Cal U and IU1 Ink ESL Credit Agreement

Cal U and Intermediate Unit 1 have announced a five-year agreement that will allow students who have achieved English as a Second Language (ESL) certification through IU1 to receive 18 credits in Cal U’s online Master of Education in ESL program.

The M.Ed.-only (without certification) program in ESL is offered through Cal U Global Online. To be eligible, an applicant must meet the admission requirements and be accepted by Cal U’s School of Graduate Studies and Research.

IU1 provides leadership and educational services to the schools and communities of Fayette, Greene, and Washington counties, including direct student services in the areas of special education, nonpublic education, adult basic literacy and English as a second language.

The new agreement recognizes the achievements of individuals certified in ESL through the Intermediate Unit while providing the opportunity for them to continue their graduate-level education at Cal U.

The agreement also provides both institutions with more precise guidelines for advising students who are interested in pursuing the master’s degree in ESL offered through Cal U Global Online.

The credit agreement continues a collaboration that supplements the “Cal U/IU1 ESL Professional Development Project,” which trains personnel to support English language learners in Pennsylvania’s public schools.

The project is funded by a $1.8 million English Language Acquisition: National Professional Development Grant awarded in 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of English Language Acquisition. Dr. Kevin Koury, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, and the IU1 team recently were awarded $392,800 for the third year of the project.

At IU1, the grant supports development of a model continuum of professional development opportunities for pre-service teachers, new teachers, experienced teachers, principals, assistant principals and paraprofessionals who are teaching English-language learners.

The grant also gives teachers-in-training at Cal U the opportunity to complete state-mandated coursework in teaching English-language learners.

Students who wish to learn more about the credit agreement may contact Jenny Lent at jenny.lent@iu1.org or Patricia Hazen at patricia.hazen@iu1.org; or Cal U Global Online at calugo@calu.edu.

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