Maria Del Carmen Salazar


Professional Biography

Dr. María del Carmen Salazar is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education in the areas of Curriculum Studies and Teaching. Her doctorate is in bilingual and multicultural foundations of education. Dr. Salazar’s research and teaching fields include teacher education, teacher evaluation, humanizing pedagogy, and college readiness for Latina/o students. Dr. Salazar has authored numerous U.S. and international academic journal articles and book chapters, and given scholarly presentations on her research areas. In addition, she is the lead author of a widely circulated policy document titled, The State of Latinos 2008: Defining an agenda for the future. This document was presented to members of the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C. and distributed to all members of the U.S. Congress. Dr. Salazar served on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission to design a teacher identifier system for the state of Colorado. She served on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) to revise model content standards and develop learning progressions for beginning teacher licensing, assessment, and development. Salazar currently serves on the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) Board of Directors and Equity and Diversity Committee.


  • Ph.D., Education, Equity & Cultural Diversity - Social, Multicultural, & Bilingual Foundations of Education, University of Colorado at Boulder, Unversity of Colorado at Boulder, 2004
  • MA, Curriculum & Instruction , Univeristy of Denver, 1995
  • BA, Psychology, Univeristy of Colorado at Denver, 1993

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Higher Education Resources and Services Institute (HERS)
  • Secondary Social Studies Teaching Certificate