Western Offers New Programs to Serve Teachers of English Language Learners

Western's Education Department is now offering a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education teaching endorsement and master's degree program. The new offering is a response to the growing demand for educators trained to work with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of students.

The number of English language learners (also known as ELL) in American schools has more than doubled in the past 20 years, and Colorado schools have seen an increase of 35.5% in the number of English language learners served since 2006. 

Education Department Chair Gaye Jenkins is enthusiastic about the new offering, “Our culturally and linguistically diverse offerings are relevant, exciting, and cultivate leadership skills for mainstream educators in this area of expertise. Every educator needs these strategies and understandings. Empowering yourself to effectively serve English language learners enriches the learning experience for every student, and improves achievement across all curricula. Come join us!” 

The endorsement is being offered to currently licensed teachers seeking to advance their career and work more effectively with diverse groups of students and their families.

The program consists of 27 course credits, completed in one year. Clinical experience required for the program can often be completed in the candidate’s own school.  Candidates may then continue to complete a master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in culturally and linguistically diverse leadership by completing an additional 16 credits within a 4-year window. 

Starting next Fall, the Education Department is also offering a CLD emphasis for undergraduates majoring in Elementary Education and Teaching.  Undergraduates who finish their senior licensure year and earn their teaching license will be eligible to add the CLD endorsement.

To learn more about this and other added endorsements offered by the Education Department, click here.

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 11:00am