Graduate Certificate in Literacy and Language Development for Diverse Learners

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Graduate Certificate

Classroom Type: Fully Online

Prepares educators to develop literacy and language development skills that are a crucial step in children's growth and development. The certificate includes methods that help all learners-including those who are linguistically or culturally diverse-gain important literacy skills.

Application​ deadlines

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Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

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.

Sample Courses

  • LCRT 5810 - Oral & Written Language & Literacy 3 credits
  • LCRT 5770 - Effective Literacy Instruction for Diverse Learners 3 credits
  • LCRT 5055 - Literacy Assessment & Informed Instruction 3 credits
  • LCRT 5150 - Culturally Relevant & Responsive Pedagogies 3 credits
Course Catalog

Recommended Completion Time:4 semesters

Required Credits for Completion:12

Admission Requirements

Current grad students should reach out to their academic advisor if they want to add a certificate to their current program. Once they have spoken with their advisor, they can register for certificate courses.

How to Apply

Please complete the Graduate Non-Degree Admissions application to apply for this certificate program. Complete the application sections in order for the best experience.

  1. Fill in your Personal Information before continuing to the "Academic Interest" section
  2. Select the Certificate button
  3. Select either the On-Campus or Online certificate option. Please note that not all programs are offered as both on-campus and online
  4. Choose a certificate under the Certificate drop down menu
  5. Select the Term you wish to enroll and then continue the rest of the application as instructed