Introduction to Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education for Practicing Teachers

An Online Professional Renewal Course

This graduate-level course is approved by CDE to address the Colorado licensure renewal rules related to English Learner Educator Standards.

This course provides an introduction to the education of culturally and linguistically diverse (CLD) learners in mainstream classrooms. You will...

  • Gain a basic understanding of theories, concepts, and research related to CLD populations, second language acquisition, literacy development for CLD students, and CLD teaching strategies.
  • Emphasize classroom application of theory and research to support emerging bilingual students’ language and literacy development, as well as academic content learning across the curriculum for school success.
  • Engage in critical reflection on classroom practices related to linguistic and cultural diversity, and be able to apply what you have learned to your own teaching contexts.

Sample Fall/Spring Syllabus

Sample Summer Syllabus

Count This Course Toward a UNC Graduate Program

This course can be counted toward many UNC graduate programs if you choose to pursue one.

Once you are admitted, speak to your advisor to ensure that this course is applied to your program requirements.

This information is for individuals who would like to enroll directly in this online course. If you are interested in having UNC deliver a section of this course for a group of educators at your school, district or educational organization, please visit the ECLD 513 direct delivery page.

  • Eligibility

    For Practicing Teachers

    This course is intended for practicing K-12 classroom teachers of any grade level and subject area.

    Graduate Students

    UNC Degree-Seeking Students

    Current UNC graduate students can register for this course.

    Non-Degree-Seeking Students

    Non-degree-seeking graduate status refers to a student who has earned at least a bachelor's degree and who either:

    • Has applied to UNC Graduate School and not yet been admitted or;
    • Wishes to take this graduate class but not pursue a degree.

    Please note, as a non-degree seeking student, you are not eligible for federal financial aid.

    Note: UNC student immunization policies will apply to your enrollment. See the current UNC vaccination policy and directions. If you enroll for a fully online course, please contact after your enrollment to request that the immunization requirement be removed.

    Eligibility by State

    At this time, UNC can provide distance education to students from every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. UNC cannot provide distance education in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Republic of Palau.

    If this course involves any practica, internships, student teaching, healthcare clinicals or similar activities, please check the State Authorization (SARA) page for additional information on UNC’s ability to offer distance education tied to in-person activities completed across state lines.

  • Register

    Summer term CRN: 40463

    Fall term CRN: 14618

    Follow the instructions in the PDF below to register.

    • You will use the CRN (Course Registration Number) listed above when you register in Ursa.
    • Step 1 of this process can take up to 1-3 days turnaround time, so we recommend you start the process in advance of the "add/register by" deadline posted on this page.

    Directions for course registration and activation

  • Contact Us

    Course Questions?
    Deborah Romero, Ph.D.

    UNC Extended Campus

  • Once You Register

    Dropping and Withdrawing

    If you wish to drop or withdraw from the course, you must do so on or before the deadline dates listed in the Course Basics box.

    • If you are registered for any other courses in the same academic term, you can drop or withdraw within your Ursa account.
    • If this is your only course this term, please contact the Office of the Registrar at or 970-351-4862.

    It is your responsibility to know the drop and withdrawal deadlines and procedures.

    Billing and Payment for Your Course

    Tuition for this course is listed in the Course Basics box on this page. Any course materials costs (textbooks, digital access, etc.) would be a separate or additional expense.

    Billing notification will be sent to your Bearmail (student email) account when your bill is ready. If you have not activated your Bearmail, directions are in the directions for course registration and activation.

    • Please pay your bill by the due date listed on your eBill to avoid service charges.
    • To view or pay your bill, log into Ursa and go to the Financial tab. You will not receive a bill in the mail; UNC has an eBill system.
    • Further instructions for finding and paying your bill are available on the UNC Bursar's website.