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MA, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Secondary English Education


The MA in Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Secondary English Education will change to Literacy Education - English 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 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 Responsive Literacy Education 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.

This 30-hour program leads to a master's in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in English Education. It includes course work in theory and methods of English education, student writing, adolescent literature and leadership. While deepening your expertise in English education, you will have the opportunity to personalize your learning with a choice of courses. You'll work with your faculty advisor to choose 15 credit hours from approved courses organized around relevant educational themes. Your personalized courses may also include courses offered by the English Department in CU Denver's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. You and your faculty advisor will customize your learning 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. All courses are hybird (part-online, part face-to-face.) It is possible to take a number of courses fully online, if you wish. 

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' engagement in learning and quality of life.

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We welcome applications from 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 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. Half or more of the sessions are face-to-face and the remainder are online. A number of classes are available fully online. 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.

For more information on program requirements, please contact 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.​

Classroom teachers with enhanced credentials and skills
Lead teachers
Instructional coaches
Program coordinators
Department chairs
Curriculum specialists

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