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Literacy and Language Development for English Language Learners Certificate

Literacy and Language Development for English Language Learners Certificate

Literacy and Language Development for English Language Learners Certificate

This graduate certificate program is for teachers of English Language 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 certificate consists of three to four graduate courses, each 3 credits, totaling 9-12 credit hours. The certificate may be completed in one year. Students should begin the certificate with either LCRT 5810 or LCRT 5770 and end the certificate with LCRT 5055 or LCRT 5140.

Certificate Format

This certificate is currently offered through district partnerships. If you are interested in this certificate, please e-mail us.


Tuition determined by the partnership.

Related Degree Programs

MA Curriculum and Instruction

Credits may be applied toward this degree with an emphasis in either LDE or Reading and Writing as well as the CU Reading Teacher Endorsement. Additional courses and applications are required for these programs.

LCRT 5810: Oral & Written Langauge & Litearcy
Focuses on oral/written language and literacy in educational and home settings. Addresses learners with native English, English as additional language, bi-dialectal, and multilingual. Students analyze language and literacy samples using language structures and discourse patterns to develop instructional techniques.
LCRT 5770: Effective Literacy for Diverse Learners
Focuses on exploring, applying, and evaluating research-based instructional models and learning strategies for teaching literacy to diverse learners. Students develop a professional practice of providing instruction to support oral language, academic reading, and academic writing for native speakers of English, multilingual and bidialectal learners of English.
LCRT 5055: Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction
Focuses on reading, writing, and language assessments and their use to plan and deliver informed classroom and intervention instruction. Principles of literacy assessment, state and federal law, instructional strategies and interventions are learned through creation of student literacy profiles. Needs of both L1 and L2 learners as well as other diverse learners are considered.


LCRT 5140 Multicultural Education
This course develops an understanding of the pluralistic nature of U.S. society and the role of the school within this social context. Examines the legal and cultural history of language education in Colorado and the U.S. as well as the impact of changing demographics on schools. Participants study themselves and their students as cultural beings and develop an understanding of how their own cultural identity affects their teaching. This course fulfills the culture requirement for SEHD “core courses”. It also fulfills the culture requirement for the Colorado LDE Endorsement and the LDE Master’s Concentration. It may also serve as an elective in the LDE Master’s concentration. Note: LALC 5140, 5150, 5160. Each of these three courses satisfies the requirements for the Colorado Endorsement in Linguistically Diverse Education and the LDE Master’s concentration. The content of the courses are related, but the focus of each course is sufficiently different that students in the Master’s program may use a second or third course in the sequence as an elective. 

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