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English Learner Authorization

  • English Learner Authorizations Advisory Panel
    The Commission on Teacher Credentialing appointed twenty-five individuals to serve as panel members of the 2011 English Learner (EL) Authorizations Advisory Panel. This Panel was charged with implementing recommendations of a prior panel as directed by the commission at its September 2010 meeting. Panel members have completed an extensive review, analysis and update of current teaching standards as they relate to the teaching authorizations for English language development (ELD) and specially designed academic instruction in English (SDAIE), and proposed program standards for a new single subject authorization in English language development and a new English learner Specialist Authorization. Panelists also made recommendations for updating standards for the Pupil Personnel Services and Administrative Services Credentials.
    July 20, 2012


California statute requires that every teacher who provides instructional services to an English Learner be authorized to provide specialized instruction for those learners. This instruction would either 1) help the learners to understand instruction that is taught only in English, 2) help the learners develop their ability to listen, speak, read and write in English, 3) be provided in the learners' primary language as English is acquired, or 4) be taught in a language other than English for those learners in a dual immersion program. These are more commonly referred to as English Language Development (ELD), Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) and bilingual instruction.

Different authorizations are available for distinct purposes and credential holders.

CTEL Programs for the Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Authorization

This authorization is for teachers who are prepared out of state and do not have an approved English Learner authorization or for California prepared teachers who earned a Ryan or Standard teaching credentials. The certificate authorizes holders to provide instruction in both English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE). The Certificate may be earned by examination or approved coursework.

Approved CTEL programs may elect to provide coursework that satisfies the requirement of SB 1292 for CTE teachers and those with Services Credentials with Special Class Authorization. All approved CTEL programs must indicate if the approved program will elect to offer this coursework by submitting the intent form by April 10, 2010. If the program does intend to work with CTE teachers, then the Guidelines Matrix must be completed and submitted to the Commission

For more information
Program information: contact Paula Jacobs at pjacobs@ctc.ca.gov.
Application procedures and requirements: contact Information Services at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.


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Bilingual Authorization

Teachers who hold bilingual authorization may provide instruction in the authorized language, in English, in English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE). This authorization is a supplement to a Multiple Subject, Single Subject or Education Specialist Credential. It may be earned concurrently with the credential or after the initial credential has been earned. Candidates may earn the authorization through examination, approved programs, or approved programs aligned with examination subtests.


Program Information


Examination information
California Subject Examinations for Teachers: Languages Other than English (CSET:LOTE) can be found at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. The examination route for this authorization is the CSET: LOTE. Candidates take examinations on language, bilingual methodology and culture of emphasis. These are:

  • CSET: LOTE II or III (depending upon the language)
  • CSET: LOTE IV - Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Intercultural Communication; and Instruction and Assessment
  • CSET: LOTE V - Geographic and Historical Contexts; Sociopolitical and Sociocultural Contexts


For more information
Program information: contact Paula Jacobs at pjacobs@ctc.ca.gov. Application procedures and requirements: contact Information Services at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.



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SB 1292 Guidelines

SB1292 Guidelines allow Career Technical Education Teachers and those with Services Credentials with Special Class Authorization to earn an authorization to provide Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE).

  • 1292 Guidelines [MS Word]
  • Coded Correspondence 08-04 [PDF] -- Implementation of Senate Bill 1292 (Chap. 752, Stats. 2006) Guidelines-- English Learner Staff Development for Career Technical Education Teachers and Holders of Service Credentials with a Special Class Authorization

1292 Handbook
The Handbook includes the guidelines and information on how to submit proposals for Certificate of Completion of Staff Development (CCSD) programs for review.

Approved CTEL programs may elect to provide coursework that satisfies the requirement of SB 1292 for CTE teachers and those with Services Credentials with Special Class Authorization. All approved CTEL programs must indicate if the approved program will elect to offer this coursework by submitting the intent form by April 10, 2010. If the program does intend to work with CTE teachers, then the Guidelines Matrix must be completed and submitted to the Commission

For more information
Program information: contact Paula Jacobs at pjacobs@ctc.ca.gov.
Application procedures and requirements: contact Information Services at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.


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Updated October 27, 2014