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Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Master's Degree, M.Ed.

CCU's Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education is a comprehensive graduate program for current and aspiring educators and school professionals who are seeking skills to teach English language learners, both in the United States and around the world.

Offered through our College of Adult and Graduate Studies, the program is designed to address the need for licensed teachers to be knowledgeable in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and English as a Second Language (ESL). Most schools refer to their programs as “ESL” or “ELL”; CCU’s online master’s program will prepare you for such ESL and ELL programs and for working with culturally and linguistically diverse students. This is especially important as the population of multilingual learners continues to grow in the U.S., and also as more international opportunities for teaching become available for experienced educators.

This graduate degree meets all requirements set forth by the Colorado Department of Education for an endorsement in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. The degree is also aligned with the standards for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and candidates who complete the degree are eligible to receive a TESOL certificate.

TEACH Grant

Since culturally and linguistically diverse education is considered a high-need area, students in CCU's CLDE licensure programs may be eligible for the TEACH grant. Learn more on our Scholarships website.


TESOL International Association Framework

The TESOL Certificate program at Colorado Christian University is aligned with the TESOL International Association framework for short-term certificate programs. Embedded within the Master of Education in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education, both the certificate and degree program have been aligned with the TESOL International Association's recommended Standards for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

Visit these websites for additional information about the TESOL International Association framework for short-term certificate programs:

The TESOL International Association does not provide recommendations or endorsements for degree or certificate programs.

State Exclusions for Online Students

The School of Education Professions at Colorado Christian University offers courses to online students in all states with the exception of the following program-specific state exclusions:

  • CAGS does not offer Educator Licensure or Non-Licensure courses (undergraduate or graduate) to online students who reside in Hawaii or Kentucky.

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