Teach Bilingual CA

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.

“Amidst Teacher Shortage New Funds Help Districts Train More Bilingual Teachers” EdSource, Oct 2, 2018

Why join this program

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 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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teacher opportunity

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 new 8-week intensive or online program options.

UCR Bilingual Authorization (BILA) ONLINE PROGRAM

*CSET Test III in Spanish Required for entry
*Can either complete all courses or combine with passing score on either CSET Test IV and V (see program options)
*Course sign up is ongoing throughout the year
*If you need the CSET Test III in Spanish before next testing option, contact ttheis@slocoe.org
*Grant will cover tuition and/or testing at UCR

UCLA 8 Week Summer Intensive for Bilingual Authorization – Spanish

*No CSET Required – Must Pass Interview for Spanish Proficiency
*Mostly online with only 10 days of Face To Face July 16-27, 2018
*Must register by June 22, 2018 (Currently completed, check back in Spring 2019)
* UCLA Summer Hostel Option (paid for by grant) http://summer-hostel.hhs.ucla.edu/
*Grant will cover housing option at UCLA for Face to Face Classes

Cal Poly ~ Spanish Authorization for Bilingual Educators (SABE) Program

*CSET Test III in Spanish Required for entry
*Three courses offered one per quarter on Saturdays with blended schedule starting in Fall of 2018
*Email or call Cal Poly if past the June 1, 2018 application to see if spots are still available (Bilingual Authorization Coordinator, Dr. Briana Ronan,Phone: 805-756-5056, Email: bronan@calpoly.edu )
*If you need the CSET Test III in Spanish before next testing option, contact ttheis@slocoe.org
*Grant will cover tuition and/or testing at Cal Poly

Are you interested in obtaining your bilingual authorization?
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