Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Endorsement
Looking to work with students whose first language isn't English?
The Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement is an additional certification you can add to your undergraduate education major that qualifies you to do just that.
This endorsement for undergrads requires 24 credits of work focusing on teaching diverse learners. When you apply for your teaching license, you will also be recognized as a state-certified CLD teacher. Fluency in another language is not required, but there is a requirement to take one foreign language class at the college level.
Elementary Education majors can choose the CLD track and have this endorsement built into their graduation plan. All other majors need to add it separately.
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CL/BL (CLD/Bilingual) Endorsement
This path qualifies majors to teach in English, Spanish, or both. This endorsement is for those who plan to teach in a dual-language school. You should be proficient in Spanish in order to complete this endorsement, as many of the classes are taught in Spanish.
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Minor
Similar to the CLD endorsement, this minor is typically chosen by students who will not be pursuing a teaching license upon graduation. Rather than a practicum in CLD, students will complete an internship focused on working with students whose first language is not English.
The Cumbres Program
Cumbres is a co-curricular and scholarship program designed specifically to support and encourage students to become CLD teachers. For more information, visit the Cumbres home page.
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (Grades K-12)
- Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Bilingual Education Specialist (Grades K-12, Spanish/English)
- Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
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