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Online California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) and Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) Certificate Program

Online CTEL/CLAD Certificate in 20 Weeks

Alliant offers a California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) program leading to CLAD Certification fully approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Alliant's online CTEL/CLAD program features a flexible format, competitive tuition, excellent instructors and a strong reputation and history that has helped hundreds of teachers across California earn their CLAD/CTEL certificate. The program is CTC-approved

Program Start Dates

The CTEL/CLAD program has start dates in the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

CTEL/CLAD Program Format and Schedule

The CTEL/CLAD program consists of four online courses (12 units) over two 10-week terms. Candidates complete two courses during each 10-week term. Candidates may begin the program with one 10-week term in Fall, Spring or Summer semesters and complete the final 10-week term the subsequent semester.

Required teleconference/online orientations are conducted at the beginning and end of the program to define student expectations, program delivery and outcomes. On-site orientations in San Diego are also offered.

The program's four courses are:

  • CTE 7040: Culture and Development of Cross-Cultural Competencies
  • CTE 7410: Theory and Method of Second Language Teaching
  • CTE 7415: Assessment and Instruction of English Learners
  • CTE 7420: Principles of Linguistics 

Alliant does not accept transfer credits from any CLAD/CTEL courses taken at other institutions.

In addition to online study, Alliant's program includes field work and a portfolio.

  • Field work may be completed at the candidate's own school site or at another school site, and may include one or more of the following:
    • Classroom observations;
    • Interviews with practicing CLAD authorized teachers in instructional settings with diverse learners;
    • Demonstration lessons that include appropriate principles, methodologies and techniques in a linguistically diverse classroom.
  • The portfolio is a demonstration of professional competency that represents work completed throughout the program and which serves as an assessment of the candidate's performance.

CTEL/CLAD Program Course Waivers - CTEL Exam

The CTEL exam is not required for admission. However, applicants may request a course waiver due to passing of one or more sections of the CTEL exam. Proof of passing scores must be submitted. If you do not provide proof by the start of the program, you will be automatically enrolled in the first two CTEL courses.

Admission Requirements

All applicants recommended for a Cross-Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate (CLAD) must meet the following requirements: 

  • Alliant International University application (Use the "graduate" application option)
  • $65 application fee
  • Official undergraduate transcripts with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from a regionally accredited institutions of higher education in the US or its international equivalent. When official transcripts are not immediately available, candidates may supply unofficial documents and be admitted on a conditional basis until the official transcript is submitted
  • Possess and provide a copy of a valid California teaching credential, services credential, children’s center instructional permit, or children’s center supervision permit which authorized the holder to provide instruction to pupils in preschool, kindergarten, any of grades 1 to 12 inclusive, or classes primarily organized for adults. Proof of valid California teaching credential may be obtained through the CTC website. Teachers with the following credentials are not eligible for admission:
    • Emergency credentials or permits
    • Exchange credentials as specified in Education Code Section 44333,
    • District intern certificates as specified in Education Code Section 44325,
    • Sojourn certificated employee credentials as specified in Education Code Section 44856;
    • Teacher education internship credentials as specified in Article 3 (commencing with Education Code Section 44450) of Chapter 32 

California credentialed teachers or administrators who are not currently practicing teachers may still be admitted to the program, but must provide two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's abilities, interests and proven accomplishments in education. Letters of recommendation should be printed on letterhead and signed.

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