Are you a licensed teacher seeking to enhance your skills and credentials for working with English language learners? Would you like to earn your Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement with the Colorado Department of Education? Welcome to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program at CU Denver.
Course work includes language teaching methodology, language acquisition, linguistic analysis of English, multicultural foundations, assessment, literacy, and other areas. We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. For example, the clinical experience required for the degree can often be completed in your own school classroom.
Our faculty are top-notch. They help you to develop your skills and put you in touch with the latest theories, issues, and innovative teaching strategies. Courses, labs, and practica emphasize scholarly approaches to complex problems of practice and feature interactive, collaborative, and practical approaches to working with English language learners.
We emphasize a socio-cultural approach to issues of language and learning, acknowledging the legitimacy of linguistic and cultural differences, and recognizing that academic settings represent important socializing forces in students' lives. We emphasize the "whole learner" in our teaching and in teacher education, understanding that individuals do not merely add a language to their repertoire of communication but make fundamental identity adjustments as they progress in their studies.
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