CLD Endorsement Course Requirements

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Educator Endorsement - 24 credits

The CLD endorsement is  offered to currently licensed teachers seeking to advance their career and work more effectively with diverse groups of students and their families. Clinical experience required for the program can often be completed in the candidate’s own school.  Applicants should apply to the MA in Education.  The following coursework is required:


EDUC 616 Language Acquisition for Linguistically Diverse Students (3 credits)

EDUC 600 Foundations of Literacy Development (3 credits)

EDUC 602 Literacy Assessment Informed Instruction (3 credits)

EDUC 618 Linguistically Diverse Student Teaching (Fall or Spring, 3 credits)**


EDUC 620 Engaging Diverse Learners (3 credits)

EDUC 601 Methods and Strategies of Effective Reading Instruction (3 credits)

EDUC 617 Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency in the Content Area (3 credits)

Choose from one of the following CLD Endorsement Electives (3 credits): 

  • EDUC 697: Special Topics in Education (Fall or Spring)
  • EDUC 606: Reading and Writing in the Content Area (Fall)
  • EDUC 608: Methods & strategies of Effective Writing Instruction (Spring)
  • EDUC 624: Managing to Differentiate


**To receive a CLD Endorsement the candidate is required to complete EDUC 618, a CLD-specific student teaching course.   This course will require the student to work with a support teacher for a minimum of 8 hours during the semester.  The support teacher should be certified in CLD, LDE, ESL, Bilingual, TESOL, or closely related field, have taught ELL populations for minimum of 3 years, meet with candidate for a minimum of 8 hours over the semester, sign/validate candidates logged hours and activities at the mid-point and at the end of the semester.


In addition, as part of EDUC 618, the candidate will need to work with ELL students, as identified by the W-APT or ACCESS for ELL tests, for 135 hours per semester in a classroom setting.  This could be in a 1:1, small group, or whole class situation.  Working with students at various levels of English proficiency is highly recommended.