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MA, Curriculum and Instruction Concentration: Secondary Reading and Writing

Are you a licensed teacher seeking to enhance your abilities to teach literacy within your content area? Do you want to teach reading classes or be a literacy/instructional coach or interventionist at the middle or high school level? Do you simply want to enhance your career opportunities? Welcome to the Literacy, Language and Culturally Responsive Teaching 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 Secondary Reading Teacher endorsement. The second option prepares you to specialize in reading and writing and to add the Secondary 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 adolescents 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 will 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.

The Literacy, Language, and Culturally Responsive Teaching 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 secondary education teachers of any content area 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. Currently, 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. Starting in Fall 2016, our students will have the option of pursuing a fully online option. 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 classes. 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 Secondary 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:
Content teachers with enhanced credentials and skills
Reading teachers and reading specialists
Reading and/or writing interventionists
Literacy and/or instructional coaches


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