According to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, "Twenty-five percent of all children enrolled in California public schools are designated as English learners and require specialized instruction in English language development. For these reasons, California has placed a high priority on preparing teachers to work with students from multicultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. Since 1970, the State of California has required that classes designed to serve students primarily designated as English Learners in public schools must be taught by teachers who have the appropriate preparation to teach linguistically and culturally diverse students."
Candidates must possess a valid California teaching credential, services credential, children’s center instructional permit, or children’s center supervision permit, which authorizes the holder to provide instruction to pupils in preschool, kindergarten, any of grades 1 to 12 inclusive, or classes primarily organized for adults except the following:
- Emergency credentials or permit,
- 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 3
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