Master's Degree, Endorsement, & Certificate Options for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education

Also Known as CLD, ESL, or Multilingual Education

These online Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education programs are designed to prepare specialist and general K-12 classroom teachers to meet the educational needs of emergent bilingual learners throughout Colorado, the United States and the world. The Course of Study section below provides details about the certificate, endorsement and master's degree options for this program topic.

Graduates of these programs demonstrate strong knowledge of the field of CLD education, skills in planning and implementing instruction and assessment, and the ability to collaborate and advocate for the academic success of CLD learners.

Increase your Value in Today's Diverse Educational Environment

As the population of multilingual learners in the country and internationally continues to grow, schools increasingly seek teachers licensed to work with CLD students. The majority of our graduates have promotions or new jobs in place upon completion of their program due to the high demand for teachers with these credentials.

Though school programs serving multilingual learners go by many names (CLD, ESL, EFL, bilingual, dual language immersion, etc.), our graduate programs prepare you to serve all culturally and linguistically diverse students. Schools are looking for CLD-trained teachers who know how to integrate language and content area instruction to promote academic, social, and personal growth among their students. These skills apply to teaching multilingual students in this country as well as abroad. You will be in high demand!

Teacher assisting CLD students while they work on an assignment

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Delivered Fully Online

The online delivery and varied program options are designed for working teachers, so that you can fit your educational journey into your lifestyle with a right-fit program that helps you reach your career goals.


Choose the best program option for your career goals:

  • CLD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Education Core Graduate Certificate – 12 credits in CLD education for skill and knowledge development, or licensure renewal requirements. For those with previous coursework in this topic, the certificate may help you reach the coursework requirement for CLD Education endorsement. Official certificate program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (K-12) – those who complete the 24-credit endorsement program are eligible to apply for the Colorado CLD Education endorsement (and related endorsement in many other states). Official endorsement program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
  • Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Concentration – this 30-credit degree includes all of the endorsement coursework plus two additional courses. If you do not already have your CLD endorsement, you will be able to indicate in your application that you want to add the endorsement as part of this program. Official master's degree program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.

For an example of upcoming courses, visit the Current Students page for this program.

UNC Elementary Education B.A. - Elementary Education Endorsement (K-6) students: please note that an accelerated (4+1) version of the master's degree program is available, which allows you to transition into this online program while you are still completing your bachelor's degree.

Certificate/Endorsement Course Waivers for UNC Alumni

For UNC graduates who received a grade of C+ or above in EDEL 250, TESL 350 and EDEL 455, the following courses will be waived towards the CLD endorsement or for one course of the certificate: ECLD 523, ECLD 592 and ECLD 602.

Per UNC policy, undergraduate courses cannot be counted toward completion of a master's degree, so this coursework will not be waived if you choose to pursue the degree.

Are you Bilingual / Multilingual?

Eligible CLD Endorsement/MA students who are bilingual in certain languages can also earn the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Bilingual Education Specialist (Endorsement) via one additional course (ECLD 541). The Program Coordinator can advise whether you can/should add the additional endorsement.

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