Teach Bilingual CA
The goal of the grant is to increase the number of teachers adding a Bilingual Authorization (previously called BCLAD) to their teaching credential. Ultimately, this will get more teachers to return to bilingual and multilingual classes once the Bilingual Authorization is achieved.
Why join this grant opportunity
California has a growing population of students whose primary language is not English. The Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) enables teachers to earn a Bilingual Authorization (previously called BCLAD) to help meet the needs of English Learners. This program is tailored to recruit and authorize future bilingual educators. If you currently hold a BCLAD, you will not need to obtain a Bilingual Authorization as it is already recognized to teach bilingual classes.
The grant goal is to increase the number of teachers adding a Bilingual Authorization (previously called BCLAD) to their teaching credential. Ultimately this will get more teachers to return to bilingual and multilingual classes once the Bilingual Authorization is achieved.
The approach of the multi-region, multi-county BTPDP Consortium approach is to assist in meeting the demands of rural, remote, and underserved portions of each county. Kern, Kings, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties are included in the Consortium.
San Luis Obispo County Office of Education is the hub for the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program Grant in partnership with these five counties. Currently all six counties are experiencing shortages of teachers in hard to fill categories, such as teachers possessing a Bilingual Authorization teaching in bilingual classrooms. This shortage impacts all grade levels and subject areas as well as special education.
The grant period has been extended to help teachers earn their bilingual authorizations. Earn your bilingual authorization in spanish through a college program or take the CSET III, IV and V in Spanish. The grant will use the remaining funds to help with financial support towards earning the authorization. Apply now to the grant. Funding will be based on total applicants and funds available. Partial tuition is anticipated but full tuition coverage is not likely, however it does depends on total applications accepted. Applications are now closed.
- CSU Bakersfield is accepting applications now through August 31, 2020.
- Cal Poly is accepting applications now through June 30, 2020 and ongoing through after that date, please check with the school directly for more information.
- CSU Monterey Bay – please check with school directly.
- Or test out with the CSET III, IV and V in Spanish to earn your authorization.
Pathways to Obtain a Bilingual Authorization
Complete coursework through an approved Bilingual Authorization Program (usually consists of three courses).
Grant will pay program tuition and $500 scholarship for the CTC issued Bilingual Authorization.
Passage of the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (CSET): Languages Other than English (LOTE) Test, Section III (Spanish), IV (Bilingual Methodology), and V (Culture)
Grant will pay $500 for CSET Tests III, IV, and V registration fees, prep courses and study materials and $500 scholarship for the CTC issued Bilingual Authorization.
Refer to California Teaching Commission (CTC) for more information on combining tests and courses to obtain Bilingual Authorization.
Grant will pay course tuition and fees pending each individual circumstance and $500 scholarship for the CTC issued Bilingual Authorization.
Cal State Bakersfield Bilingual Authorization Program
*BILA cohort that will run from mid-October, 2020 to May, 2021.
*Admissions cycle will begin on June 1, 2020 and run until our admission deadline of August 31, 2020.
*One single cohort will run from mid-October until mid May. Courses will continue to be taught in a hybrid format.
*Passing the CSET Spanish III is now required for admission. While testing is currently postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been informed that there should be testing slots available this summer.
*You may also find it useful to refer to our program website
Cal Poly ~ Spanish Authorization for Bilingual Educators (SABE) Online Program
*Applications due June 30, 2020 and ongoing after that date but must contact school directly
*Classes are offered online and three courses are required to be completed
*For more information contact Dr. Ronan
*Must apply to TeachBilingualCA Grant and Cal Poly separately
SB 820 Graduation
State Seal of Biliteracy requirements for 2021 graduates have been adjusted due to COVID-19 school closures. Requirement for English proficiency by passing CAASPP ELA at Standard Met or above has been waived (EC 51461(d) for 2021 graduates not administered CAASPP ELA during 19-20. Graduations must demonstrate English proficiency for 2021 SSB by completing all ELA requirements for graduation with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above
CDE Flyer HERE
Tuition assistance is available to add a Bilingual Authorization to existing CA Teaching Credentials. Coursework, tuition or required testing will be covered if accepted to the Bilingual Teacher Professional Development Program (BTPDP) Grant. See all the pathways to obtain a bilingual authorization under the Grant Info tab. Listed below are some 8-week intensive or online program options.
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