Certificate in California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL), Leading to CLAD Certificate

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CTEL and CLAD Certification Overview


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If you are looking to earn your Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification online, Alliant International University is the perfect place to start. Our CTEL certification program will provide you with all the necessary education you need for a successful career as an English teacher. 

Diversity and multiculturalism are what make our Golden State undeniably unique, and they’re at the core of each of our CLAD teaching credential programs. If you are looking to make a difference in cross-cultural education, Alliant International University can help.

To be an effective teacher, you’ll need to learn how to effectively teach children from many different backgrounds — that’s why the CTEL and Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certificate is vital. The English Learner Authorization and Cross Cultural, Language, and Academic Development Certificate authorizes instruction to English language learners. The EL Authorization/CLAD Certificate authorizes 2 types of instructions: Instruction for English Language Development (ELD) and Specifically Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE). English Language Development, which is also known as English as a Second Language (ESL) or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is mainly aimed to promote the acquisition of listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills of the student. Specifically Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) is designed to increase the level of comprehensibility of the English language in any subject matter, such as math or social science. For more detailed information, please refer to the CTC website.

With the CTEL certificate and CLAD program, you will be ready to approach the challenges of teaching such a diverse group of students with trained ease. Earning this teaching credential will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach the English language to foreigners and individuals from a variety of different backgrounds. Read on to find a certification program that’s right for you. 

 

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Faculty and Admissions

Get the information you need in order to start your Alliant International University experience. Browse our diverse list of faculty members, or see the latest admission requirements for our CTC-approved CLAD programs.

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Degree Highlights

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Offered Online

Alliant’s CTC-approved CLAD certification program is offered in an online format that allows you to continue to pursue professional development while working towards your certificate. Our online teacher credentialing gives you complete freedom, allowing you to finish your coursework on your own schedule.

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A Showcase of Your Skillset

As part of the online CTEL/CLAD certificate program at Alliant, you will produce a set of major assignments as you move through the program. These major assignments will demonstrate your competencies in the CTC English learner standards.

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Experience in the Field

From learning to doing. From theory to application. Take the online into the real world by getting out into the field and immersing yourself. What you learn from your time in the field will not only enrich your approach to education, but is prime material to use in your professional portfolio.

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“In my experience with Alliant it was very clear from the start that there was a commitment to education being the great equalizer—and so, I feel like I got tools through my learning at Alliant that are allowing me to become a better teacher and reach out to everyone in my classrooms.”
Evelyn Serrano
CSOE Alumna
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Degree Information


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School Performance Fact Sheet

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of job can I expect to get with this degree?

    Graduates of our CTEL Credential program often already work as teachers at various levels including elementary, middle- and high-school levels. Some also do go on to teach at the collegiate levels as well, and the graduates of the CTEL program that go on to become teachers make up both the bulk of their post-school career paths, and their post-school career options, as this is a relatively specialized degree. Other career options include becoming a school principal, adult and secondary educator, policy maker, and a professional tutor.

  • What scholarship and financial aid options are available to me?

    Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education. Alliant International University is pleased to be able to offer a significant number of institutional scholarships for many of our students. Learn more about these scholarship opportunities here. Additional Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of loans, grants, federal work study, and military aid. Learn more in our Financial Options Guide.

  • Are there any special requirements for entry into this program?

    Yes. Candidates must possess a valid California teaching credential, Clinical Rehabilitative 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 California Basic Skills requirement must be met in order for the CLAD/CTEL certificate to be issued.

  • When does the CTEL/CLAD Certificate program start?

    The CTEL/CLAD Certificate program is an 8-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. You can find a copy of our 8-week term academic calendar here.

  • How long does it take to complete the CTEL/CLAD Certificate online program?

    The CTEL/CLAD Certificate is a 12-unit program, and takes between 16 and 32 weeks (two and four 8-week terms) to complete, depending on the number of courses taken each term.

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Degree Campus Locations


The CTEL Credential Program is only offered as an online program. Explore our online programs below.

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Why Alliant

At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.

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Why CSOE

At CSOE, we believe that education is the great equalizer and are committed to preparing and empowering the next generation of educational professionals. If you’re ready to teach the English language to a diverse group of students from a variety of backgrounds, start your instruction with a certificate program at Alliant International University. See how you can make a difference as a teacher to English learners.

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