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UC San Diego Division of Extended Studies, in collaboration with UCLA Extension and UC Riverside Extension developed English Learner Authorization (CLAD) through CTEL programming to address revised program standards, receiving Commission approval on January 17, 2008.


Requirements to earn the California English Learner Added Authorization (CLAD)

The general requirements for earning the California English Learner Added Authorization (CLAD) follow:

  • Possession of an appropriate valid prerequisite credential
  • Passage of the CTEL examinations; completion of a specified number of units through and approved California Teachers of English Learner (CTEL) program; a combination of the CTEL exams and coursework with an approved program; or equivalency evaluation by a Commission approved program sponsor

A valid California preliminary teaching credential is required for admission to the program. In order to meet California academic requirements for a English Learner Added Authorization (CLAD), candidates must be admitted to an approved program and complete 18 quarter units in an approved program; a combination of CTEL Exams and approved coursework; or be granted equivalency and fulfill any requirements deemed necessary by an approved program.

All candidates must successfully maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better and receive a grade of “C” or higher in each course to be eligible for a formal recommendation to the Commission for a English Learner Added Authorization (ELA1). Grades of "C-" or below will not count toward program requirements for recommendation purposes.

English Learner Authorization (CLAD) Through ELD

English Learner Authorization (CLAD) Through ELD
Candidates that are issued a preliminary credential through a California prepared program and enrolled in a program on or after January 1, 2014 are issued the preliminary with the English Learner Authorization of ELAM, ELAS, or ELAE. Teachers with those authorizations are authorized to provide ELD instruction in self-contained and core settings authorized by the prerequisite credential, but not as a separate content area in a departmentalized setting. The ELAM, ELAS, or ELAE authorizations do not allow for Departmentalized English Language Development.

As a result, the CLAD Through ELD option has been created to allow holders of a valid ELAM, ELAS, or ELAE to earn a full English Learner Added Authorization (ELA1). Applications to the program are reviewed for equivalency to the CLAD through CTEL program standards. Coursework is required specifically related to Departmentalized English Language Development that is not reflected in the standards for ELAM, ELAS, or ELAE.

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