Professional Development

Alvernia ESL Program Specialist Certification

  • The Reading School District has entered into a partnership with Alvernia University to offer post-baccalaureate courses to earn an English as a Second Language Program Specialist credential.   

    • Courses will be taught on Wednesdays from 4-7 at the Reading Intermediate High School by an experienced ESL instructor from the Reading School District

    • $50.00 application fee will be waived

    • Reduced tuition rates for RSD employees

    • Textbooks will be provided at no cost to the students

    • Program consists of 5 PDE-approved courses that will meet once a week and will include online work as well as field experience hours that can be completed within the student’s school/classroom

    • Credits can be applied toward a Level II teaching certificate

    • RSD teachers can submit for tuition reimbursement through the REA collective bargaining agreement 

    The first step to take in order to get started is to complete the online application: When completing the online application please add the following code in the discount code box to waive the $50 application fee: GRAD FEE WAIVER.  (Please note that the code is case sensitive and will need to be written in all caps.)  As part of our partnership, Alvernia will also waive your 3 letters of recommendation.  

    For more information about the ESL Program Specialist program at Alvernia, visit:

    If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Kelly Burr, Coordinator of Graduate Admissions and Student Services, at 610-796-8296.  She is available to assist you through the entire registration process.

    Kelly Burr, M. ED.
    Coordinator of Graduate Admissions & Student Service
    610-796-8296  Phone 
    610-796-8367 Fax

    540 Upland Avenue
    Rm. 135
    Reading, PA 19611

    Mailing Address:
    400 Saint Bernadine St.
    Reading, PA 19607



  • Mrs. Angel Zimmerman
    ESL Program Supervisor
    484-258-7101 Ext. 51980

    Mrs. Idalmy Cedeno-Naylor
    ESL Program Supervisor
    484-258-7101 Ext. 57991

    Mr. Alexander Noguerola
    ESL Program Supervisor
    484-258-7101 Ext. 57989