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 Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development (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 online certification program consists of four online courses (12 units) over four, eight-week terms, field work, and a portfolio. Candidates complete one or two courses during each eight-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 serves as an assessment of the candidate’s performance.

Program Start Dates

The CTEL/CLAD online certification program runs on an eight-week term schedule and has multiple 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 who have passed one or more sections of the CTEL exam may request a course waiver. Verification of passing scores must be submitted to Alliant’s credential analyst. If your test score verification is not provided by the start of the program, students 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:

  • Submit official undergraduate transcripts showing a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 from a regionally-accredited institution 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.

Learn More!

Contact an Alliant admissions counselor today about our CTEL/CLAD online certification program at 1-866-825-5426.