PhD Degree Program in Social, Multicultural, and Bilingual Foundations of Education with an Emphasis in Education, Equity, and Cultural Diversity
About This Degree Program
The University of Colorado offers a Ph.D. degree program with an emphasis in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD). The doctoral program is specifically geared to preparing researchers and leadership personnel in the field of Bilingual Multicultural Education. Program graduates are typically employed in schools of education as faculty and/or researchers. Other graduates also serve in professional positions with state and federal education agencies as well as local school districts.
Each participant is expected to bring an appropriate Master's degree and professional background to the doctoral program. The exact nature of the M.A. and professional experience required for admission depends upon the career goals of the candidate, but most persons bring an M.A. in Bilingual/Multicultural Education or related degree, and experience in a bilingual classroom.
Candidates in the doctoral program are encouraged to attend full-time throughout their program.
The Ph.D. degree requires a minimum of 56 hours of course work plus a minimum of 30 hours of dissertation credit. Students with prior course work relevant to the Ph.D. emphasis may be eligible for a reduction in the credit hour requirement. Students may apply coursework from other qualifying institutions toward their degree, typically not to exceed 10 hours.
All PhD students are required to take the following seven courses in their first year:
- Perspectives on Classrooms Teaching and Learning (EDUC 8210)
- Qualitative Research Methods I (EDUC 8250)
- Quantitative Research Methods I (EDUC 8230)
- Introduction to Educational Research and Social Policy (EDUC 8220)
- Qualitative Research Methods II (EDUC 8260)
- Quantitative Research Methods II (EDUC 8240)
- Specialty Seminar (EDUC 8xxx, program area dependent)
All students must complete a two-part language/culture requirement. Part one consists of a seminar in multicultural education (EDUC 8014) taken fall semester of the second year. Part two consists of three distinct options to enhance linguistic/cultural understanding, from which students choose only one option. For additional information please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook.
A written comprehensive exam must be completed toward the end of the completion coursework. The examination will cover content of all work in the program. Candidates transferring coursework from other institutions for this program will be responsible for the same knowledge as those whose work has been taken entirely at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Candidates must be registered for coursework (which includes enrollment in reading or independent study courses) or dissertation hours during the semester in which they take the comprehensive exam.
Scholarly Product Requirement
All doctoral students in the School are required to complete, at a minimum, one scholarly product, typically before taking comprehensive examinations; other research endeavors prior to the dissertation are desirable. Presentations at professional meetings, technical research reports, and published articles and book reviews are typical ways in which the requirement is satisfied.
All students are required to write and publicly defend a dissertation under the supervision of a faculty committee composed of a chair and four other members.
Coourse Work Requirements*
|Studies in Educational and Cultural Diversity
EDUC xxxx-3 Elective from Bilingual/ESL or
Bilingual Special Education
EDUC 5615-3 Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 8804-3 Doctoral Seminar: Bilingual Special Education
EDUC 5425-3 Introduction to Bilingual Multicultural Education
EDUC 8804-3 Doctoral Research Seminar: Research in Bilingual Education
|Education Foundation Requirements
| 3 Hrs
EDUC 5075-3 Sociology of Education, or
EDUC 6325-3 Anthropology and Education
|Research and Statistics Requirements
| 12 Hrs
General School of Education Requirement
| 3 Hrs
EDUC 7326-3 Experimental Design and Analysis
EDUC 7336-3 Methods of Survey Research and Assessments
EDUC 7346-3 Ethnographic Methods in Educational Research
|Non-Education Course Requirements
| 3-6 Hrs
Three to six credit hours must be taken outside of the School of Education. These courses should be selected in consultation with your advisor
|Field Experience Requirements
| 2 Hrs
Practicum: All candidates must complete a practicum requirement of 50 hours of library support (within the first year of the program) and 50 hours of research and work with program faculty (within the first two years) of their program. (50 hours = 1 semester hour of credit)
| 4 Hrs
Internship: All candidates must complete 4 hours of internship (EDUC 8939-3) or document competence in all of the following areas: college teaching, classroom instruction, curriculum development, and research. It is recommended that this be completed in the second year of the program.
Candidates in this doctoral program may choose one of the following specialization areas. A minimum of 6-9 semester hours of specialization will be required. Courses in italics are required of all candidates. Courses from other departments may be selected as part of the specialization areas with the consent of your advisor.
1. Education and Curriculum for Diverse Populations
- EDUC 5035-3 Parent and Community Involvement
- EDUC 5435-3 Materials and Methods in Bilingual/Multicultural Education
- EDUC 5455-3 Literacy for Linguistically Different Learners
- EDUC 5535-3 Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual and Special Education
- EDUC 5625-3 Methods of Teaching ESL
- EDUC 5635-3 Sociolinguistics of Education
2. Educational Studies for Special Needs Populations
*Curriculum is under review. There may be changes in program specific requirements.
- EDUC 5505-3 The Education of Learning and Behavior Disordered Students
- EDUC 5545-3 Curriculum and Methods for the Moderately Handicapped I
- EDUC 5515-3 Curriculum and Methods for the Moderately Handicapped II
- EDUC 5525-3 Research and Evaluation in Special Education
- EDUC 5535-3 Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual and Special Education
- EDUC 7105-3 Issues and Consultation in Bilingual Education
General Requirements Criteria for Admission
Admissions decisions are based on multiple criteria, including undergraduate academic record, scores on the Graduate Record Examination (Quantitative, Verbal, Writing), letters of recommendation, evidence of special accomplishments (e.g., exemplary performance in research courses, completed research papers), and relevant past experience. The criteria are considered in the aggregate. Congruence between program and applicant goals is also an important consideration. The program has affirmative action goals and funding; women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.
All persons seeking admission to the Ph.D. program in Social and Multicultural & Bilingual Foundations of Education must meet the following minimum admission requirements.
- Master's degree from an accredited institution.
- Minimum 2.75 undergraduate grade point average.
- Minimum 3.00 grade point average in any post-baccalaureate degree program.
- Scores from the Graduate Record Examination
- Classroom teaching experience, or verified experience working with children with special needs.
- Bilingual competence in reading, writing, and speaking English and another language other than English (e.g., Spanish, Asian or American Indian languages).
- Cross-cultural sensitivity.
For more information, contact
Dr. Leonard Baca, program co-chair, Education 202, 303-492-5416; e-mail email@example.com
Dr. Kathy Escamilla, program co-chair, Education 205, 303-492-0147, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Janette Klingner, Education 240, Phone 303-492-0773; e-mail: email@example.com
Dr. Sue Hopewell , Education room 203, Phone 303/492-8479;
Dr. Guillermo Solano Flores, Education 205, 303-492-8863; e-mail: Guillermo.Solano@colorado.edu
Dr. Lucinda Soltero-González, Education 217, 303-492-8863; e-mail: Lucinda.Soltero@colorado.edu
Dr. Ruben Donato, Education 103, Phone 303/492-7946; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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