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CLAD / BCLAD FAQs

Q. What is CLAD?

A. Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (CLAD), is an authorization to provide specialized instruction to individuals for whom English is a second language. Specifically, it authorizes instruction for 1) English Language Development (ELD) in preschool, K-12 and adults (restrictions apply to holders of Children Center Permits, Child Development Permits, and Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials) and 2) Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) (in the subjects and grade levels authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit).

Q. What is BCLAD?

A.  Bilingual, Crosscultural, Language and Academic Development (BCLAD), is an authorization to provide specialized instruction to individuals for whom English is a second language. Specifically, it authorizes instruction for 1) English Language Development (ELD) in preschool, K-12, and adults (restrictions apply to holders of Children Center Permits, Child Development Permits, and Designated Subjects Teaching Credentials), 2) Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) (in the subjects and grade levels authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit), and 3) instruction for primary language development and content instruction delivered in the primary language (in the subjects and grade levels authorized by the prerequisite credential or permit).

Q. Why should I obtain a CLAD/BCLAD?

A.  The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC), in conjunction with the California Department of Education (CDE), has established statewide guidelines for the purpose of determining who is authorized to teach English Language Learner (EL) students. As part of the compliance review process, school districts are required to monitor the proper assignments of teachers to classes for EL students.

Q. How do I obtain CLAD/BCLAD Certification?

A.

  1. CLAD/BCLAD authorization can be listed on a Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as an emphasis if a college program was completed.
  2. a. CLAD certification may be obtained by passing the CTEL tests 1, 2, and 3.
    b. BCLAD certification may be obtained by passing CSET: LOTE II or III*, IV, and V in addition to passing the CTEL tests 1, 2, .

* Refer to CSET website for the languages that correspond to either subtest II or III.

Q. What is the procedure for taking the exams without taking classes or training?
A.  You may contact the test providers directly to request an application or apply online at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com

Q. Where can I get information about the exams, and a copy of the study guides?
A. Information on the exams, booklet, and study guides can be downloaded through the test provider’s website at www.ctcexams.nesinc.com.

Q. Where can I go to take classes to prepare for the CTEL/CSET: LOTE exams?
A.  Training courses are offered through Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). To obtain additional information, visit the Master Plan Verification webpage at http://www.teachinla.com/mpvu/index.html or call LACOE at (562) 922-6111.

Online courses are available through Knowledge Delivery Systems (KDS) and ELL Teacher Pros.  To obtain additional information, visit the KDS website at www.kdsi.org/lausd-ctel or call KDS at (800) 728-0032 or http://www.ellteacherpros.com/home/classes/ or (707) 322-9736.

Q. Does LAUSD subsidize the cost of the CTEL/CSET: LOTE Examination?
A. Preparation Classes for CLAD/BCLAD examinations will qualify the participant to receive District subsidy for the exam(s) upon verification of successful completion of training courses that are offered through LACOE, KDS and ELL Teacher Pros.


Q.What do I do upon passage of CTEL/CSET: LOTE Exams?
A. When you have met the CTEL/CSET: LOTE Examination requirements and all other requirements for a CLAD and/or a BCLAD Certificate, you may apply for the certificate either directly to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing, or to the Commission through Human Resources, Certificated Employment Operations, 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. For additional information, contact your Local District Credential Analyst at (213) 241-5300.

Q. Where can I apply for the CLAD / BCLAD Certificate?

A.  Employees are advised to apply for the CLAD / BCLAD Certificate through Human Resources, Certificated Employment Operations, 333 S. Beaudry Avenue, 15th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017. For additional information, contact your Local District Credential Analyst at (213) 241-5300.

Q.  What do I need to submit when applying for a CLAD / BCLAD Certificate?

A. You will need all three of the following:

  • A copy of a valid California Teacher Credential (NOTE: The following permits WILL NOT meet this requirement: emergency permits, district / university / individualized internship certificate, pre-intern certificate, special education waiver, sojourn, or exchange credential), unless your credential is already on file.
  • The original Score Verification Letter(s) from National Evaluation System (NES) certifying that all required exam parts have been passed. California Commission on Teacher Credentialing will accept passing scores on BCC exam components or the entire LDS exam toward CLAD / BCLAD Certificates, subject to certain time limits).
  • The application fee (currently a U.S. Postal Money Order for $70.00 made out to the "CTC" (California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) in order to process and register the CLAD / BCLAD Certificate).

VOUCHER FAQ's

Q. What is a Voucher?
A. A voucher is a payment to the National Evaluation System (NES) from the Los Angeles Unified School District verifying sponsorship for an employee to take the CTEL/ CSET: LOTE test(s) at the District’s expense.

Q. How do I get a voucher from the District to pay for the CTEL/CSET: LOTE exams?
A. Once you have completed an approved training, you will need to submit a Voucher Request Form to Master Plan Verification. You can find the CTEL and CSET: LOTE Voucher Request Forms at www.teachinla.com/mpvu/voucher.html.

Q. Can I cancel the exam and still use the voucher that I have?
A. No. The original voucher issued can only be used for the test date printed on the voucher. If the original voucher was not used, upon request, an updated voucher may be reissued for the new test date.

Q. Is there a deadline to apply for a voucher?
A. Yes. There is a three (3) year deadline to apply for a voucher upon completion of a CTEL/CSET LOTE preparation class.

Q. Do I still need to pay for the processing fee if I have a voucher?
A. The processing fee is waived for applicants using a District issued voucher. Please note: the voucher will not cover any late fee(s).

FLUENCY FAQ'S

Q. What is the District Fluency exam?

A.  The District Fluency exam is a District language assessment of fluency and literacy in a language other than English.


Q. Where can I taker the District Fluency exam?
A.
District Fluency exams can be taken through the Translation Unit. Please contact Christine Enriquez at (213) 241-1293 for additional information.

Q. Can I get a voucher for CSET: LOTE Subtest II or III* if I have “A” or “B” level fluency for that specific language?
A. Yes. If you have “A” or “B” level fluency based on the District Fluency Test, you are eligible to receive a District voucher for CSET: LOTE Subtest II or III* in that specific language without the need to participate in any of the District sponsored classes.

GENERAL FAQ's

Q. What is SB395?

A.  The Certificate of Completion of Staff Development (Senate Bill 395) authorizes the holder to teach English Language Development (ELD) and Specially Designated Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE) to English Learner (EL) Students, both within the subject matter content of the holder's basic credential.  For additional information click here.

Q. Where can I enroll for the class of SB395?
A. There are a limited number of SB 395 classes being provided by the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE). You may contact the Master Plan Teacher Training Program (MPTTP) at (323) 932-2277 or click here for additional information.

DIFFERENTIAL FAQ's

Q. Do I become eligible to receive a bilingual differential if I have an “A” level fluency?
A.
A-level teachers may be potentially eligible for a differential provided they are in a Master Plan Program and serving a percentage of LEP students. “A” level fluency teachers will become ineligible to receive a bilingual Differential unless they have passed the Culture and Methodology portions of the CSET: LOTE exam within the 2-year grace period (4 semesters) of their first differential.

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