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MA, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Reading and Writing, K-12

The MA in Curriculum and Instruction: Reading and Writing, K-12 will change to Literacy Education: Reading and Writing effective fall 2019 for all enrolled students. The new name is more descriptive of the expertise program completers acquire and provides employers with a clearer description of graduates’ learning. This change better serves the interests of our current and future students and ensures their success post-graduation.

Are you a licensed teacher seeking to enhance your literacy instruction skills and career goals? Would you like to become a reading teacher, literacy/instructional coach or literacy interventionist? Welcome to the Responsive Literacy Education program at CU Denver.

We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. Currently, we offer our courses in a hybrid (part online and part face-to-face) format. Our students also have the option of pursuing a fully online option.  

This 30-hour master's degree program, leading to a master's in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading and Writing, offers two options. The first option allows you to develop a 15-hour concentration in reading and writing and then personalize the other half of your program by carefully selecting elective courses with the guidance of your faculty advisor to fit your career goals. This option does not lead to the State of Colorado Reading Teacher endorsement. The second option prepares you to specialize in reading and writing and to add the Reading Teacher endorsement​ with the Colorado Department of Education to your teaching license. 

Both program options provide educators with 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. 

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.

The Responsive Literacy Education program offers up to six scholarships each year. TEACH grants are available for those teaching or willing to move to teaching in schools that qualify. Additional university scholarships and financial aid​ are available. 

If you're considered a non-resident student and are living outside the state of Colorado, there's a financial advantage to taking all of your CU Denver courses online. The discounted online rate​ is 120% of the resident rate. This amount is higher than the standard in-state tuition, but significantly lower than the non-resident tuition amount.​

For more information, select from the above tabs and/or contact or 303-315-6300.​​​


We welcome applications from licensed elementary, secondary 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 or 303-315-6300.


Classes​ are scheduled to fit around your professional hours. We offer our courses in a hybrid (part online and part face-to-face) format or a fully online​. The online course format includes scheduled online contact times with your instructor and classmates. During the summer, courses are offered on an intensive basis in a variety of formats (hybrid, online and weekend.)

We recommend that working teachers take up to two courses per semester during the school year, and up to two courses in the summer. In general, enrolling in up to two courses in any given semester leaves time for you to absorb, consider, apply and reflect upon what you are learning in your master's clases. The degree is designed to be completed in two to three years depending upon how you decide to pace your classes.

Option 2 (described in the overview section) includes the necessary course work for the Reading Teacher endorsement with CDE. You may add the Reading Teacher Endorsement to a bachelor's degree plus two years of experience by the time you complete the endorsement coursework. 

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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