LMU's CTEL program is a 12-unit curriculum designed to meet the professional needs of teachers who already hold a valid teaching credential but must fulfill California's Cross-cultural Language and Academic Development (CLAD) requirements. The program consists of 12 semester units of upper division, graduate-level coursework. With the consent of the Program Director, some of the coursework can be applied to an LMU MA program. The CTEL program operates on a hybrid model, with 2 of the courses taught face-to-face here at LMU, and the other 2 taught online.
The program is grounded by LMU's conceptual framework, and focuses on the integration of current theories with research-based best practices in English learner education. LMU's CTEL faculty have extensive experience in the areas of teacher preparation and English learner instruction, and are widely published in the areas of language, culture, and second language acquisition.