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Teaching Diverse Learners MA (With Dual Endorsement in Special Education and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education) – Courses & Requirements

Course of Study (33 Credit Hours)

You can complete this 33-credit Master of Arts degree in five semesters. The course of study blends the following courses to fit the Colorado requirement of 24 credits for each of the following endorsements: Special Education Generalist and Culturally Linguistically Diverse.

  • Nine credits in discipline-blended courses
  • 18 credits total in courses dedicated to each separate discipline
  • Six credits in a discipline-blended field experience course

To see a typical list of courses per term, visit an example Current Program Students page.

Year 1 – Summer

ECLD 596 Effective Instruction in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (3)

EDSE 597 Effective Instruction in Special Education (3)

Year 1 – Fall

EDS 581 Basic Principles of CLD & SPED Education (3)

EDSE 619 Secondary Services (3)

Year 1 – Spring

EDS 582 Assessment: Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students (3)

ECLD 594 Foundations of Language and Linguistics for ESL/Bilingual Educators (3)

Year 2 – Summer

ECLD 592 Second Language Acquisition Theory (3)

EDSE 614 Behavioral Interventions (3)

Year 2 – Fall

EDS 602 Graduate Research with Diverse Learners (3)

EDS 603 Field Based Experience CLD/SPED (6) – Combines seminar activities with 40 hours each spent with SPED and CLD needs students (80 hours total). These field experiences occur together in one semester, near the end of the program.

Comprehensive Exam

A final, comprehensive examination consisting of one question from SPED, one question from CLD, and one question that blends the two fields will serve as the final product of the program. The examination will be provided online, and students will have one week to complete their work.


For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

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Credits Required:
Time to Completion:
5 terms (20 months)
$520/credit hour

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Contact the Program & Enrollment Manager:

Jon Shaw


Program Coordinators:

Dr. Lewis Jackson

Dr. Madeline Milian

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