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Cultural and Linguistic Diversity Skills Are in Demand

CMC’s Elementary Education students complete coursework for a CLD endorsement from the State of Colorado

In today’s world, teachers with preparation in Cultural and Linguistic Diverse Education (CLD) are in high demand. Young minds demand nurturing in diverse ways, and today’s successful teachers must be ready to respond effectively. Some students will come to class learning math, science and social studies all in a language that is not native to them and through methods unfamiliar to them.

That’s why Colorado Mountain College embedded CLD preparation into its elementary education program. In this program, students learn and practice adapting instruction for increasingly diverse learners. Graduates are recommended for the CLD endorsement issued by the State of Colorado. This credential is very valuable, especially in the mountain region where the population is becoming more and more diverse.

Required coursework for the Colorado’s CLD endorsement, all of which is included in CMC’s curriculum, includes the following:

  • First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Literacy Development for CLD Students
  • Knowledge of English and Linguistics
  • Assessment of Language Proficiency
  • Teaching Strategies for CLD Learners
  • CLD Field Experiences

CMC provides the appropriate verification as its qualified graduates apply for their teaching license.


“Colorado Mountain College’s Teacher Preparation Program finds and prepares talented, caring, passionate individuals who want to be part of educating our mountain communities. This program is good for our region, our schools, and our kids and I am proud that our district supports this vitally important endeavor.”

Jason E. Glass, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Eagle County Schools

“A teacher education program at CMC provides us with an incredible opportunity to grow and cultivate the talent and skills of the adults and students across our area. It is a tremendous benefit to have these outstanding people stay in the community we all love, contributing to an excellent educational experience for all of our children.”

Diana Sirko, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Roaring Fork School District RE1