If you are looking to earn your cross-cultural language and academic development (CLAD) certification, this online CTEL certification program can provide you with the education you need for a successful career as an English teacher.
Diversity and multiculturalism are at the core of our CTEL teaching credential programs which lead to CLAD certification. To be an expert level teacher, you’ll need to learn how to effectively teach children from many different backgrounds; that’s why the CTEL program and (CLAD) certificate is so important. These advanced level certifications authorize two 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 for California teacher candidates, you’ll learn to approach the challenges of teaching a diverse group of students with trained ease. This teaching credential can provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to teach the English language to individuals from a variety of different backgrounds.
This CTC-approved CLAD certification program is offered online, allowing you to pursue professional development while working towards your English learner authorization certificate. The online teacher credentialing allows you to complete your coursework from a location of your choice.
Showcase Your Skills
As part of the online CTEL certificate program, you will produce a set of major assignments as you move through the expert level certification. These major assignments will demonstrate your competencies in the CTC English learner standards.
Experience in the Field
Academic achievement goes with practical training. In the program you’ll take your online coursework out into the field for valuable experience. What you learn will not only enrich your approach to education, but is prime material to use over the course of your career and in your professional portfolio.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What scholarship and financial aid options are available?
Private and public scholarships can help you meet the cost of your education, and Alliant offers 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?
Candidates for the English language authorization 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.
Who should take the CLAD/CTEL program?
This bilingual authorization program is ideal for:
- Certified educators looking to broaden their professional knowledge and teaching experience with English language learners
- Certified educators instructing K-12 students who have limited English proficiency
- Professionals who prefer the convenience of a completely online teaching format
- Certified educators pursuing a CLAD certification approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).
When does the degree program start?
The CTEL California program is an eight-week term program and is open for enrollment during each of those respective enrollment periods. Learn more with our eight-week term academic calendar.
How long does it take to complete the program?
The CTEL/CLAD Certificate is a 12-unit program, and takes between 16 and 32 weeks (two and four, eight-week terms) to complete, depending on the number of courses taken each term.
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