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 can be completed fully online, fully on campus, or a combination of the two.

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, with 18 credit hours required to obtain the certificate.

I. Required Courses (12 credit hours) 

  • ENGL 5093 – Teaching of Writing
  • ENGL 5155 – Genres of Writing OR
  • ENGL 5135 – English Language Study
  • ENGL 5651 – Second Language Writing OR
  • ENGL 5601 – Principles and Practices of Second Language Acquisition
  • ENGL 5165 – Literacy and Technology (synchronous on campus or online)

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

E-mail: Rodney.Herring@ucdenver.edu