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​English as a Second Language Program Specialist

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.  PDE offers a program specialist certification in ESL.

The requirements to obtain an ESL Program Specialist certification:

  • Hold a PA Instructional I or Instructional II certificate
  • Completion of a state approved certification program


  • Hold a valid out-of-state ESL certificate
  • Completion of a state approved instructional ESL certification program that meets the Pennsylvania ESL Specific Program Guidelines.

ESL Certification Staffing Policy Guidelines (CSPG 68)

ESL Frequently Asked Questions

Pennsylvania Approved ESL Certification Programs

Pennsylvania ESL Specific Program Approval Guidelines