Graduate Catalog 2024-2025

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement (K-12)

Program Overview

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

General Licensure and Endorsement Admission Requirements

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The graduate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement (K-12) program was created to prepare teachers to serve the growing number of English language learners in their classrooms, and to address the critical shortage of teachers who are eligible to apply for the Colorado CLD Education endorsement so that they can effectively educate students who are learning English as a new language. The CLD endorsement program requires the completion of 24 semester hours. Requirements for the program include: Admission to the Graduate School; and teaching licensure or enrollment in a teacher preparation program. Evidence of second language learning experience needs to be demonstrated for completion of this program.

*Please note: Federal student loans are not currently available to students who are pursuing a CO state license (initial or additional) through UNC’s stand-alone, graduate level licensure programs without also being simultaneously enrolled in a Masters or Doctoral degree program.

Requirements — 24 Credits

Required Credits — 24 hours

ECLD 504Field Experience in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education


ECLD 523Academic Language/Literacy Development for Diverse Learners in School Settings


ECLD 592Second Language Acquisition Theory


ECLD 593Language, School and Society


ECLD 594Foundations of Language and Linguistics for ESL/Bilingual Educators


ECLD 602Teaching Culturally Linguistically Diverse and Bilingual Learners


ECLD 611CLD Methods and Assessment I


ECLD 612CLD Methods and Assessment II


Program Notes

For UNC graduates with the following courses:

  • EDEL 250/EDEC 250, TESL 350/ECLD 360, and EDEL 455/ECLD 455 or EDRD 340/ECLD 340, with a grade at C+ or above,

The following courses will be waived towards this CLD Endorsement:

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