English Learner Added Authorization (CTEL/CLAD)

This six-course online program provides quality training in the instruction of limited-English-proficient students.

This program is perfect for...

  • Credential teachers seeking to expand their professional knowledge base
  • Credentialed teachers working with a K-12 population with limited English proficiency
  • Credentialed teachers seeking a Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC)
  • Individuals who need the flexibility offered by a fully online format

What you can learn.

  • Learn language systems, structures, forms, functions, and variations of both aural and written language forms
  • Acquire materials and methods for understanding and analyzing socio-cultural and political factors that affect second-language development
  • Become familiar with cultural concepts and perspectives, including cultural diversity, cross-cultural interaction, the roles of culture in the classroom and the school, culturally inclusive learning environments, and family and community involvement
  • Discover the roles, purposes, and types of formal and informal assessment that inform teachers in planning effective, differentiated instruction

About this program.

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UCLA Extension's English Learner Added Authorization (CTEL/CLAD) program is for credentialed teachers seeking a Crosscultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) certification approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).

This six-course, fully-online program is designed to develop the capacity of teachers to effectively teach K-12 subject matter to English language learners in public, charter, and private schools. Upon completion, candidates are recommended to the CTC for the CLAD authorization. 

For individuals without a California teaching credential, including teachers residing outside of California, courses may be taken for professional development. 


The CLAD through CTEL program consists of an orientation course, four core courses, and a final portfolio course.

This program is offered 100% online.

Please note

In order to be recommended to the CTC for the English Learner Added Authorization, all candidates must complete the online UCLA Extension application and enroll in the English Learner Added Authorization (CTEL/CLAD) program prior to taking any courses. Details on how to enroll can be found below.



Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses
EDUC X 426.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
EDUC X 426.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 426
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 426.1
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

How to Enroll

Download the CLAD through CTEL Handbook for more information.

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
  • Successful completion of all coursework with an overall 3.0 GPA or higher and a minimum of a “C” letter grade on all courses.
  • Completion of Student end of program survey.
  • Completion of Employer end of program survey, only applicable to those candidates going through the program for an authorization.
Survey link will be provided during the EDUC X 426.9 Portfolio Review course.

University of California (UC) Los Angeles Extension, UC San Diego Extension, and UC Riverside Extension consortium (Southern CA) have exactly the same courses and the consortium members have agreed to accept each other’s courses for CLAD through CTEL.

You should plan on taking the Portfolio course at the campus to which you are enrolled in the CLAD Through CTEL program. Please contact your campus prior to attempting to take the Portfolio class at a campus to which you have not been admitted.

To petition a course waiver for courses taken at another university or institution you must submit the official transcripts, course description and course syllabus with your program application. Submission of the documents does not guarantee that the course(s) will be waived.

To waive a course based on having successfully passed a CTEL examination(s) you must submit the official score report with the program application. CTEL examinations are valid for 10 years from the date that the examination(s) were passed.

The CTEL subtests and corresponding courses for waivers are as follows:

  • CTEL Subtest I = X 426.1 Language and Language Development
  • CTEL Subtest II = X 426.2 Assessment of ELL and X 426.3 Foundations & Methods of ELL
  • CTEL Subtest III = X 426 Culture and Inclusion

CTEL Examinations

The CTEL subtests and corresponding courses are:

  • CTEL Subtest I= X 426.1 Language and Language Development
  • CTEL Subtest II= X 426.2 Assessment of ELL and X 426.3 Foundations & Methods of ELL
  • CTEL Subtest III= X 426 Culture and Inclusion

CTC Examination resources and information:

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


Estimated program textbook/materials


*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

Female teacher with young boy

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."

*CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Education (2013, June 23). California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Program Leading to Certification to Teach English Learners. View the California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Program Leading to Certification to Teach English Learners Handbook (pdf).

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