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What You’ll Learn

The CLAD Certificate program is designed to meet the needs of second language children in California by equipping teachers with the tools to understand the process of language and academic development, and the sensitivity and specific skills necessary to facilitate learning in a multicultural classroom.

Teachers who complete the 12 specific units of CTC-approved courses at APU, covering the 10 standards of knowledge, skills, and abilities, are not required to take the state CTEL examination for the CLAD Certificate. All CTEL courses must be taken at APU to count toward the CLAD Certificate. Those interested in completing their Bilingual Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (BCLAD) Certificate for a specific language should contact the program director for more information.

In the past, candidates had to earn authorization by either completing all coursework, or passing all of the CTEL examination. A new law enables APU to offer candidates authorization when they have successfully completed a combination of coursework and portions of the CTEL examination. The combination of CTEL coursework and passage of CTEL subtests must address all required areas for the CLAD credential.

Designed for the Working Professional

At APU, we understand the challenges of continuing your education while juggling work, family, and other commitments. Our programs are designed to make attending Azusa Pacific simple, so you can reach your educational goals.

Flexible Format

The dynamic online format of the program offers students the flexibility of taking courses when and where it works best for them. Students benefit from courses designed to maximize their interaction with other students and professors, creating a rich learning community. For many, the online format is the easiest, most convenient way to balance work, school, and family.

Convenient Schedule

The CLAD Certificate program offers students a course sequence designed to be completed through nine-week terms. Candidates take courses with the same peers throughout the program.

Time Commitment

While you do not need to be online during a specific timeframe, you should plan to be online 6–10 hours per week per unit to successfully complete assignments and participate in discussions.

All online programs include a two-week online orientation prior to the start of the first class. This offers you a chance to become familiar with the online format as you engage with helpful tutorials.

Online certificate programs follow APU’s Academic Calendar with most courses offered in nine-week terms.

Note: This information is current for the 2013–14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.