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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: Secondary English Education


Are you a licensed secondary English or language arts teacher seeking advanced training and professional development? Would you like to pursue more advanced understandings of writing and literature? Welcome to the Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching program at CU Denver. Our nationally recognized and accredited program will prepare you to work with diverse adolescents as they develop an appreciation for literature and composition.

Course work includes theory and methods of English education, linking assessment and instruction, and practicum experience. We also build in a number of electives, allowing you and your faculty advisor to customize the program to meet your interests and best enhance your skills and repertoire as an English educator. The study of contemporary, ethnic, and classic literature, reading, and writing are woven together, along with speaking, listening, and viewing.

We have designed the program to be convenient for current teachers. For example, field experiences required for the degree can be completed in your own school and classroom. The portfolio you submit in your final semester is an invaluable resource for professional growth.

Our faculty are top-notch. They help you to 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' 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 motivated, licensed English and language arts teachers who have bachelor's degrees and access to a secondary English classroom. 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 on campus in the evenings. These classes usually meet three hours once a week over a 16-week semester or are hybrid involving a mix of on campus and online class sessions. Other fall and spring courses may be offered on weekends or online. During the summer, courses are generally offered on an intensive basis in a variety of formats and 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 what you are learning in your master's classes.

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

For more information on program requirements, 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
Program coordinators
Curriculum specialists

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