Master’s in Special Education Generalist (SEG) and Culturally/Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Education

Educator preparation, instructional and intervention best practices, learner outcomes, and teacher accountability continue to be shaped by the influences of diversity at the intersection of exceptionality (Hoover & deBettencourt, 2017).

Become an educator-advocate for equitable culturally and linguistically responsive special education through completion of a combined exceptionality-diversity focused program. 


    What program graduates say about their integrated  SEG/CLD preparation 

(1=not prepared; 4=highly prepared)


Distinguish diverse learning differences from learning disabilities___________________________3.88

Distinguish second language acquisition behaviors from language disorders___________________________3.82

Properly interpret diverse cultural values/behaviors as instructional strengths ________________________3.82

Deliver culturally / linguistically responsive instruction__________________________________3.76

Identify instructional/assessment bias ____________3.76

Here's what students say about program online experiences

* Interesting material that related to educational topics

* Very useful course prompts for thinking critically

* Interactions and learning from peers

* If not for online, I would not be able to get masters    

  at this time in my life

* Online learning has allowed me to continue

  my education

Double Endorsement Unique Program Features

* Integrated SEG and CLDE content in program courses

* Guidance in distinguishing language acquisition/

   learning differences from language/learning disabilities

* Preparation to deliver intensive intervention    

  in MTSS framework

* Completion of over 250 hours of fieldwork and


* Online and onsite delivery structures

* Focus on expertise to deliver culturally and

   linguistically responsive special education

   assessment and instruction, family-

   community engagement, and IEP development













Here's what School Administrators and Colleagues Say about Program Scholars:

Teacher "has become a valuable resource to our staff,  sharing and modeling effective strategies for teaching

diverse learners, as well as learners with special needs"

Teacher "has exhibited great leadership skills"

Teacher "ensures that our school is developing culturally responsive IEPs and setting appropriate goals for our linguistically diverse students"

Teacher "has the potential to be an incredible special education teacher"

Teacher "will excel as a leader throughout her years in education"

Contemporary Educational Training 

Successful education of diverse learners with  

disabilities is shaped by expertise in the three

interrelated skill-set areas of Exceptionality, Diversity and Equity:


Delivering strength-based education in accessible learning environments


Valuing culturally and linguistically diverse qualities, teachings, and values in education


Providing student access to quality teaching

and learning in inclusive educational learning environments

From the Program Director Dr. John J. Hoover


"If seeking preparation to serve culturally and linguistically diverse students with and without disabilities in inclusive learning environments, consider the University of Colorado Boulder School of Education contemporary graduate-level degree program"


Note: Program completion includes the MA degree and two Colorado state K-12 teaching endorsements:    1) Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education; 2) Special Education Generalist


Non-Colorado residents should consult their state department of education endorsement requires for alignment with the Double Endorsement MA Degree Program Courses 


Quick Facts

Program includes a 12-course, 37-credit hour Colorado state accredited degree completed on a part-time basis over a three-year period. Program is delivered using both online and onsite formats.

Given that program participants are practicing teachers, one course is completed during the Spring and Fall terms each, and two courses each summer.

Degree program provides practicing educators with equitable skill sets necessary to effectively teach a variety of diverse learners within MTSS focusing on students:

(a) acquiring English as an additional language including those receiving special education

(b) who are at-risk in today’s schools and classrooms

Courses are taught by faculty with experiences specific to supporting unique urban and rural education learning qualities. 

When delivered online, the CU Boulder Double Endorsement MA Degree Program has been designed to maximize learner experiences with both synchronous and asynchronous tasks supported by application of acquired knowledge and skills through required course field work and related benchmark assignments.

Each course is instructor facilitated with virtual office hours, periodic whole/small group onsite or online class sessions, as well as student-student virtual interactive learning experiences.


Program is often delivered through federal/state funded grants. Select current and previous projects:

Diversity Endorsement and Community Engagement (DECE) Project

Rural Educator and Diversity Endorsement (REDE) Project

Low Incidence and Diversity Endorsement (LIDE) Project

Double Endorsement Project (DEP)

NE Colorado Cohort Project






                        Required Double Endorsement Program Courses



Introduction to Bilingual/ESL and Special Education

Provides a comprehensive survey of bilingual/special education legislation, theories of learning, and programs to meet diverse needs.

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Education of Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders

Discusses characteristics and individual educational learning needs of students with mild to severe disabilities.

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Strategies for Teaching Students with Special Needs

Educational methods and materials for teaching students with learning and behavior challenges.

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Research Issues in Special Education

Provides practical experience in the review, critique, conceptualization, and writing of research studies in special and culturally/linguistically diverse education.

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Curriculum and Assessment for Special Learners

Includes both theoretical and applied aspects of assessment for learners with suspected disabilities.

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Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual/ESL Education

Covers assessment for culturally and linguistically diverse learners with particular attention to language assessment.

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Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners

Presents current and emerging philosophies/strategies to teaching reading to English learners.

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Second Language Acquisition

Presents a broad survey of second-language acquisition research. Stresses theoretical concerns and best practices.

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Methods for Teaching ESL

Covers instructional methods for teaching English as a second language.

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Proseminar: Parent and Community Involvement

Focuses on models and strategies for improving family and community engagement in the schools.

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Collaboration to Meet Special Needs

Addresses collaboration in culturally/linguistically diverse and special education including strategies for collaboration among educators, families, and community members.

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Practicum in Bilingual/ESL/Special Education

200 hours of supervised teaching and related professional development in elementary and secondary special and culturally/linguistically diverse education. Includes work with diverse learners and those with special needs.

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Culminating Task:

Comprehensive Portfolio is submitted during last term.

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