Are you a licensed teacher seeking to enhance your abilities to teach literacy within your content area? Do you want to teach reading classes or be a literacy/instructional coach or interventionist at the middle or high school level? Do you simply want to enhance your career opportunities? Welcome to the Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching program at CU Denver.
We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. Currently, we offer our courses in a hybrid (part online and part face-to-face) format. Our students also have the option of pursuing a fully online option.
This 30-hour master's degree program, leading to a master's in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Writing, offers two options. The first option allows you to develop a 15-hour concentration in reading and writing and then personalize the other half of your program by carefully selecting elective courses with the guidance of your faculty advisor to fit your career goals. This option does not lead to the State of Colorado Secondary Reading Teacher endorsement. The second option prepares you to specialize in reading and writing and to add the Secondary Reading Teacher endorsement with the Colorado Department of Education to your teaching license.
Both program options provide educators with advanced knowledge and training to work with diverse adolescents as they develop reading, writing and oral language skills. Course work includes language and literacy acquisition, culturally relevant teaching practices, literature, literacy assessment and informed instruction, hands-on practica, and other areas.
Our faculty are top-notch. They will help you to improve your practice and put you in touch with the latest theories and innovative teaching strategies. We stress the importance of recognizing a variety of literacies - home, school, community, and mainstream - in both first and second languages, and the meaningful use of literacy and language to improve students' engagement in learning and quality of life.
The Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching program offers up to six scholarships each year. TEACH grants are available for those teaching or willing to move to teaching in schools that qualify. Additional university scholarships and financial aid are available.
If you're considered a non-resident student and are living outside the state of Colorado, there's a financial advantage to taking all of your CU Denver courses online. The discounted online rate is 120% of the resident rate. This amount is higher than the standard in-state tuition, but significantly lower than the non-resident tuition amount.
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