Continuing Education for Licensed Educators

Continuing Education for Licensed Educators

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Fulfill your English Learner requirement for Colorado professional license renewal. CCU Online provides continuing education courses that lead to a certificate of completion that fulfills the 45-hour English Language (EL) requirement for professional teacher license renewal from the Colorado Department of Education.

English Language Requirement for Colorado License Renewal

CCU Online offers continuing education courses for educators in the state of Colorado who are seeking an endorsement to complete Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education training or professional development. The courses are approved by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE).

The continuing education courses are 100% online, self-paced, and self-guided — without faculty involvement — and do not offer academic credit.

Colorado teachers in public schools who wish to fulfill the 45-hour English Language (EL) for professional license renewal must complete all five courses to receive a certificate of completion. The certificate costs $300. Learn more about the CDE English Learner professional development requirements

Teachers in private schools who do not need to fulfill licensure requirements or others who work with English Language Learners in a variety of settings may purchase individual courses for $79 each or the five-course certificate for $300, a savings of 24% off the single-course price.

Theories of Language, Learning, and Teaching Courses

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse CLD Certificate

The Theories of Language, Learning, and Teaching Certificate consists of five sequential continuing education courses that fulfill the English language requirement for licensed Colorado teachers. 

  • Theories of Language, Learning, and Teaching – A Perspective on Language Learning — This course links theory to English Language Learners' (ELLs) student experience, highlights the challenges of learning a second language, and provides guidance in applying effective instructional practices. You will explore the reality of ELL students in their schools and communities and reflect on your perspectives to critically evaluate factors behind the successes and failures of ELLs.
  • Second Language Acquisition Theories and Second Language Learners — Explore the history and functional approach theories of second language acquisition (SLA) including: behavioral, developmental, cognitive, sociocultural, constructivist learning, and nativist theories. This course introduces needed concepts and terminology such as "interlanguage," "critical period," and "linguistic universals." You will demonstrate your emerging understanding of SLA and explore challenges in current SLA research and theory.
  • Classroom Instructional Principles and Practices that Enhance Social and Academic Language of Second Language Learners — This course focuses on second language learners' (L2) social and academic language needs. You will investigate, research, and practice skills needed in integrating and developing language skill areas at different grade and language-proficiency levels, including special learning needs. You will plan and provide instruction that systematically integrates language and content/culture based on the evaluation of students' language needs.
  • Sociocultural and Linguistic Factors that Influence Language Learning Processes and Outcomes for Second Language Learners — This course critically examines the relationships between language, culture, and identity and how they influence language-learning processes and outcomes for L2s. You will examine strategies designed to support students' cultures, languages, and second language development. You will be challenged to integrate strategies that address student differences and promote intercultural communication in your own educational practice.
  • Theory to Practice or Cooperative Dialogue — This course expands on the preceding sessions to further consider language issues most important for teachers within sociocultural contexts. Focusing on the relationship between language acquisition theories and classroom practices, you will engage with the underlying issues within contemporary SLA theory and practice to acquire a deeper perspective on the subject as lifelong learners.