Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Studies
The Whitworth School of Education's Cultural & Linguistic Diversity Studies in Education Program continues to provide scholarly courses and practical fieldwork in response to the growing need for skillful engagement with diversity's richness across the many spectrums of society. The CLD courses – both online and on campus – address the dual influences of language and culture on student achievement and engagement. Crucial elements in these courses include methods for the instruction and assessment of English learners, integration of core content with language acquisition standards, and second-language-acquisition research. In addition to these components, our CLD courses and ELL endorsement also address how issues of cultural diversity, such as poverty, affect instruction and assessment practices.
Courses from the CLD program may be applied toward an English Language Learner Endorsement and/or toward elective credits in Whitworth's various master's-degree programs within the School of Education. To complete the ELL endorsement in Washington State, students must earn a passing score on the West-E ELL exam. The ELL credits must be completed at the graduate level (500-level) in order to include those credits as part of a master’s degree.