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Chapter 49 Program Requirements

The Pennsylvania Department of Education, under Chapter 49, requires all teacher preparation programs to include coursework that addresses the need to equip teachers with the competencies and skills to accommodate and adapt instruction necessary for future teachers to assist English language learners.

Chapter 49 Courses
The ESL Program provides two courses that meet both the standards and competencies required by PDE - one at the undergraduate level and one at the graduate level. All students in initial certification programs must take these courses, as well as students in school psychology and school counseling. Each semester, we offer between 4-5 sections of these courses which include:

Subject Code Title Offered Credits
LTEL 201 Meeting the Needs of ELLs Undergraduate 3
GESL 501 Meeting the Needs of ELLs Graduate 3

Along with the ESL program faculty, these experts in the field also teach Chapter 49 courses:

Heather Beschizza

Heather Beschizza, ESL M.S.Ed.

Adjunct Professor - ESL Program
beschizzah@duq.edu

Heather grew up an Army brat in a multilingual home. At 12, the family moved to New Mexico, and spent the next nine years in a bilingual community and schools. In 1999 she received her BS in Elementary Education and Psychology, and moved to England where she worked as a teaching aide at a special needs school. Heather worked mostly with a selective mute, in his native Tamil. The student suffered from PTSD, and needed to learn English and basic social skills. Returning to New Mexico in 2000, she worked as a 6th grade teacher with a varied student population. She received her MS in Counseling from the College of the Southwest in 2004. Heather then worked as an Elementary School Counselor from 2004 to 2007, until she relocated with her husband to Pittsburgh, where she received her ESL certification from Duquesne University.

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Heather Cunningham

Heather B. Cunningham, PhD

Adjunct Professor - ESL Program

Dr. Cunningham joins the ESL Program faculty after recently receiving her Ph.D. degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Language, Literacy and Culture. Her research focuses on preparing pre-service teachers to be successful in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. Dr. Cunningham was a K-12 classroom teacher for thirteen years, including teaching ESL to Kindergarten and 6th grade students in Honduras, and teaching Social Studies to English Language Learners using sheltered content strategies in a Washington, DC public high school. She has been a teacher educator since 2011, teaching university-level courses and supervising student teachers in field placements. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Cunningham’s interest in language, culture, and learning was sparked by having international family members. In addition to Honduras, Dr. Cunningham has worked in education in the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, and Malawi. Dr. Cunningham teaches LTEL 201 – Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners and GESL 518 – Integrated Literacy in the Content Areas at Duquesne.

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Joe DiLucente

Joe DiLucente

Adjunct Professor - ESL Program

Joe is in his eighth semester as an instructor at Duquesne University. Joe is a K-12 English as a Second Language supervisor in the public school system, and serves as an elementary school principal. His passion for ESL began during his undergraduate years, when he volunteered to serve as a conversation partner for English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled in graduate school programs. He taught many ELLs throughout his post-graduate teaching experience in the city of Philadelphia, which inspired him to attain certification and a subsequent MS E.D. in ESL at Duquesne. Joe enjoys exploring the connection between theory and practice, using his administrative and teaching experience in the field to clarify course concepts. An ardent supporter of connecting ELLs to their schools and community, Joe is currently working with ESL teachers to increase levels of collaboration with content area teachers and students' families. Mr. DiLucente teaches LTEL 201 ‐ Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners and GESL 501 ‐ Helping English Language Learners in Mainstream Classes at Duquesne.

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Dr. Osa-Melero

Lucia Osa-Melero, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor - ESL Program

Fisher Hall 204A
Phone: 412.396.6415
osamelerol@duq.edu
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FAQ for Chapter 49 Requirements

1. Can I use a class from another university or ESL training program to meet this requirement?
The courses the ESL program offers were approved by PDE and are based on the specific standards and competencies required by PDE. If you have taken a course at another university that has been approved by PDE, you may use that course to fulfill this requirement. ESL courses from other programs cannot be used. Please contact your advisor or the ESL Program Director to determine if your course can be used.