Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Certificates

The Morgridge College of Education offers graduate certificates in the following areas:

  • Gifted Education
  • Special Education
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education

Certificate in Gifted Education

The Gifted Education Certificate program through the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver is intended to increase the level of knowledge, expertise and understanding of educators working with students who are gifted.

The required courses intend to raise awareness of the unique characteristics, emotional/social needs, identification challenges and other issues associated with students who are gifted. Those who seek to work with gifted and talented students will gain an understanding of trends, policies and guidelines to ensure implementation of appropriate academic curriculum, differentiation strategies, identification, educational interventions, and support for this diverse population.

This certificate, which may lead to a Core Endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education, is 24 credit hours. The Certificate can be earned in four (4) to eight (8) academic quarters (one to two years) depending on the number of hours taken each quarter.  Students should expect to spend extensive time on gifted education projects and coursework. Learning formats include in-person sessions, inquiry projects, various online activities and fieldwork.

Certificate programs provide substantial education in a specific academic discipline or on a coherent and freestanding body of knowledge. The certificate issued at the completion of the program represents the achievement of competence in a well-defined area of study.

  • 24 credit-hours
    • Course location varies and may be offered online, on campus, or off-site.
    • Completion time varies depending on number of credit hours taken each academic quarter.
  • Applicants must be a licensed educator
  • Course Requirements:
    • Psychological Aspects of the Gifted (CUI 44013, credit hours)
    • Curriculum for Gifted Learners (CUI 4402, 3 credit hours)
    • Instructional Strategies for Gifted (CUI 440, 3 credit hours)
    • Twice Exceptional Students (CUI 44043, credit hours)
    • Special Topics in Identification of the Gifted (CUI 44073, credit hours)
    • Creativity: Theory and Practice (CUI 4408, 3 credit hours)
    • Program Development, Leadership and Communication (CUI 4410, 3 credit hours)
    • Race, Class, and Gender (CUI 4160, 3 credit hours)
  • Cohort options:
    • Non-District Specific Cohort (DU Campus): Open to all aspiring educators seeking specialization in Gifted Education
    • District Specific Cohort: serves educators working in Colorado school districts.

NOTE: The Non-District Specific Cohort (DU Campus) is open to applicants from any district or educational setting (private, charter, etc.) and applicants who are not currently working in an educational setting. The district specific cohorts are designed for applicants who work within specific districts. Contact admission with any questions.

Upon successful completion of the Gifted Education certificate, students will be eligible to apply for the Colorado CORE Endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets endorsement requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking endorsement in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets endorsement requirements.

Members of each cohort receive an attractive funding package. For more information, visit our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

In addition, financial support is available for research projects completed within the program.

One to two years

NOTE: Upon completion of the certificate and an admission application, students can take an additional twenty-one (21) credits (seven courses) to complete a master’s degree in C&I with a specialization in Gifted Education.

Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education
Dr. Norma Hafenstein
303-871-2527, KRH 359
Norma.Hafenstain@du.edu 

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan
303-871-7013
Kara.Duggan@du.edu

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

Certificate in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE)

In the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (CLDE) certificate, students complete courses to prepare them to be evidence-based practitioners and researchers who integrate culturally responsive pedagogy and the cultural, language, cognitive, and academic needs of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in communities and classroom practices. If you have a teaching license, this certificate qualifies as the state approved CLDE endorsement.  All DU students can earn a stand-alone 24-credit certificate in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education or combine the certificate with one of our degree programs: MA, EdD, and PhD C & I degrees.

  • 24 quarter credits
  • Applicants must be a licensed educator
  • Course Requirements:
    • Foundations of Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (CUI 4529, 3 credits)
    • Language and Cultural Issues in Assessment and Instruction (CUI 4536, 3 credits)
    • Literacy and Language Development for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (CUI 4538, 3 credits)
    • Language Development and Strategies for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners (CUI 4531, 3 credits)
    • Critical Perspectives: Democracy, Power, and Privilege (CUI 4305, 3 credits)
    • Curriculum Theory into Practice (CUI 4022, 3 credits)
    • Family-School Partnering and Consultation (CFSP 4330, 3 credits)
    • Humanizing Pedagogies (CUI 4047, 3 credits)

Upon successful completion of the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education certificate, students can qualify for a CLDE endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) if they hold a Colorado teaching license. The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets endorsement requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking endorsement in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets endorsement requirements.

CLDE Certificate Lead
Dr. Kimberly Schmidt
303-871-2474, KRH 347
Kimberly.Schmidt@du.edu

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan
303-871-7013
Kara.Duggan@du.edu

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

Certificate in Special Education

In the Special Education certificate, students complete courses that prepare them to become evidence-based practitioners and researchers who optimize social-emotional, cognitive, academic, and behavioral outcomes for children with special needs. Through their coursework, they collaborate with families, community partners, and school personnel to enhance learning opportunities for children with special needs. Successful candidates apply theory to practice and research; they may qualify for district, school, or university leadership positions.

  • 24 quarter credits
  • Applicants must be a licensed educator
  • Course Requirements:
    • Foundations of Special Education: Inclusive Pedagogy for with Dis/Abilities (TEP 4010, 3 credits)
    • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Theory and Practice III (CUI 4542, 3 credits)
    • Learning Technologies and Behavior Analysis (CFSP 4312, 3 credits)
    • Literacy Instruction I (TEP 4590, 3 credits)
    • Literacy Instruction II (TEP 4591, 3 credits)
    • Mathematics Across the Content Areas (CUI 4505, 3 credits) OR Elementary Math Methods for Cultural Linguistic Diversity (CUI 4503, 3 credits)
    • Professional, Leadership, & Ethical Issues in Special Education: Birth to 21 (CFSP 4315, 3 credits)
    • Exceptionalities in Education: High Incidence Disabilities (CFSP 4305, 3 credits)

Upon successful completion of the Special Education certificate, students can qualify for a Special Education Generalist endorsement through the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) if they hold a Colorado teaching license. The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets endorsement requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking endorsement in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets endorsement requirements.

Department Chair
Dr. Rashida Banerjee
303-871-6597, KRH 245
Rashida.Banerjee@du.edu

Academic Services Associate
Kara Duggan
303-871-7013
Kara.Duggan@du.edu

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2509, KRH 110
mce@du.edu
Office Hours: By appointment only

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