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), also referred to as ‘integrated’ language development, and bilingual instruction.

Different authorizations are available for distinct purposes and credential holders.

English Learner Authorization

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 prior to the inclusion of the ELA preparation and authorization within the preliminary teacher credential. 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, an approved program of coursework, or a combination approved by a CTEL program sponsor.

Approved CTEL programs may elect to provide coursework that satisfies the requirement of the Certificate of Completion of Staff Development (SB 1292, 2006) for CTE teachers and those with Services Credentials with Special Class Authorization. If the program intends to work with CTE teachers, then the Guidelines Matrix must be completed and submitted to the Commission. There are no CTEL Programs offering this option.

For more information
Program development information: contact psdinfo@ctc.ca.gov.
Application procedures and requirements: contact Information Services at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.

Bilingual Authorization

Teachers who hold a 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 teaching 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: World Languages (CSET:WL) addresses the competence requirements for the Bilingual Authorization and can be found at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com. The examination route for this authorization is the CSET: WL. Candidates take examinations on language, bilingual methodology and culture of emphasis. These are:
  • CSET: WL II or III (depending upon the language) - Language Competence
  • CSET: WL IV - Bilingual Education and Bilingualism; Intercultural Communication; and Instruction and Assessment
  • CSET: WL V - Geographic and Historical Contexts; Sociopolitical and Sociocultural Contexts

For more information
Program development information: contact psdinfo@ctc.ca.gov. Application procedures and requirements: contact Information Services at credentials@ctc.ca.gov.

The Certificate of Completion of Staff Development (CCSD) based on SB 1292 (2006) Guidelines

The Certificate of Completion of Staff Development program (CCSD) allows 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) to English learners (EL) within the subject matter content and grade level of the holder’s prerequisite credential.

  • CCSD - SB 1292 (2006) Handbook 
    The Handbook includes the guidelines and information on how to submit proposals for Certificate of Completion of Staff Development (CCSD) programs for review.

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

Updated August 11, 2017