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The abundance of English Learners in schools across the nation has prompted the necessity for teachers to hold a CLAD/CTEL Authorization. Imagine trying to learn the fundamental concepts in math, science and language arts, without a solid grasp on the English language. This program provides you with the tools to significantly improve the learning experience for these students.

Designed For

Teachers in need of earning their English Language Learners (EL) Authorization.

What You'll Learn

  • The relationship between culture/cultural diversity and academic achievement/development
  • Language systems, forms and functions
  • Factors that impact second language development
  • Effective assessment tools and strategies for English Learners
  • Second language acquisition
  • Methods for academic content instruction

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching positions are available in both private and public schools.

Completion Requirements

To earn the CLAD through CTEL certificate, individuals must complete all six courses listed below for a total of 18 quarter units, with a grade of B or better; or participants may combine passed CTEL subtests with coursework to meet all requirements.

  • EDUC X426.A - Orientation: CLAD through CTEL (credit)
  • EDUC X426 - Culture and Inclusion (4 units)
  • EDUC X426.1 - Language and Language Development (4 units)
  • EDUC X426.2 - Assessment of English Language Learners (3 units)
  • EDUC X426.3 - Foundations and Methods of English Language/Literacy Development and Content Instruction (6 units)
  • EDUC X426.9 - CTEL Portfolio (1 unit)

Earning the CLAD through CTEL certificate through UCR carries an added benefit that very few programs offer; the “blended” option. Instead of having to pass all subtests of the CTEL exam or complete all of the required coursework to become certified, this “blended” option allows you the flexibility to combine CTEL exams with UCR coursework.

Blended Option

Everyone must complete Orientation and Portfolio

Exam Passed: You DO NOT have to take:
CTEL 1 Language & Language Development EDUC X426.1 Language and Language Development
CTEL 2 Assessment & Foundations EDUC X426.2 Assessment of English Language Learners
EDUC X426.3 Foundations and Methods of English Language/Literacy Development and Content Instruction
CTEL 3 Culture & Inclusion EDUC X426 Culture and Inclusion

Real People. Real Results.

“I have found the CLAD Through CTEL Program to be a great fit for me. The instructors are always available, and the online format gives me the flexibility to schedule my time effectively. Not only has the CTEL program helped prepare me to work with EL kids, I am also bringing the writing and assessment strategies to the mainstream classrooms.”

David Cole

Sonoma County Unified School District
Sonoma, CA

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. CLAD/CTEL orientation
  2. Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited institution
  3. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  4. One of the following valid California teaching credentials:
    • Multiple Subject
    • Single Subject
    • Education Specialist Level I or II
    • Education Specialist Preliminary or Clear
    • Speech-Language Pathology or Clinical or Rehabilitative Services with a Special Class Authorization
    • School Nurse Services Credential with Special Teaching Authorization in Health
    • Visiting Faculty Permit
    • Children's Center Permit (excluding emergency)
    • Child Development Permit (excluding Assistant or Associate Permits)

Applying for Candidacy: Your first step is to enroll in the Orientation course, EDUC X426.A. This course is open year-round and is comprised of a brief, 40-minute PowerPoint presentation and a mini-quiz. An application is also required to start the program. The application is only available to students enrolled in the Orientation course.

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Orientation: CLAD Through CTEL


Culture and Inclusion


4 units

Quarter 2

Language and Language Development

EDUC X426.1

4 units

Assessment of English Language Learners

EDUC X426.2

3 units

Quarter 3

Foundations of English Language Development and Methods for Content Instruction

EDUC X426.3

6 units

CLAD Through CTEL Portfolio

EDUC X426.9

1 unit

Instructor Spotlight

“No matter what subject matter you teach or where, teachers use language to communicate with students. My classes in language development are interactive, and my students learn from each other. We don't all need to be expert linguists, but knowing more about language makes us better teachers and communicators.”

Dr. Christine Petzar

Specialist in Educational Administration
Riverside, CA

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