvania Department of Education approved Program Specialist: English as a Second Language Certificate.