Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners

Graduate Certificate

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.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: Online Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 4 semesters Credits required for completion: 12 Application deadline: Rolling decision

The Details

What you'll learn

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.

The University of Colorado Denver’s Literacy & Language Development for Diverse Learners certificate offers K-12 teachers and paraeducators advanced skills in the development, assessment and instruction of literacy for young learners. You’ll explore methods that will help all learners--including those who are linguistically or culturally diverse--gain important literacy skills.

This highly interactive online program offers participants the chance to become part of an engaged learning community with the ease of online learning. You’ll learn and share with like-minded peers and form lasting relationships with colleagues as you learn and grow together.

After completing the program, you’ll have the knowledge and skills necessary to create rich environments that envelop young learners in language and literacy development opportunities, both oral and written. You will be the guide who sets young learners on a path to success and empowers them for a lifetime of learning.

Choose CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development

You can trust CU Denver to provide an education that will prepare you for excellence in your career. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders of excellence who value diversity and inclusion. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education and Human Development is counted among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools,” making us one of the top education schools in the country.

Admissions Requirements

Registration for CPE courses can be completed online using the following steps.

For new CU Denver students or those that have not taken a course within the past three semesters:

  1. Please apply for your student ID here: CPE Application.
  2. Create your password and obtain your username at: My Account.
  3. Register for courses in UCD Access using your specific CPE course information. 

CU Denver students who have taken a course within the past three semesters should be able to enroll through UCD Access (step 3 above).

Please contact the Office of Continuing and Professional Education to learn more about the program or for assistance with your application at 303-315-5000 or cpe@ucdenver.edu.