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Teaching English Learners

CAN YOU EVALUATE MY COURSE WORK FOR THE ENGLISH LEARNER AUTHORIZATION/CLAD CERTIFICATE?

The final date for the initial issuance of a CLAD certificate or EL authorization under this option was January 31, 2011. Coursework completed must now be verified by a Commission-approved CTEL program for a determination of equivalency. The CTEL program will determine remaining requirements based on prior coursework and experience and recommend the applicant when all program requirements are satisfied.

WHAT COLLEGES OR UNIVERSITIES OFFER CTEL COURSE WORK?

Click here for a list of Commission-approved program sponsors.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN AN ENGLISH LEARNER AUTHORIZATION OR CLAD CERTIFICATE?

Click here for more information [PDF] on the requirements for obtaining a CLAD Certificate or English learner Authorization.

HOW LONG ARE EXAM SCORES VALID?

Passing examination scores are valid for five years.

I WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON THE CALIFORNIA TEACHERS OF ENGLISH LEARNERS (CTEL) EXAMINATION.

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NOTE:

The CLAD Examinations have been phased out and replaced by the CTEL Examination. The final administration of the CLAD exam was June 24, 2006. Candidates must now take and pass the CTEL Exam to be issued the CLAD Certificate or English learner authorization.

IF I COMPLETE AN INDUCTION PROGRAM, WILL I RECEIVE A CLAD CERTIFICATE OR ENGLISH LEARNER AUTHORIZATION?

No. Individuals who hold a preliminary credential without an EL authorization will not be granted the authorization based upon completion of the advanced teaching English learner component of an induction program. Click here for more information [PDF] on the requirements for obtaining a CLAD Certificate or English learner Authorization.

ARE CLAD COURSE WORK PROGRAMS BEING PHASED OUT? IF SO, WHAT IS THE CUT-OFF DATE?

The CLAD course work option is no longer available. Individuals that would like a coursework option must complete a Commission-approved CTEL program.

WHAT DOCUMENTS SERVE AS A BASIC OR PREREQUISITE CREDENTIAL FOR THE CLAD CERTIFICATE OR ENGLISH LEARNER AUTHORIZATION?

The following are appropriate prerequisite credentials and/or permits for the CLAD Certificate or English Learner Authorization:

  • California teaching credential
  • Clinical Rehabilitative Services Credential with a Special Class Authorization
  • Speech-Language Pathology Services Credential with a Special Class Authorization
  • School Nurse Services Credential with a Special Teaching Authorization in Health
  • Children's Center Permit (excluding emergency), or Child Development Permit (excluding Assistant and Associate Permit) that authorizes the holder to provide instruction to pupils in preschool, grades K-12, or classes primarily organized for adults

The following are not appropriate prerequisite credentials or permits:

  • Emergency Permits
  • Provisional Internship Permits
  • Short-Term Staff Permits
  • District Intern Credentials
  • University Intern Credentials
  • Exchange Credentials
  • Sojourn Certificated Employee Credentials
  • Services credentials that do not authorize instruction

I COMPLETED THE CTEL COURSE WORK OR PASSED THE CTEL EXAMS. CAN YOU SEND ME AN APPLICATION PACKAGE SO THAT I MAY APPLY FOR THE CLAD CERTIFICATE OR ENGLISH LEARNER AUTHORIZATION?

If you completed the CTEL exams you may elect to complete a direct online application . You can also download and complete the paper application [PDF] and mail it with the current processing fee [PDF] to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Attention: Applications, 1900 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95811-4213. If you completed the CTEL coursework you must be recommended online by your program sponsor. Click the lookup button on our home page to see if you have a pending recommendation online.

HOW CAN I FULFILL THE SECOND LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR THE CLAD CERTIFICATE?

Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited college or university are deemed to have satisfied the second language requirement. If you do not hold a bachelor's degree, there are 16 different options for satisfying the second language requirement. These options are described in detail on leaflet CL-628C [PDF].


Updated July 25, 2011