Credential Office

CLAD Certificate Credential Program

The CLAD Certificate/EL Authorization authorizes the holder to provide the following types of instruction:

  • Instruction for English Language Development (ELD)
  • Specially Designed Academic Instruction Delivered in English (SDAIE)
 For detailed information please refer to the CTC website

Admission Requirement

You may be required to submit two online applications.  For the Credential Program application we encourage you to start early and be prepared to scan and upload documents

1. University Application 

Complete the California State University application at Cal State Apply.  There is a $70.00 application fee. This application is not required if currently enrolled as a CSUN graduate student.
2. Credential Program Application
All candidates must submit a separate online credential program application along with a nonrefundable $50.00 application fee (an additional $1.38 service fee will be accessed at checkout).
3. Transcripts 
Official transcripts from each institution you have attended (including community colleges) must be submitted with your university application. If you are a CSUN graduate, the only transcripts you are required to submit are for any other post baccalaureate coursework that you have completed at another institution. 

Electronic transcripts:

  • In your previous school’s transcript ordering system, choose "CSU Northridge" as the recipient. If this option is not available, use as the recipient email address.
  • If submitting California community college transcripts, please review eTranscript California and use this convenient system.
  • If you are a CSUN graduate, the only transcripts you are required to submit are for any other post baccalaureate coursework that you have completed at another institution.
  • Both Graduate Admissions and the Credentials Office will have access to your electronic transcripts, so no duplicates are needed.
  • Please do not send identical, duplicate electronic and paper transcripts!

Paper transcripts:

  • If your previous school(s) do not supply electronic transcripts, have official paper copies of your transcripts sent in unopened envelopes to:
California State University, Northridge
Office of the Registrar
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8207 
4. Valid Credential - Provide a copy of an appropriate valid California teaching or services credential. 

 Program Requirements


ENGL 301 Language and Linguistics (3)
AAS/ELPS/ARMN/CHS/AFRS 417 Equity and Diversity in Schools (3)
CHS 433 or LING 427 Language Acquisition of the Chicana/o and other ESL Speakers (3)  or Languages in Contact (3)
SED 529 Teaching English Learners in Multiethnic Secondary Schools (3)
Courses may be taken in any order.  Only CSUN courses listed in this brochure are acceptable; other CSUN courses will not be considered for substitution.  All coursework must meet the catalog requirement of not being older than seven years at the completion of the program.

A maximum of 3 units taken at a prior University may be considered for substitution. A course substitution form is available here. SED 529 may not be substituted.

Additional Requirements

Contact Information and Advisement

For questions regarding the program application process, please contact the Credential Office at (818) 677-2733 or

For program advisement, please contact Dr. Marlene Batista at 818.522.3332 or

Program Completion Process

Information regarding how to apply for the CLAD Certificate document can be found on our website

IMPORTANT! Before beginning the online application, make sure you are not logged into the CSUN portal.  All required documents must be uploaded with your online application do not mail or fax any documents.  The only item that should be mailed are transcripts, if applicable.

Application & Submission Guide

Please read our application guide fully, then check the box below to proceed to submit your application.

This guide will also assist you during the application submission process. If you experience issues while completing your application, refer back to the guide prior to contacting the Credential Office.