Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students

The Linguistically Diverse Learner (LDL) certificate program gives classroom teachers the assistance and experience to begin to meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.

Linguistically Diverse Learner Academic Certificate

Degree Overview

This certificate offers coursework and applied practice experience to assist classroom teachers to successfully meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students in the classroom. It will provide an entry point to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) endorsement. The four courses selected for the academic certificate are key courses presently offered in the endorsement program so there is a seamless transition to the full endorsement.


  • An Academic Certificate requires that students meet the following requirements in addition to the 12 specified graduate hours:
  • Candidates must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.000 or better in all 600-level courses.
  • Grades lower than a "B" do not meet any requirement of the Certificate program and are unacceptable.
  • The Certificate Program must be successfully completed within three years (36 months) from the date of the Certificate Plan, which occurs before the completion of the first semester.
  • Graduate transfer credit is not accepted into the Certificate Program. All 12 hours must be earned through Regis University

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 12.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

RC-Linguistically Diverse Learner Certificate

MAE 665E - Teaching Strategies for CLD Educators

Instructs participants in research-based methods and examines effective content-based instructional strategies for teaching English to CLD learners. Participants will adapt curriculum materials and learn differentiation techniques. Constructivist and sheltered teaching methodologies will be discussed and demonstrated.

Cross listing(s): EDES 665E.

MAE 665G - Linguistics I: Lang Acquisition

Provides the participant with information concerning first and second language acquisition theory. Explores the structure and function of the English language including linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics. Process learning will be explored and modeled.

Cross listing(s): EDES 665G.

MAE 665H - Foundations of Ed for CLD Educators

Provides an overview of the history and legislation related to CLD learners and a survey of bilingual and ESL programs. Models, philosophies and theoretical underpinnings of programs for the CLD will be discussed. Strategies for collaboration with, inclusion of, and advocacy for, diverse students and their families will be explored.

Cross listing(s): EDES 665H.

MAE 665I - Assessment for CLD Education

Develops skills for design, evaluation and critique of a variety of formative and summative assessments for CLD learners. Participants will apply this learning through a case study and design of a differentiated assessment based on language proficiency level.

Cross listing(s): EDES 665I.

How to Apply

Take the next step in receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting the Master of Arts in Education admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists and requirements.

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