American Indian Languages Credential (CA)

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American Indian Languages Credential (CA)

The American Indian Languages Credential authorizes the holder to teach the specific American Indian language listed on the document in departmentalized classrooms in preschool, grades kindergarten through 12, and in classes organized primarily for adults.

Tribes supporting this credential are listed:
Inter-Tribal Council of California, Inc.
Karuk Tribe
Lytton Band of Pomo Indians
Morongo Band of Mission Indians
Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians
Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians
Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians
Winnemem Wintu Tribe

Credential Valid for 2 years
The American Indian Languages Credential does not authorize instruction in any other subject or setting unless the individual holds an additional, valid teaching credential or permit that authorizes the assignment.
Employment: Not Required

State Information
State: California
Contact Phone: 916-322-4971
Contact Email: [email protected]
For more information please visit the state website:

Minimum Academic Background
In most states, teachers must have a minimum academic background for certification.
The following is required for this route:

Prior Certification: Must NOT have Current (STATE) Certification

As of 2016, No Basic Skills Exams Required

Content Language and English Language Proficiency
In most states, teachers are required to submit evidence of content language proficiency and English language proficiency through coursework, exams, or degree evaluations.
The following is required for this route:

Content Language Proficiency:
District Administered Exam.

Demonstrated fluency in the tribe’s language based on an oral and written assessment developed and administered by the federally recognized Indian tribe located in California.

This must be verified on form CL-894.

Applying to the State
In most states, teachers must apply to the state Individually or through their local School District, or Teacher Program Institution. Requirements for the application are outlined below:

Application Submission: Individual
Form at:
Form Mailing Address:
Commission on Teacher Credentialing Certification Division
1900 Capitol Avenue
Sacramento, California 95811-4213

Background Check
Printable Form at:

Renewal: Renewable
The American Indian Languages Credential shall be issued for 2 years then renewed for a 3 year period upon recommendation of the tribal government. Upon completion of 3 years the teacher shall be eligible for a clear teaching credential for the language. Applicants must submit the tribal recommendation and fee.

Form CL-894 Recommendation Form/American Indian Languages Credential needed.

Applicant must submit an application, fee and recommendation for the credential to the Commission
through the federally recognized Indian tribe.
Out-of-state residents must submit two fingerprint cards in lieu of a LiveScan receipt with application. If submitting fingerprint cards, current fingerprint processing fees must accompany the application packet in addition to the application processing fee. Fingerprint cards may be ordered by sending an e-mail to the Commission at [email protected]

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Published On: 08/27/2017 1:00:00 AM

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