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Languages Other Than English (LOTE)

The LOTE teaching credential enables you to teach elementary, middle school, and high school world language classes in California public schools. The credential has two major parts - subject matter (the language other than English of your choice) and pedagogy (teacher preparation courses). In order to demonstrate subject matter competency you must either complete a Commission-approved program or pass the appropriate CSET examinations.

At CSULB, there are five Commission-approved subject-matter programs in Languages Other Than English: French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. Nevertheless, candidates who wish to become credentialed in a language other than these five subjects may also demonstrate subject matter competence by passing the CSET Exams in Arabic, Japanese,   Korean, ASL and Mandarin and qualify for the credential program.

The professional preparation program will help you learn how to teach in a pluralistic society. In these courses you will learn about teaching methodology, curriculum design, assessment and evaluation of student progress, and classroom management. You will also learn about today's schools and how you can most effectively impact the diversity of students you will find there.  

Besides completing the subject matter requirements and the professional preparation program, all credential candidates must complete a Bachelor's Degree, pass the California Basic Skills Test (CBEST), and meet the US Constitution requirement.

Prior to enrolling, all candidates should visit the LOTE Credential Coordinator and Subject Matter Advisor at the earliest possible date to create a program plan.

For more information about the Single Subject Credential Program (overview, courses, credential requirements), please visit our SS website: SSCP

All California teachers must pass the CBEST. This is a basic skills exam consisting of Reading, Writing and Math. We encourage you to take and pass this before enrolling in our program. An added advantage to passing it prior to enrollment is that with the CBEST and a BA, you will qualify for substitute teaching in almost any district in Southern California.

Click here for information and testing dates for the CBEST:  CBEST

If you have earned a BA in Spanish, French, Italian, German or Latin at CSULB you will meet Calfifornia Subject Matter Competency via a CSET Waiver.  If you do not have one of these BA degrees it is likely that you will need to take the CSET exam in your language. Read more about these tests here: CSET

Please contact me to set up an appointment.


Tuesday & Wednesday 12:00-3:00

Cynthia Leathers

Single Subject Credential Advisor/Coordinator

LOTE - Languages Other Than English
For information about jobs, workshops and news about world languages, visit the LOTE Facebook page:  FACEBOOK



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last updated — Apr 12, 2017