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:
- Education Master of Arts in Teaching: Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Emphasis – this degree includes the endorsement preparation.
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (K-12) – this is the endorsement-only option.
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.
The online delivery begins each Summer term. You can earn your endorsement in 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.
3rd Monday each month, 2:00 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!
- Master's degree = 30
- Endorsement = 24
Time to Completion:
5 terms (20 months)
Delivery Option & Start Terms:
Online program: starts each Summer term
Program & Enrollment Manager
Designed for Working Teachers
The Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (K-12) is 24 credit hours.
Master's Degree with Endorsement
The Education MAT: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Emphasis (which includes the endorsement above) is 30 credit hours.
Add a TESOL Graduate Certificate with One Additional Course
You can add the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Graduate Certificate with just one additional course: ECLD 610.
To see a typical list of courses by term, visit an example Current Students page for this program.
Courses below marked **MAT-only are for MAT students, and are not required for the endorsement-only students.
Year 1 – Summer
- ECLD 592 Second Language Acquisition Theory (3)
- ECLD 594 Foundations of Language and Linguistics for ESL/Bilingual Educators (3)
Year 1 – Fall
- ECLD 602 Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Learners (3)
- ECLD 603 Methods and Assessment in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (3)
Year 1 – Spring
For full details, see the official program listings in the UNC Graduate Catalog:
- Learn more about the School of Teacher Education faculty.