Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education
MAT and Endorsement-Only Option
Online Program

Online Degree and Endorsement for ESL Education

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The online Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Master of Arts in Teaching and Endorsement-only programs are designed to prepare ESL teachers to meet the learning needs of English language learners throughout Northern Colorado and the United States. This degree will provide ESL educators with the knowledge and classroom skills needed to meet the diverse language and academic needs of these learners.

The online Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education MAT or Endorsement-only programs begin each Fall term. Earn your endorsement in 16 months or your master's degree in just over 2 years.

Increase Your Value in Today's Diverse Educational Environment

In many schools across the country, the population of English language learners continues to grow. The vast majority of our Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education students have promotions or new jobs lined up upon graduation due to the high demand for teachers with these skills and credentials.

Though the school programs go by many names (English as a second language, English language learners, etc.) this program will prepare you to serve all English language learners and increase your value in today's diverse educational environment. Second language learners can achieve academic success when educators and schools effectively address their language instruction.

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We also encourage you to visit the School of Teacher Education page for these programs. From there you can also learn more about the traditional on-campus delivery.


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Contact the Program Coordinator

Contact the Off-Campus Program Coordinator

Jon Shaw
(970) 351-2897

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Academic Program Coordinator

Dr. Dana Walker
(970) 351-1573

Course of Study

Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement-Only

The endorsement is 21 credit hours and is completed in 16 months (4 academic terms).

Education MAT: Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Emphasis with Endorsement

The MAT degree is 33 credit hours (36 if also seeking the endorsement) and is completed in just over 2 years. Courses required only for the MAT are labeled *MAT below.

** EDRD 620 (or a previously completed secondary literacy course) is required by the Colorado Department of Education for the Linguistically Diverse Education added endorsement. This course is required for anyone who is seeking the endorsement and who has not already completed a graduate level secondary literacy course.
  Fall Spring Summer
Year 1

EDLD 593 Language, School and Society (3)

EDLD 603 Methods and Assessment for ESL and Bilingual Education (3)

EDLD 592 Second Language Acquisition Theory (3)

EDLD 602 Teaching Linguistically Diverse Learners (3)

** EDRD 620 Reading in the Middle and Secondary School (3)

EDLD 594 Foundations of Language and Linguistics for ESL/Bilingual Educators (3)

Year 2

EDLD 604 Field Experience in TESOL and Bilingual Education (3) – Last course for Endorsement Students

SRM 600 Introduction to Graduate Research (3) - *MAT

EDLD 605 Seminar in Bilingual Education and TESOL I (3) - *MAT

EDF 610 Teacher Research (3) - *MAT


EDLD 606 Linguistically Diverse Students and the U.S. Educational System (3) - *MAT


EDLD 607 Seminar in Bilingual Education and TESOL II (3) - *MAT



Admission Requirements and Transfer Credit

Admission Requirements

Acceptance into the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education program requires that you meet minimum requirements for admission to the UNC Graduate School, with a GPA of 3.0 or better in your most recent 60 semester hours of college work plus:

  • Teaching Licensure or enrollment in a teacher preparation program
  • Three credits of literacy instruction*
  • Evidence of second language learning*
    • *These requirements can be met in the process of completing the program. EDRD 620 is available the first spring semester for those who will need to meet the literacy instruction requirement.

Eligibility by State

UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.

Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.

Transferring Credit

Applicable graduate credit may be applied towards this academic program. In order for credits to be accepted toward a degree they must be graduate level credits, be approved by the Academic Advisor, and have a grade of A or B.  Once approved by the advisor, students must complete a Petition to Count Work in a Degree Program to have the credit approved by the Grad School.  Master’s and specialist degree students must complete a minimum of 24 credits at the University of Northern Colorado. All work counted in a degree program must be within five years for a master’s degree and six years for a specialist degree.  The time limit is calculated from the beginning of the first class transferred in and counted in the degree program.

Tuition, Financial Aid and Health Insurance


This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees.  Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.

Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $456 per credit hour.

Financial Aid—MAT Degree Students

Students who cannot pay for tuition alone are encouraged to apply for federal financial aid. Students must first complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA priority filing date for each academic year (which begins each August) is March 1. Late submissions of the FAFSA are still accepted but may not be considered for the maximum amount of aid.

Masterís degree students require a minimum of 5 credits per academic term for financial aid eligibility. Full time enrollment is based on 9 credits.

To apply for federal financial aid assistance
Fill out the FAFSA form at

Extended Studies degree seeking students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.

Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at

Financial Aid—Endorsement-only

Endorsement-only program students (non-degree seeking) aren’t eligible for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  Details about the federal aid program are available at Your program coordinator may be aware of your eligibility for any discipline or campus-based aid if available.

Extended Studies students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also  find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at

MAT Student Health Insurance

The University of Northern Colorado offers a Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) to all degree-seeking students who enroll in courses on our main UNC Campus, an Extended Studies Center or Online.

Degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in 6 or more credit hours will automatically receive this benefit each term. SHIP premiums will appear on your semester bill. If you have comparable insurance coverage, and do not want to be charged for SHIP coverage, you must opt out of this plan each Fall via an online waiver process.

Please visit for more information about the insurance plan.


Get Started

The Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education programs accepts applications year round. Accepted applicants begin the online program each Fall term.

To begin the application process, you will submit the free online application to the School of Teacher Education (see link below). You will then also apply to the UNC Graduate School. Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, admission to this program is a two-stage process. Your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process. Please contact the program coordinator about conditional admission to begin taking the first program courses if you have an application in progress.

Take the Next Step—Begin the Application Process

Apply Now to the School of Teacher Education

Then Apply to the Graduate School

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