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Teaching for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (TCLD) Certificate

Teaching for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (TCLD) Certificate

Teaching for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity (TCLD) Certificate

The TCLD Certificate is a graduate certificate providing a foundation in teaching content to multilingual students. The program is designed for content-area teachers (math, science, social studies, etc.) who have multilingual learners in their classes. This certificate is also valuable to content-area coaches or administrators with a commitment to diversity and social justice, and who provide support for teachers with multilingual learners in K-12 classrooms.

Certificate Structure

The certificate totals 9 credit hours and consist of courses CLDE 5030, LCRT 5770, and CLDE 5160. Additional courses and applications are required for the Endorsements.

Certificate Format

Hybrid  (online and face-to-face)


Tuition for each course is $260/credit, plus student fees of $10/credit, plus a $50 hybrid course fee, for a total of $860; $2,580 per certificate.

Related Degree Programs

MA Curriculum and Instruction 

Each course may be applied directly toward a MA degree with an emphasis in Linguistically Diverse Education (LDE) or Literacy while also fulfilling the requirements toward a Colorado LDE Endorsement or the Colorado Reading Teaching Endorsement 

Courses Term Offered
CLDE 5030: Language and Literacy Acquisition
This course is designed to help teachers understand the relationship between language and literacy acquisition. The focus is on both first and second language acquisition and the interaction of two languages and its impact on the acquisition of literacy in young children. The course lays the foundation for an understanding of the nature of the relationship between cognition and language; language acquisition from the perspective of the individuals within their respective linguistic communities and how literacy is acquired within increasingly broader sociolinguistic contexts. Students explore areas of literacy (reading and writing) and responsive teaching, particularly in diverse school settings with the understanding that diversity of culture, language, gender orientation, abilities and economics is the growing norm in our schools. Topics of interest to the lab are literacy development, language acquisition, assessment, culturally responsive teaching practices, professional development and school reform.
CLDE 5160: historical, Legal and Cultural Foundations for the Education of Immigrant and Languge Minority Students
This course includes an overview of U.S. and Colorado history and legislation related to bilingual education and second language education, as well as current and historical immigration issues as they impact students, families, communities, schools, and educators.
LCRT 5770: Effective Literacy Instruction for Second Language Learners      Students explore and critique various methods and strategies for teaching reading and writing to non-native English speakers. Students acquire a foundation in written language acquisition for both first and second language learners. Summer

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