Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Program
Welcome! The University of Colorado Denver’s Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) Program supports teachers with critical knowledge, understandings and skills to help their culturally and linguistically diverse learners learn English while their own cultures and linguistic backgrounds are respected and allowed to flourish.
Those who can benefit from this program include early childhood educators, elementary classroom teachers, secondary teachers across content areas, special education specialists, literacy coordinators, ESL and bilingual teachers and teachers of adult ESL learners who may be in community ESL, adult basic education or other post-secondary and higher education settings in the United States or abroad. Courses, labs and practica help our students learn to identify and effectively use research-based best practices in ESL instruction, articulate an understanding of second language acquisition, design classroom instruction reflecting effective assessment and learning strategies, and demonstrate sensitive, interactive and innovative instruction respecting cultural differences.
This program also has continuing education master’s level classes that build on one another and can be considered a pathway to certificates, endorsements and degrees. The classes are also available to community members as non-degree students. These classes are taught by expert faculty and influential members of the Denver education community who provide information and skills that are readily applicable and culturally responsive.