Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

CLD Teacher working with students

Getting your Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Earn your Master of Arts in Education: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education while also obtaining your Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement in Colorado or your Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) endorsement in New Mexico.

Who is this program for?

A culturally and linguistically diverse educator is a certified teacher or educational professional who wants every student, no matter their background, to achieve their academic goals. These educators are experts in educational linguistics and culturally responsive strategies to help students with who are bilingual or speak a second language.

Through our program, you will be able to share the expertise you gain through graduate-level research in educational linguistics, language acquisition, multilingual teaching strategies, assessment, and policy with your peers in your school district, community, and multilingual Learners and their families in diverse educational settings.

Our new cohort begins Fall 2018


Program highlights

You will work with faculty and professionals to:

  • Understand major theories, concepts, and research related to language acquisition and language development for emergent bilinguals.
  • Examine best practices in designing curricula and providing instruction that supports literacy learning and language development in learning content.
  • Boost your knowledge of instructional strategies to select and design materials that support emergent bilinguals in developing English language proficiency.
  • Learn how to include culture, diversity, and equity in designing learning environments that support fair academic access and learning opportunities for emergent bilinguals.
  • Apply classroom and school data to support learning for linguistically marginalized students, especially including content learning and language development for emergent bilinguals.
  • Work closely with emergent bilinguals in school-based field experience settings, applying your studies of language acquisition and instructional methods that enhance language and content learning. 
  • Collaborate with a faculty advisor on a personalized research project that explores educational issues impacting instructional practices and school structures and that has clear implications for policy and practice.

What can you do with this degree?

  • Pursue your CLD Endorsement in Colorado or your TESOL Endorsement in New Mexico
  • Support students and families from all linguistic and cultural backgrounds
  • Help multilingual learners simultaneously learn English while learning content
  • Design culturally responsive instruction
  • Increase overall student achievement with strategies that build academic language
  • Prepare to work in local communities or international settings

Program options

  • Master of Arts in Education: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education; 36 credits
  • Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement Pathway; 24 credits
  • Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages Endorsement Pathway; 24 credits

Next steps

Program dates

  • March 1, 2018
    Application available
  • April 15, 2018
    Priority application and scholarship deadline
  • July 25, 2018
    Final deadline (or until cohort fills)
  • August 27, 2018
    First day of fall semester
  • September 11, 2018
  • November 19-23, 2018
    Thanksgiving break
  • December 7, 2018
    Last day of fall classes
  • December 17, 2018
    Final grades viewable