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Responsive Literacy Education Program

Responsive Literacy Education Program

Welcome! University of Colorado Denver’s Responsive Literacy Education Program offers degree programs, endorsements and certificates at the graduate and professional levels that will prepare you to make a positive difference in the literacy learning of your students. The Responsive Literacy Education Program specializes in literacy education for all students, including English language learners and English education in secondary schools. The program is distinguished by faculty members who are committed to using effective teaching tools, data, experience, technology and personal reflection to enhance student learning. We specialize in educating teachers who work with students from a broad range of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and needs. Our students gain in-depth knowledge including effective literacy teaching methods that build on students’ languages, dialects, cultures and real-world experiences.

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.

The program is nationally recognized by the International Reading Association. Your training will give you the knowledge and skills to promote the standards recommended by the International Reading Association, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and WIDA’s English language proficiency experts.


Richard Argys, Senior Instructor
Lori Elliott, Associate Professor
Sally Nathenson Mejia, Associate Professor
Nancy Shanklin, Associate Professor
Sherry Taylor, Associate Professor
Maria Uribe, Senior Instructor

The Responsive Literacy Education program has multiple scholarships(available here) intended to support individuals who have completed a Responsive Literacy Education Certificate Program (online or in partner district), or who have a particular interest in teaching literacy or English Education. Once admitted into the MA program, individuals will receive a welcome letter with details of how to apply for Responsive Literacy Education scholarships. Lastly, teachers working in low-income schools may be eligible to apply for federal TEACH Grants.


For additional information contact:
Shelley Gomez,, 303-315-6310

CU Denver School of Education &
Human Development

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