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

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 over 1,000 teachers throughout California earn their CLAD/CTEL certificate. The program is California CTC-approved.

CTEL/CLAD Program Format and Schedule

The CTEL/CLAD program consists of four online courses (12 units) over two 10-week terms, field work, and a portfolio. Candidates complete two courses during each 10-week term.

Required Courses

  • 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

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

Field Work and Portfolio Requirements

  • 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.

Program Start Dates

The CTEL/CLAD program runs on a 10-week semester schedule and has start dates each Fall, Spring and Summer.

CTEL/CLAD Program Course Waivers – CTEL Exam

The state 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. Verificaiton of passing scores must be submitted to Alliant’ s credential analyst. If you testscore verification is not provided by the start of the program, studnets will automatically be 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.