Master of Arts in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, St. Vrain School District Partnership

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: MA Endorsement

Classroom Type: Online and on campus classes

Join a cohort of St. Vrain educators committed to improving educational access and success for learners from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. This program allows you to earn your CLDE endorsement, with a possibility to complete an MA.

Application​ deadlines

Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort will be accepted 03/01/2023 to 06/01/2023

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Off campus

If you feel passionate about improving educational outcomes for your students from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, University of Colorado Denver and St. Vrain School District (SVVSD) have partnered to bring you an endorsement with an optional MA in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE). This transformational, practice-oriented program for elementary and secondary teachers will develop your knowledge, leadership skills and classroom practices to support multilingual learners and their families. Your SVVSD cohort will earn the 24-credit CLDE endorsement in five semesters (Fall 2021 through Spring 2023). Next, you may pursue the optional master’s in CLDE for an additional six credit hours.

This cohort of educators will address relevant, emerging topics in CLDE such as:

  • Leveraging the strengths of culturally and linguistically diverse learners to improve educational outcomes
  • Planning and differentiating instruction to help all students acquire the language and literacy needed for school success
  • Building successful family and community involvement, and
  • Designing and interpreting assessment (summative and formative, of both language and content) for bilingual learners.

To complete the program, teachers will participate in three types of credit-bearing experiences, each designed specifically for SVVSD teachers: graduate courses, professional development experiences for graduate credit and practicum hours.

Plan of Study

Most assignments will apply directly to your school and district context.

Graduate courses:

  • CLDE 5030: Language Development for Multilingual Learners
  • CLDE 5820: Teaching Multilingual Learners, Advanced
  • CLDE 5070: Linguistic Analysis for English: Implications for Teaching
  • CLDE 5050: Assessment and Advocacy for Diverse Learners
  • CLDE 5160: History and Law of Bilingual and Immigrant Education

Practicum courses:

  • CLDE 5827: Culturally Responsive Teaching of Content
  • CLDE 5828: Practitioner Inquiry into the Role of Language in Teaching
  • CLDE 6910: Leadership Practicum

Additional courses needed for the MA:

  • CLDE 5035: Theory to Practice
  • CLDE 6912: Teacher Inquiry into Multilingual Classrooms

Time and Location

Cohort members take one class per semester during the school year, with additional job-embedded practicum work. Your endorsement courses will be held on Thursday evenings, with synchronous meetings approximately once per month, either fully online or at a St. Vrain school building.

CU Denver Faculty Advisor

Christopher Carson

SVVSD Contact

Patrick Kilcullen

Tuition and Cost of Attendance

Tuition costs for this program are significantly lower than main campus rates because they are offered as off-campus extended studies courses through CU Denver.

The cost estimate to complete the required coursework is:

  • CLDE endorsement: $6,136 (estimate based on current tuition and fees)
  • Endorsement + MA: $7,840 - $8,850

The overall cost will depend on whether six credits are taken on campus at CU Denver. Course costs do not include student fees, books, and other fees. A one-time matriculation fee of approximately $100 will apply if you do not already hold a CU degree.

Choose CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about elevating the status of bilingualism and inclusivity in classrooms. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That’s why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world.

Sample Courses

  • CLDE 5030 - Language Development for Multilingual Learners3 credits
  • CLDE 5050 - Assessment and Advocacy for Diverse Learners3 credits
  • CLDE 5828 - Practitioner Inquiry into the Role of Language in Teaching3 credits
  • CLDE 5827 - Culturally Responsive Teaching of Content through Professional Learning Communities3 credits

Recommended Completion Time:2 years

Required Credits for Completion:24

Admission Requirements

Applications for the Fall 2023 cohort will be accepted 03/01/2023 to 06/01/2023.

Please contact Beth Eagen at or call 303-315-5000 to learn more about this program.