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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 online graduate certificate program offers K-12 teachers greater background in the development, assessment and instruction of literacy for diverse learners, including children and youth who speak dialects of English or are English language learners. This certificate was developed in response to public school districts’ need to improve reading and writing achievement for diverse students. Teachers in K-12 grades, including content area teachers and those teaching special reading classes, as well as administrators have also found this program to help them best meet the needs of struggling learners.

Certificate Structure

The fully online certificate totals 12 credit hours and consists of four graduate courses, each 3 credits. The certificate may be completed in four semesters. Students can begin in any term. Courses may also be applied toward the CU Reading Teacher EndorsementAdditional courses and applications are required for both programs.

Certificate Format


Note: This 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.).


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

Scholarship Opportunity: There is a Responsive Literacy Education Certificate Scholarship available to interested students. Click here for more information.  

Related Degree Programs

MA Curriculum and Instruction

All credits may be applied directly to this degree with an emphasis in 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 MA programs.

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Contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Education: or 720.639.9229

LCRT 5810: Oral & Written Language & Literacy (Fall or Spring)
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 (Fall or Spring)
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 (Fall or Spring)
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 (Summer)
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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