Certificates

Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Campus: Online Developing literacy and language development skills is a crucial step in children’s growth and development. Literacy instruction is a national focus, and for good reason. Studies show that students who are not reading on grade level by fourth grade have decreased chances of graduating from high school. Students need educators who can help them grow their reading skills at an early age as a way of preparing them for a successful future.

Para-Professional Pathways2Teaching

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Campus: CU Denver Two of the greatest challenges in education today are a critical teacher shortage in urban and rural communities and a lack of diversity in the teacher workforce. CU Denver's Pathway2Teaching paraprofessional certificate program addresses both of these challenges and strives to create a new generation of community responsive teachers. This certificate program provides high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn transferable college credits toward a teacher education degree.

Teaching for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Degree Earned: Graduate Certificate Campus: CU Denver CU Denver's Teaching for Cultural and Linguistic Diversity graduate certificate provides a foundation in teaching content to multilingual students. The program is designed for content-area teachers (math, science, social studies, etc.) who have multilingual learners in their classes. This certificate is also valuable to content-area coaches or administrators with a commitment to diversity and social justice, and who provide support for teachers with multilingual learners in K-12 classrooms. It is designed to equip you with the tools needed to support diverse languages, cultures and abilities in the classroom.

Licenses

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: License Campus: CU Denver Online ​Early childhood special education specialists are in high demand in Colorado and nationally. Prepared to teach children with disabilities as well as provide support for general ed teachers leading inclusive classrooms, ECE/SE licensed educators play an important role in the movement to include children with disabilities. CU Denver's online Early Childhood Special Education Specialist license is a perfect fit for those interested in providing culturally responsive, family-centered, developmentally effective early education in an inclusive setting.

Principal License

Degree Earned: License Campus: CU Denver Online Are you a licensed elementary or secondary educator interested in obtaining a principal license? School principals can have a tremendous impact on the success of students, teachers, schools and districts. Your path to leadership begins here at CU Denver in our Leadership for Educational Organizations (LEO) program. Here, you will develop in-depth understanding about leadership roles and responsibilities, contemporary educational issues, and collaboration within and across communities. You will also develop a thorough awareness of the legal, financial and political dimensions of schools and school districts.

Endorsements

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: CU Denver The need for qualified educators prepared to work with multilingual learners continues to increase in Denver, Colorado and across the nation. CU Denver's graduate Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement is designed for currently licensed teachers who are seeking career advancement and the knowledge and tools needed to support diverse languages, cultures and abilities in the classroom. This endorsement is available with and without an MA.

Early Childhood Special Education Specialist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: CU Denver Online CU Denver’s Early Childhood Special Education Specialist endorsement is designed for licensed teachers with early childhood, elementary or special education teaching licenses. Designed to advance and deepen your expertise in educating young children with special needs and supporting their families, the endorsement may be completed on-campus, in a hybrid format or fully-online (hyperlink to CU Online website.) It is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children. With this endorsement, you can lead classrooms or support classroom teaches in a specialist role.

Middle School Math

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: Online CU Denver’s online Middle School Math endorsement is designed for currently licensed teachers who are seeking career advancement and a deeper understanding of how to engage middle school students in math. Mathematical learning opportunities matter and not all students receive the same kinds of opportunities. This endorsement will give you the unique qualifications you need to support and challenge students with diverse abilities and backgrounds.

Special Education Generalist

Degree Earned: Endorsement Campus: CU Denver The Special Education Generalist Endorsement (without an MA) prepares teachers holding an initial license to identify and champion the strengths and assets of children ages 5-21 with differing abilities, including those with identified disabilities. This program is for teachers who want to add the endorsement but are not seeking a master’s degree. CU Denver equips you with the most impactful and effective skills for leading inclusive classrooms and collaborating with the professionals in the field and the community. The program is fully accredited by the Colorado Department of Education and the Council for Exceptional Children.