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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

MA, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Elementary Reading and Writing

Are you a licensed teacher seeking to enhance your literacy instruction skills and credentials? Perhaps you wish to get involved in literacy coaching or reading recovery? Welcome to the Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching program at CU Denver.

We offer preparation for licensed educators desiring to add the Elementary Reading Teacher endorsement with the Colorado Department of Education. We provide advanced knowledge and training to work with diverse student populations 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. We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. For example, the clinical experience required for the degree can be completed in your own school classroom.

Our faculty are top-notch. They help you 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.

For more information, select from the above tabs and/or contact the Student Services Center at or 303-315-6300.


We welcome applications from licensed elementary and early childhood education teachers who have bachelor's degrees and access to working with students on literacy issues. Detailed application requirements and materials are available.

If you have questions about admission requirements, contact the Student Services Center at or 303-315-6300.


Classes are scheduled to fit around your professional hours. During fall and spring semesters, most are conveniently offered in the late afternoon or evening. These classes usually meet three hours once a week over a 16-week semester. Some other fall and spring courses may be offered on weekends or online. During the summer, courses are generally offered on an intensive basis at a variety of times.

We recommend that working teachers take no more than one course per semester during the school year, and up to two courses in the summer. In general, you should not take more than two courses in any given semester in order to leave time to absorb, consider, apply, and reflect upon the materials.

Master's degree requirements include the necessary course work for the Elementary Reading Teacher endorsement with CDE. If you already have a master's in education and now wish to earn the endorsement only, please select the Reading Teacher endorsement link on this page.

For more information on program requirements, please contact the Student Services Center at or 303-315-6300.

Please confer with your academic advisor before registering for your initial courses in the program.


This program has continuing education​ master's level classes that build on one another and can be considered a pathway toward certificates, endorsements and degrees. Classes are taught by expert faculty and influential members of our community.​

Graduates of this program go on to become:
Classroom teachers with enhanced credentials and skills
Reading teachers and reading specialists
Reading and/or writing interventionists
Literacy and/or instructional coaches
Reading recovery teachers


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