Specialization in Language and Academic Development

The Language and Academic Development specialization prepares educators to addresses the language development needs of a large number of P-12 students with disabilities who have difficulty in the following areas: language development, social communication, school readiness skills, literacy development, and with academic competencies across the curriculum in listening, speaking, reading, writing as well as communication and language literacy skills. Candidates completing this credential specialization are prepared to teach students with disabilities in classrooms and inclusive settings as teachers, co teachers and consultants. Candidates have the option of completing a traditional student teaching or participating in an internship to fulfill the final clinical practice requirement.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze the implications of the characteristics of students with language and academic development needs including academic competencies across the curriculum in listening, speaking, reading, writing and who demonstrate lack of communication and language literacy skills to access and benefit from academic instruction.
  2. Analyze students’ language development across disabilities and the life span including typical and atypical language development, communication skills, social pragmatics as it relates to the acquisition of academic knowledge and skills.
  3. Differentiate between language disorders, disabilities, and language difference in order to identify and utilize current research based strategies, methods, and materials for the development of fluent reading in students across ages and across an array of environments, including speakers of English and English Language learners.
  4. Assess the impact of sensory deficits on the development and application of language, verbal and non-verbal communication abilities and needs in order to identify and implement effective intervention techniques for social communication and activities to engage students with communication disabilities in classroom and social activities.
  5. Utilize and interpret a variety of assessments for students with communication disabilities in order to collaborate with educators and parents to make educational decisions based on the data and apply instructional models and strategies that align with ongoing assessment results.
  6. Select and implement evidence-based curricula and instructional methods that are effective with students with language and communication disabilities including specially designed curricula and methods for language and literacy development, quantitative reasoning, and reading/language arts instruction to enable individuals to access the core curriculum.


To receive a California Preliminary Education Specialist Teaching Credential, candidates are required to successfully complete core courses, specific program (advanced) courses, and a clinical practice path to supervised teaching (student teaching or internship). Candidates choosing the Internship option to obtain the Preliminary Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate, Moderate/Severe, Language and Academic Development (LAD) teaching credential will need to meet the Internship Eligibility requirements. The CTC mandates that all approved internship programs require a minimum of 120 hours of pre-service coursework prior to becoming the teacher of record. 4.5 quarter units are equal to 40 clock hours. These pre-service courses must be successfully completed prior to eligibility for completing the internship option. The CTC mandates that interns must be supported during their entire internship experience.

Specialization Requirements (7-8 courses; 27-31.5 quarter units)
Core requirements (4 courses; 18 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
  • LAD 632 Speech & Language Development
  • LAD 633 Academic Language Assessment
  • LAD 634 Curriculum and Instruction
  • LAD 635 Intensive Lang. Intervention
Clinical Practice Requirements
Internship Option (4 courses; 9 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Additional Requirement
  • LAD 692C Internship Support LAD
Student Teaching Option (4 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Optional: For the Multiple or Single Subject Credential Requirements, please choose one of the following options. (5-6 courses; 22.5-25.5 quarter units)
Core Requisite(s):
Multiple Subject Credential (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Single Subject Credential (3 courses; 13.5 quarter units)
Choose from one of the following options
Student Teaching Option (3 courses, 9 quarter units)
Internship Option (5 courses; 18 quarter units)
Additional Requirements
Optional: Masters in Special Education Masters in Special Education Requirements