Online Degree and Endorsement for Culturally & Linguistically Diverse (CLD / ESL / Multilingual) Education

This online program offers two options 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 around the world:

  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (K-12) – this is the endorsement-only option.
  • Education Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT): Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Emphasis – this 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 that you want endorsement as part of this program.

Graduates of our program 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.

You can begin this online program any term: Summer, Spring or Fall. Earn your endorsement in approximately 16 months or your master's degree in under two years.


Attend an Online Information Meeting!

The Program & Enrollment Manager will share information about our online programs for licensed teachers and answer any questions you have. Attendees are entered for monthly UNC gift drawings.

1st Tuesday of each month, 6:00 PM Mountain Time
Location: Online – View monthly dates and register

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 (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!

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Designed for Working Teachers

Endorsement-Only Program

The Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (K-12) is 24 credit hours.

Master's Degree with Optional Endorsement

The Education MAT: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Emphasis is 30 credit hours, which includes all of the endorsement coursework plus two additional courses.

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: ECLD 592, ECLD 602 and EDRD 523.

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.

Required Courses

To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.

Courses below marked "**MAT-only" are for MAT students, and are not required for the endorsement-only students. Please note that the current graduate catalog shows endorsement-only students taking ECLD 605 instead of ECLD 612. This will be updated when the new catalog is released (usually in June).

Add a TESOL Graduate Certificate with Four Additional Credit Hours

You can add the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate with just two courses (four total credit hours).

For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:

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