CTEL

California Education Code Sections 44253.3 and 44253.4 require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue authorizations that allow the holder to provide specialized instruction to English learners (EL). Section 44253.5 requires the CTC to develop and administer examinations on which a teacher can demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skill areas necessary for effective teaching of English learners (EL). With expert advice from California educators and others, the CTC has developed the California Teacher of English Learners® (CTEL®) Examination for that purpose. The CTC has contracted with the Evaluation Systems group of Pearson to administer the examination.

English Learner and Bilingual Authorization Requirements

English Learner Authorization

With the implementation of Assembly Bill 1871, effective July 1, 2009, either an English Learner Authorization may be added to the selected valid prerequisite credential or a CLAD Certificate issued when minimum requirements have been met.

The English Learner Authorization and CLAD Certificate authorize two services.

  1. Specifically Designed Academic Instruction in English (in the subjects, grade levels, and programs authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit)
  2. Instruction for English Language Development (in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults)

The English Learner Authorization and CLAD Certificate also cover classes authorized by other valid, nonemergency credentials held, as specified in Education Code Section 44253.3.

For more information about earning an English Learner Authorization or a CLAD Certificate, refer to the CTC's website at www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl628c.pdf link opens in a new window.

English Learner Authorization Requirements

To earn an English Learner Authorization or a CLAD Certificate, you must

  1. have an appropriate prerequisite credential or permit;
  2. satisfy the second-language requirement;
  3. satisfy one of the following:

    • have passed within the last five years all three CTEL Examination subtests;
    • have passing scores on the CTEL Examination combined with completed course work determined by a CTC-approved CTEL program at a regionally accredited college or university (refer to the CTC's website at www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/approved-programs.html link opens in a new window for a list of approved programs).

These three requirements can be satisfied in any order. Each is described more fully on the CTC's website at www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl628c.pdf link opens in a new window.

Bilingual Authorization

With the implementation of Assembly Bill 1871, effective July 1, 2009, the Bilingual Authorization or Bilingual Emphasis will be added as appropriate to the selected valid prerequisite credential when minimum requirements have been met.

Below is the description of the new Bilingual Authorization. The scope and content for the Bilingual Authorization remain the same as for the BCLAD™ Certificate.

The Bilingual Authorization authorizes three services. The first two instructional services for English learners listed below may be provided in the subjects, grade levels, and programs authorized by this prerequisite credential or permit:

  1. Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English
  2. Instruction for primary language development in the target language and content instruction delivered in the target language
  3. Instruction for English Language Development (in grades 12 and below, including preschool, and in classes organized primarily for adults)

Bilingual Authorization also covers classes authorized by other valid, nonemergency credentials held, as specified in Education Code Section 44253.4.

Bilingual Authorizations are available for the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Cantonese
  • Farsi
  • Filipino
  • French
  • German
  • Hmong
  • Japanese
  • Khmer
  • Korean
  • Mandarin
  • Portuguese
  • Punjabi
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Bilingual Authorization Requirements

The CTEL Examination may be used to satisfy a portion of the requirements for the Bilingual Authorization. For complete information, please refer to the CSET® certification requirements.

Select a test to learn about registration fees and other test-specific information.


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