Program: California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) Authorization

Program Description

The California Teachers of English Learners (CTEL) program is specifically designed for credentialed teachers who are seeking the English Learner Supplemental Authorization to effectively work with English learners in K-12 classrooms in California. The program includes language structure and use, first and second language development and their relationship to academic achievement, assessment of English learners, foundations of English language and literacy development and content instruction, and culture and cultural diversity and their relationship to academic achievement and culturally inclusive instruction. Program completers will be authorized to provide English Language Development (ELD) and Specially-Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) to English learners in K-12 classrooms.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU, and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., Social Security number or taxpayer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements is available from the department. See Notice to Students: Licensure and Certification for more information.

Program Requirements

1. Prerequisite

  • Valid Teaching Credential

2. Requirements

  • Application to the Credential Office.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all program courses.
  • Earn a grade of “C” or higher in all program courses.
  • Successfully complete the CTEL program portfolio.

3. Required Courses (12 units)

*Must be taken as the final course in the program.

Total Units Required: 12

More information

For more information about this program, please contact


Department of Secondary Education
Chair: Julie Gainsburg
Education (ED) 1208
(818) 677-2580