What You Need to Know About Fulfilling the CTLE Language Acquisition Requirement

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December 5, 2023

In New York State, educators are continually striving to enhance their skills, particularly in the area of language acquisition for English Language Learners (ELLs). The Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements, established by the New York State Education Department, include a specific focus on language acquisition. SOLVED Consulting offers comprehensive professional development courses tailored to meet these requirements, ensuring educators are well-equipped to support ELLs in their classrooms.

Understanding the Language Acquisition Requirement

The CTLE language acquisition requirement varies depending on the educator's certification. For those holding a Professional English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certificate or a Bilingual Education extension, a minimum of 50 percent of their required CTLE hours must be dedicated to language acquisition. This includes a focus on best practices for co-teaching strategies and integrating language and content instruction for ELLs.

CTLE Language Acquisition Requirement for Teachers, Leaders, and Educators

For other educators, including Professional teachers, School Building Leaders, School District Leaders, and Level III Teaching Assistants, the requirement is to complete a minimum of 15 percent of their required CTLE hours in language acquisition. This requirement is crucial as it addresses the specific needs of ELLs and includes strategies for co-teaching and integrating language and content instruction.

How SOLVED Consulting Addresses This Need

SOLVED Consulting's courses are meticulously designed to align with the specific needs of this requirement. Our offerings include:

Innovative Strategies for ELL Instruction: Focusing on effective methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages, incorporating the latest research and best practices in the field.

Integrating Language and Content Instruction: Educators learn how to blend language acquisition with content learning, an essential skill for teaching ELLs across various subjects.

Co-Teaching and Collaboration Techniques: Our courses cover co-teaching strategies that are effective in ELL settings, promoting collaborative and inclusive learning environments.

Cultural Competency and Responsive Teaching: Emphasizing culturally responsive teaching practices that respect and leverage students' cultural identities.

Practical Applications and Classroom Strategies: Focusing on practical applications, providing educators with tangible strategies they can immediately implement in their classrooms.

5 Benefits of Choosing SOLVED Consulting

  1. Expert-Led Training: Courses are led by experienced educators who specialize in ELL education and language acquisition.

  1. Flexibility and Accessibility: Courses are available both synchronously and asynchronously, allowing for flexible learning.

  1. Resource-Rich Learning: Participants gain access to a wealth of resources, including lesson plans, instructional materials, and the latest research in language acquisition.

  1. Community and Collaboration: Engage with a network of fellow educators, sharing experiences and strategies for teaching ELLs.

  1. Certification and Compliance: Upon completion, educators receive CTLE credits that count towards fulfilling the 15-hour CTLE language acquisition requirement, ensuring compliance with New York State regulations.

Getting Started

Take these steps to begin fulfilling your CTLE language acquisition requirement with SOLVED Consulting:

  • Review Course Options: Explore the specific courses designed to meet the 15-hour language acquisition requirement.

  • Apply Your Learning: Implement the strategies and insights gained from the courses in your classroom settings, enhancing the learning experience for your ELL students.

  • Maintain Records: Keep track of your completed courses and hours with documentation provided by SOLVED Consulting. We send CTLE credits straight to your email inbox!

  • Stay Engaged: Continuously explore new offerings from SOLVED to further enhance your skills and strategies in ELL education.


Meeting the 15-hour CTLE language acquisition requirement is more than a regulatory mandate; it's an opportunity to significantly enhance your teaching effectiveness with ELLs. 

SOLVED Consulting is committed to supporting New York State educators in this endeavor, offering courses that are not only compliant but also enriching and transformative. Join us in our mission to elevate the educational experiences of ELL students. 

Visit SOLVED Consulting today and take the first step towards fulfilling this vital professional development requirement.

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