CTLE Language Acquisition Requirement Exemption

School districts can seek an exemption for the CTLE language acquisition requirement if they have fewer than 30 English Language Learners (ELLs) enrolled, or ELLs comprise less than 5% of the district's total student population, as of a date established by the Office of Bilingual Education and World Languages. For the exemption, the school district would complete and submit the professional development waiver online form.

Educators who are subject to CTLE are exempt from the CTLE language acquisition requirement for each year they practice in an applicable school with an approved exemption for the CTLE language acquisition requirement. The school district or BOCES, rather than the educator, would obtain the exemption. Educators who are employed by an applicable school with an approved CTLE language acquisition requirement exemption still must complete the CTLE requirement (e.g., 100 clock hours).

The school districts and BOCES that received an exemption from the CTLE language acquisition requirement for each year beginning with the 2016-2017 school year are listed through the following link. This list is updated regularly.

Last Updated: November 19, 2021