215.  Subject: SDAIE.
I am a California Public School Special Education High School Teacher with EL students. How soon do I have to get the SDAIE? Can this ever be waved in lieu of years taught or other circumstances?

The acronym SDAIE stands for "Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English" and, basically, that is what content area teachers of English Language Learners (ELL's) provide for their "EL" students. As a high school teacher who teaches English Language Learners or EL students, you are providing SDAIE --Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English. BUT . . . to provide SDAIE you must have one of the following two California certifications: (1) C.L.A.D. -- Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification, or (2) B-C.L.A.D. -- Bilingual Cross Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certification.

If you DO NOT have one of these certifications, you may NOT provide instruction to English Language Learners in content areas. Your district may be "out of Legal Compliance" for allowing you to teach content areas to EL students WITHOUT the proper certification.

Thus, my suggestion to you is to inquire ASAP which way may be best for you to obtain such certification. One way is through examination. The other way is through University course work. Please, urgently consult someone in your district in terms of HOW and HOW SOON you MUST get either the C.L.A.D. or the B-C.L.A.D. OR YOUR DISTRICT may run into trouble and you will have to be reassigned to another class without EL students.

Hope this reply helps you make the right decision.



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