At a Glance

Program units


Average completion time

4–8 months

Cost per unit


Base cost





*Base Cost (cost per unit x program units) is provided to aid in program comparison only.

All stated financial information is subject to change. For a detailed cost estimate or more information, contact APU's Graduate Student Financial Services.

CLAD Certificate

The California Commission for Teacher Credentialing requires that all teachers in California schools be prepared to teach English Language Learners. Candidates who begin a 2042 Credential Program will be certified with English Language Learner authorization by the end of the credential program (multiple subject credential, single subject, mild/moderate, and moderate/severe).

Candidates for the CLAD Certificate enjoy the flexibility of taking their courses entirely online.

NOTE: The CLAD Certificate, which prepares credentialed teachers to work with second-language learners, continues to be useful for Ryan Credential candidates (admitted prior to July 1, 2002), special education teachers, and out-of-state credentialed teachers. This certificate provides teachers with greater depth of knowledge, strategies, and capabilities in serving English Language Learners. All 2042 Multiple Subject and Single Subject Teaching Credential teacher candidates will receive authorization to teach English-language learners as part of their Preliminary Credentials and will not need to earn the CLAD Certificate.

Candidates should check with their credential or master’s program department to verify the embedding of CTEL coursework in their chosen program.

Learn more about the program and our faculty.

Program Highlights

  • Gain a better understanding of language and academic development, and the sensitivity and skills needed to facilitate learning in a multicultural classroom.
  • Benefit from expert faculty instruction in a dynamic online learning environment.
  • Study at a top-ranked, accredited university known for quality in academics and successful graduates.

This online degree is offered by APU’s School of Education. View additional graduate education programs.

Note: This information is current for the 2014–15 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.