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Extended Education’s California Teachers English Learners (CTEL) certification booming

March 03, 2016 by Cindy O'Dell

CTEL2WordCloudBrandman University’s School of Extended Education saw a 95 percent increase in enrollment in its California Teachers English Learners (CTEL) online course.

“The CTC changed the requirement a while back to state that any teacher who is currently teaching in a K-12 public school must have a valid clear CTEL credential.  Teachers may meet the CTEL/CLAD requirement by taking a test administered through Pearson or completing a state approved CTEL course.  Brandman offers the CTEL approved course,” said Angela Haugh, director of Credential Services for the university.

“Our program is online and runs through Extended Education, so the price is competitive.  Also, our courses are for academic credit and that helps teachers meet academic credit units for merit increases and meets the CTEL/CLAD requirement,” she said. “We have seen a jump over the past few years because, as we go through the teacher shortage, a lot of older credential holders are coming back into the system and out-of-state teachers are being hired.  Both these set of new employees are required to obtain a CTEL/CLAD certificate.”

Dr. Nicole Schneider, the School of Education’s CTEL program chair, agreed. “One of the reasons I think we are seeing a jump in enrollment is because California is attractive for teachers. A significant number of people come from other states to teach in California.”

Brandman is one of only 12 places in the state approved for offering the CTEL authorization. Because it is an online program, teachers throughout the state can use it.

The California Education Code requires anyone providing specialized instruction to English learners to demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skill areas needed for effective teaching. The Brandman course addresses the belief that teaching English learners requires an understanding of language acquisition theories, how culture affects learning and the need for appropriate bilingual teaching methods.

To earn the certification, students take four courses, earning three graduate credits per course. Coursework can be begun in any of the academic sessions, which run year round. Once students have completed one of the two introductory courses, they may proceed freely within the program.

“We have short, eight-week terms, yet still offer a rigorous and quality program. Students can complete their certification in as little as 16 weeks if they complete two courses per term,” said Schneider.

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