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Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners Certificate

Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners Certificate

Literacy and Language Development for English Language Learners Certificate

This graduate certificate program is for teachers of Diverse Learners, and was developed in response to public school districts’ need to improve reading and writing achievement for students whose first language is other than English. The program is designed for teachers of elementary and secondary grades and those teaching special reading classes.

Certificate Structure

The fully online certificate consists of four graduate courses, each 3 credits, totaling 12 credit hours. The certificate may be completed in four semesters. Students can begin in any term.  The certificate is available for district partnership and has the option for some customization to meet the needs of an individual district (e.g., fully online or hybrid, etc.).

Certificate Format

This four course certificate is currently offered entirely online and has the option for hybrid delivery within a district partnership.


Tuition for the fully online certificate currently $373 per graduate credit hour, with $130 in online fees.  Each course costs $1249.

There is a LLCRT Certificate Scholarship available to interested students.  Click here for more information.  

Related Degree Programs

MA Curriculum and Instruction

Credits may be applied toward this degree with an emphasis in either Reading and Writing or LDE as well as the Colorado Department of Education reading Teacher Endorsement offered through CU Denver's Literacy Program. Additional courses and applications are required for these programs.

Ready to Enroll?

Contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Education: or 720.639.9229

LCRT 5810: Oral & Written Language & Literacy
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine language development and use by learners with English as their first language, learners of English as an additional language, bi-dialectal speakers, and bilingual speakers. 
LCRT 5770: Effective Literacy for Diverse Learners
This course allows students to explore, apply, and evaluate various research-based instructional models and learning strategies for teaching literacy to English language learners.  Students will develop a professional practice of providing instruction to support oral language development, academic reading acquisition, and academic writing acquisition for both native speakers and English language learners.  
LCRT 5055: Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction
This course provides participants with a study in current assessment topics, the analysis of assessment tools, and the use of assessment data as a guide for making instructional decisions.  Participants will critically examine current assessment topics; explore a variety of assessments of language proficiency, literacy and content concepts; use data to make decisions about how to best differentiate instruction and document student progress over time.  
LCRT 5150 Culturally Relevant and Responsive Pedagogies
In this course, students will develop an understanding of how one's cultural identity affects their teaching behaviors and instructional methods.  Using data from their school contexts, participants will examine contextual factors that account for differences in regard to language, literacy, and culture, and then will develop a plan for productive change.  

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