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About this Program

Teacher in an elementary classroom pointing to a student with their hand raised.Did you know that there are over 170 languages spoken by K-12 students in Colorado public schools? The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) added endorsement program at MSU Denver prepares educators to work with the growing number of K-12 emerging bilingual students in Colorado. Grounded in evidence-based practices and research, the CLD program provides educators with the skills and knowledge to accommodate and ensure the academic success of culturally and linguistically diverse students across the state.

Program options allow our pre-service teachers to add the CLD endorsement to their initial teaching license and licensed educators to add the CLD endorsement to their current teaching license. Undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students seeking initial teacher licensure through one of our programs can complete the CLD coursework alongside their initial licensure program coursework, and current teachers can attend MSU Denver as non-degree-seeking students to complete the coursework.

Our CLD program is approved by the Colorado Department of Education and provides Colorado educators the professional opportunity to add the highly sought after CLD endorsement to their professional credentials.

Benefits of Earning This Added Endorsement at MSU Denver

A Latina female teacher works with a Latino student at his desk; a colorful bulletin board in the background reads "¡Exprésate!".School districts across Colorado and principals at individual schools recognize the value of the CLD endorsement and it is quickly becoming a prefferred qualification for working at any Colorado public school. Regardless of the grade level, content area or specialization, the CLD endorsement is an invaluable professional credential to distinguish oneself in the competitive  job market.

Because our CLD endorsement is a state-approved program in Colorado, program completers will earn a recommendation for this endorsement, which makes the process of applying for this endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education simple and transparent.

Also of note is the fact that all CLD course offerings can contribute to the mandatory 6 credit hours of English Learner Educator Professional Development requirements for professional license renewal with the Colorado Department of Education.

Additionally, in our School of Education programs, you will experience:

  • A diverse student population
  • Engaging, topical coursework
  • Supportive faculty and staff who value diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Clinical experiences in partnership schools across the Denver metro area throughout your program
  • Incredible value

Career Opportunities with this Added Endorsement

Because the CLD endorsement is a K-12 credential, it opens doors to educators who are typically limited to their specific license or content area (i.e, k-6 elementary or secondary math).  Most ESL teaching  positions in Colorado will explicitly require the CLD endorsement. Beyond teaching positions, the CLD endorsement provides teachers the opportunity to interact with and advocate for the culturally and linguistically diverse students and families they encounter in their school communities.


All School of Education teacher licensure programs are authorized by the Colorado Department of Education and the Colorado Department of Higher Education.

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