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Teaching English Learners

Teachers of English learners (EL) must hold an appropriate document or authorization for English language development, specially designed academic instruction delivered in English, or content instruction delivered in the primary language. Such classrooms may be referred to as ESL, sheltered, or bilingual. EL Authorizations, Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificates, and Bilingual Authorizations are currently issued to individuals seeking certification authorizing instruction to English learners. For a summary of all documents that authorize instruction to EL students, click here [PDF].


Information for All Candidates


California Prepared Candidates

Requirements are the same for all candidates


Out-of-State Prepared Candidates

Requirements are the same for all candidates.


Out-of-Country Prepared Candidates

Requirements are the same for all candidates, except that the course work and/or degrees posted to a foreign transcript must be evaluated by a foreign transcript evaluation agency before the Commission can consider them for certification purposes.


Additional Resources

Updated August 3, 2011