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Teaching Diverse Learners M.A.

Earn your Master of Arts degree while also earning dual endorsements in Special Education and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. The only program of its kind in Colorado, and one of only a few in the nation, the Teaching Diverse Learners M.A. degree offers a unique blend of highly-valued teaching skills that will give you a competitive edge in your career. Designed for working professionals, this is a focused, accelerated program you can complete in just 20 months, with courses that combine online learning and face-to-face classroom time.

Innovative Blend of In-Demand Skills

At UNC, you’re part of one of the top education programs in the nation. We rank fifth in teacher candidate graduates in the United States, and prepare the largest number of teachers in Colorado. We are also the top ranked institution in the state for online graduate programs in education, and one of the top 10 in the nation.

Degree Details

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Denver + Online

Time to Completion:

20 months

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Degree Details

The 33-credit Teaching Diverse Learners master’s program includes all of the coursework and field experiences to earn endorsements in both Special Education Generalist and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education.

Special Education Generalist Endorsement

Help to meet a critical need in education, while empowering yourself with new career opportunities. Grounded in evidence-based practice, our special education courses emphasize collaboration and cultural sensitivity to support effective learning for students with a wide range of disabilities.

CLD Endorsement

Serve the educational needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students, in the United States and around the world. CLD-trained teachers are in high demand, and we help you develop a comprehensive skill set that will serve you in diverse educational settings.

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Your Future in Teaching Diverse Learners

Schools everywhere have a growing number of students who have special educational needs, and who bring cultural and language diversity to the classroom. With a master’s degree and dual endorsements in the Teaching Diverse Learners program—from UNC’s leading education program—you’ll bring a unique blend of highly valued teaching skills to the job market and be positioned for career leadership.

Consider UNC's M.A. in Teaching Diverse Learners if you are:

  • A current licensed teacher who would like to earn added endorsements in both Special Education Generalist and CLD education
  • Dedicated to helping diverse students with different needs succeed in education

You’ll learn:

  • How to recognize and develop the cognitive, linguistic and classroom skills of special education and CLD students
  • Skills in planning and implementing instruction and assessment
  • How to collaborate with parents, teachers, administrators and members of the community to advocate for the academic success of special education and CLD learners

Sample courses:

  • Basic Principles of CLD and Special Education
  • Effective Instruction in CLD education
  • Effective Instruction in Special Education
  • Foundations of Language and Linguistics for ESL/Bilingual Educators
  • Behavioral Interventions
  • Graduate Research with Diverse Learners

Where can your degree take you?

The theories, skills and strategies included in this program—and the official endorsements towards which they prepare you—will put you in high demand in a wide range of careers in education, including:

  • General education teacher
  • School counselor
  • School social worker
  • Instructional coordinator

Faculty Spotlights

Madeline Milian

Madeline Milian, Ed.D.
Professor, School of Education

Madeline Milian, Ph.D., specializes in dual-language education, bilingual special education and second language learning and teaching. She has conducted work on education in Latin America with a focus on Cuba and Mexico, and is the director of the Scholarships for Education and Economic Development (SEED) program at UNC, which enables teachers from Central America to come to the United States to learn English and advance their teaching education skills. Milian has co-authored a wide range of publications on the topics of CLD and special education, including “Latino families of children with severe disabilities: Experiences with school personnel,” and “Students with a visual impairment in a dual language program: A case study.”

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