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MA, Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education emphasis


The MA in Curriculum & Instruction, Elementary Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education will change to Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education 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 skills and credentials for working to support diverse languages, cultures, and abilities in the classroom? Do you have a commitment to diversity and social justice? Would you like to earn an additional endorsement to your license with the Colorado Department of Education? Welcome to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program at CU Denver.
Course work includes language teaching methodology, language acquisition, linguistic analysis of English, history and policy, assessment, literacy, and other areas. We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. For example, the clinical experience required for the degree can often be completed in your own school classroom.
Taught by leaders in the field, these courses help you to develop your skills and put you in touch with the latest theories, issues, and innovative teaching strategies. Courses, labs, and practica emphasize scholarly approaches to complex problems of practice and feature interactive, collaborative, and practical approaches to working with multilingual students.
We emphasize a socio-cultural approach to issues of language and learning, acknowledging the value of linguistic and cultural differences, and recognizing that academic settings represent important socializing forces in students' lives. We emphasize the "whole learner" in our teaching and in teacher education, understanding that individuals do not merely add a language to their repertoire of communication but make fundamental identity adjustments as they progress in their studies. We train leaders to serve multilingual learners in K-12 classrooms.

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

We welcome applications from motivated licensed elementary and early childhood education teachers who have bachelor's degrees and access to working with English language learners. 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.

You also complete an online portfolio as part of your degree requirements.

Master's degree requirements include the necessary course work for the K-12 Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement with CDE. If you already have a master's degree and now wish to earn the endorsement only, please select the Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement link on this page.

For more information on program requirements, contact Academic Services at or 303-315-6300.


Students for Equity & Justice in Education (SEJE)

Members of this student organization at University of Colorado Denver explore the role of equity and social justice within urban schools. They also participate in community events that relate to the group's mission. 

For more information on the organization's meeting schedule and events, please email or​


Graduates of this program go on to become:
Classroom teachers with enhanced credentials and skills
Program coordinators
Instructional and curriculum specialists​

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