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.
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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.
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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