GSE&IS English Learner Added Authorization

English Learner Added Authorization

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."

With almost one-third of the student population in Los Angeles County being non-native speakers of English, and over two-thirds of English learners performing at or below basic on the English and Language Arts section of the California Standardized Testing and Reporting [STAR] Exam, the Teaching English Language Learners program is designed to develop the capacity of teachers and others in educational settings to effectively teach English Language learners in public, charter, and private schools.

The CLAD (Cross-cultural, Language and Academic Development)  through CTEL (California Teacher of English Learners) program is designed for those individuals who hold an active and valid California teaching credential and need to add the CLAD authorization. This 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.

Candidates must possess a valid California teaching credential, services credential, children’s center instructional permit, or children’s center supervision permit which authorized 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:

  1. Emergency credentials or permit
  2. Exchange credentials as specified in Education Code Section 44333
  3. District intern certificates as specified in Education Code Section 44325
  4. Sojourn certificated employee credentials as specified in Education Code Section 44856
  5. Teacher education internship credentials as specified in Article 3 (commencing with Education Code Section 44450) of Chapter 3

Upon completion of the program, these candidates are recommended to the CCTC for the CLAD authorization.  The candidates are not eligible to receive a UCLA Extension Certificate upon completion of the program, per CCTC rules.



CLAD Through CTEL Website

UNEX Education Department -

Program Leader

Allison Wilson Leggett, EdD
Program Director, Teacher Education
UCLA Extension, Education Department


Lauren Flemming
(310) 206-8342