Deadline:  Students may apply for non-degree status until the first day of classes for the semester or until classes are filled. See the academic calendar for semester start dates. Please complete the application for Non-degree Admissions. Non-degree status students pay graduate tuition rates.

The English Department at the University of Colorado Denver offers a Graduate Certificate in Teaching College-level Language and Literacy (TCLL). It fulfills the increasing needs of educators seeking to deepen and to broaden their content specialization. It allows students at the graduate level to specialize in an area of study within the broader field of English. The certificate does not grant state licensure. It ensures competency for those who already are licensed, provides documentation in expertise for those teaching in community colleges, and enables specialization for those with a master degree in related fields (e.g., education and humanities).

This certificate offers a combination of online and on-campus courses.

Program Learning Goals 

General Requirements

Candidates must possess a Bachelor of Arts in any field. Certificate students must maintain a 3.0 GPA with no courses below a B-. All courses must be taken at the graduate level and in residence at CU Denver. 18 credit hours are required to obtain the certificate.

I. Required Courses (12 credit hours) 

  • ENGL 5093 – Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL 5135 – English Language Study
  • ENGL 5155 – Genres of Writing OR

  • ENGL 5165 – Literacy and Technology 
  • ENGL 5601 – Principles and Practices of Second Language Acquisition OR
  • ENGL 5651 – Second Language Writing

II. Electives (6 credit hours) 

Choose 2 graduate-level courses (may include 6 hours of Denver Writing Project Summer Institute)

Additional Information: 

Rodney Herring, Associate Professor

Office: 1061 9th St. Park, Room 102