235.  Re: ESL certification.  I am a speech-language pathologist and am interested in learning about the requirements for ESL certification. What is involved and who offers it? Thank you.

Teaching certification is a STATE requirement, thus, there are 50 DIFFERENT ways to have an ESL certificate.

In California, there is NO ESL Certificate. Teachers may have a BASIC teaching credential, such as the CLAD --Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development or B-CLAD -- Bilingual-Cross-Cultural, Language and Academic Development Certificates. Within these California State requirements, you develop the necessary skills and knowledge to enable you to teach ESL. Thus, the CLAD and B-CLAD certificates include ESL as part of the teacher preparation courses you need to take to become a teacher. 

You may wish to earn an ESL Certificate which may be offered by a college or several campuses or Extension Programs of the University in California if you plan on teaching within "adult" education programs.

In many other states, you have a basic teaching credential or certificate to which YOU ADD additional areas of expertise, such as an ESL Endorsement within your basic teaching credential or certificate.

Because EACH STATE is DIFFERENT, you need to decide FIRST which state you are interested in, and THEN find out what are the specific requirements for the state of your choice.

Hope this information helps!!!!


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