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: