Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Graduate Certificate

Help Bilingual Learners Thrive in the Classroom

English language learners must meet two simultaneous challenges: learning a new language while trying to master academic subjects. By pursuing research-based teaching strategies, you can help these students reach their full potential in the classroom and beyond. You will also understand how to address the systemic marginalization faced by multilingual learners, as you engage with your students’ families and communities.

Designed for licensed educators, the Graduate Certificate in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education equips you with research-based methods for teaching students English as a second language and facilitating their growth as bilingual learners. Our course work is aligned with the Colorado Teacher Performance Standards and provides strategies for teachers to accommodate the specific needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners.

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Program Snapshot

Program Format
Blended and online courses

Time Commitment
12-24 months

Key Dates
Starts are offered in January, March, May, July, August and October

Program Details

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Name: Kimberley Flores
Title: Faculty Instructor
Hometown: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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By the Numbers

Tuition discount offered for teachers and paraprofessionals
Percentage of Colorado ELL students designated academically "on track" for their grade level*
Estimated number of K-12 English language learners in Colorado schools*

*Colorado Department of Education

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MAE 665E: Teaching Strategies for Linguistically Diverse Educators

Instruct participants in research-based methods and examine effective content-based instructional strategies for teaching English to CLD learners.

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MAE 655G: Linguistics I: Language Acquisition

Explores first and second language acquisition theory, including the structure and function of linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, and sociolinguistics.
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MAE 665H: Foundations for CLD Educators

Provides an overview of the social, political and historical contexts related to CLD learners in American schools. Philosophical and theoretical assumptions informing policy, programs and instructional practice for the CLD learner will be discussed. Strategies for collaboration with and advocacy for diverse students and their families will be explored.
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MAE 665I: Assessment for Linguistically Diverse Education

Develops skills for design, evaluation and critique of a variety of formative and summative assessments for CLD learners based on proficiency level.

To apply to the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Graduate Certificate program, you will need:

  • Completed online application
  • Official degree-bearing transcripts from a regionally accredited university
  • Resume
  • Valid teaching license

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Tuition for the 2023-2024 academic year: $589 per credit hour
Total program credits: 12
Tuition is one part of the overall cost of attendance, which includes all expenses students may have, including basic living costs. For more information about tuition, fees and your estimated cost of attendance, visit our Cost of Attendance for Adult Undergraduates and Graduate Students page. Tuition and fees are subject to change.

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The Graduate Certificate in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education program is offered by the Division of Education in Regis College.