1. What degrees and/or certificates are offered at Duquesne's ESL program?
The ESL program at Duquesne offers an M.S.Ed. in ESL and an ESL Program Specialist Certificate for Pennsylvania.
2. What are the main differences between the M.S.Ed. and certificate program?
The state-approved ESL Specialist Certificate is for certified teachers who wish to teach ESL students in K-12 public schools in Pennsylvania. The M.S.Ed. is for teachers who would like to teach in adult settings in the U.S. and/or adult and K-12 settings abroad.
3. How much will tuition cost throughout the program?
Tuition is $1,189 per credit. However, many full-time students receive a 25% discount on tuition which makes our program cost-competitive with similar M.S.Ed. programs.
4. How do I apply for the program?
To apply for the program:
a. Complete the online application
b. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate course work (minimum of 3.0 GPA required)
c. Submit statement of purpose - 1,000 words describing your academic and professional goals
d. Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores for international students who did not complete their undergraduate degree in an institution where the medium of instruction. The minimum TOEFL score is 79 and the minimum IELTS is 6.5.
e. No GRE is required for this program
5. What financial aid options are available to students?
Full-time students may qualify for a 25% tuition scholarship. They may also apply for a graduate assistantship. Students may apply for the assistantship with a cover letter and resume. Requirements generally include research experience, good writing skills, and ability to work independently and efficiently.
6. Do you offer evening or online courses?
We offer all our program classes in the evening and do not currently have program classes online. However, electives can be taken in a number of different areas, some of which have online classes.
7. What are the average class sizes for this program?
Average class sizes for this program are around 15 students which enables all students to receive individual attention in every course.
8. What are the potential job opportunities for graduates for the M.S.Ed. and ESL Specialist Certificate programs? Graduates from our program go into a number of different fields including:
a. ESL teaching in K-12 public and private schools
b. ESL teaching internationally and in the U.S. in adult classrooms and educational organizations such as the GPLC and AIU and university ESL programs
9. As an international student, am I eligible to apply to this program?
Yes, International students are encouraged to apply to our program.
10. Does this program award a degree and/or certificate? If so, is that transferrable internationally?
a. The PA ESL specialist certificate will transfer to many states who require ESL credentials for teachers who work with ESL students in K-12 public schools.
b. The M.S.Ed. degree is recognized in the U.S. and overseas to be able to teach in K-12 or Adult ESL education programs
11. Is there a need for ESL teachers in Pennsylvania?
There are approximately 42,542 students in Pennsylvania who are Limited English Proficiency (LEP), speaking 175 different languages.
12. Is there a need for ESL teachers in Pennsylvania?
Yes, the number of English Language Learners (ELLs) in the state of Pennsylvania went up 110% in the last decade, which is almost twice as big as the national average (60%). There is a steadily growing demand in ESL education in the state.
13. Do I apply for the M.S. Ed. and ESL Specialist Certificate separately?
After completing the course work for the ESL Specialist Certificate, you may continue your course work at Duquesne University to earn an M.S. Ed. in ESL.
14. Are students required to enroll full time?
No, students may enroll under full time or part time status.
a. Part time = 1 course, 3 credits
b. Full time = 2 or more courses, 6+ credits
15. Is there a teacher certification exam for ESL in Pennsylvania?