California Teacher of English Learners (CTEL) Exam Overview

California Education Code Sections 44253.3 and 44253.4 require the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) to issue authorizations that allow the holder to provide specialized instruction to English Learners (EL). Section 44253.5 requires the CTC to develop and administer examinations on which a teacher can demonstrate competence in the knowledge and skill areas necessary for effective teaching of English Learners (EL). With expert advice from California educators and others, the CTC has developed the California Teacher of English Learners® (CTEL®) Examination for that purpose.


VCOE does not administer the CTEL exam. To register for the exam and to review CTEL test specifications, please go to:

 CTEL website

CTEL Test Preparation Schedule

CTEL test preparation classes are hybrid courses (combination of face-to-face and online classes).

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Spring 2017

CTEL 3 Overview, Culture and Inclusion:  

January 11, 2017

CTEL 1 Overview, Language and Language Development:  

February 8, 2017

CTEL 2 Overview, Assessment and Instruction:  

March 7, 2017

PLEASE NOTE: Classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not reached. Class dates and times are subject to change.

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Register for a tutorial with an instructor (1 to 3 individuals per tutorial). 

Available at the cost of $75 per hour with a 3-hour minimum (initial cost of $225)


Any questions, please contact our office at (805) 437-1320 or email academicadvise@vcoe.org.
Name Title Phone Email
Dr. Cloetta Veney Director I 805-437-1320 cveney@vcoe.org
Jackie Lozano Administrative Assistant 805-437-1320 jlozano@vcoe.org
For credential advisement, contact:

Diana Westbrook Senior Academic Advisor 805-437-1320 academicadvise@vcoe.org
Kathy Friel Academic Advisor 805-437-1320 academicadvise@vcoe.org
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