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4+1 Ethnic Studies and Education BA/MA Degree Program

Are you interested in developing a better understanding of the social, political, and cultural factors influencing our diverse world? Are you passionate about social change in schools and communities?

The 4+1 Ethnic Studies and Education Concurrent Degree Program offers you an efficient and rigorous path toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies and a Master’s Degree in Education in five years.

The program invites highly focused ethnic studies students who are interested in applying their critical thinking skills and dedication to social justice to transformative careers in education.

Degrees Conferred

- Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies
- Master of Arts in Education

This highly structured program results in students earning a BA in Ethnic Studies and an MA in Education in five years of study. Students interested in this option should apply for admission early in their undergraduate career in order to ensure that they can fulfill all of its requirements.

This program offers two distinct Master’s degree pathways:

MA in Curriculum & Instruction + Teaching Licensure

MA in Educational Foundations, Policy and Practice

If you are interested in becoming a licensed teacher in Colorado and integrating ethnic studies materials into K-12 settings, this track is for you.

If you are interested in becoming an educator or research scholar poised to make a positive impact on education policy, this pathway is well suited for you.

Admissions

You may apply at the beginning of your junior year or at anytime thereafter prior to completion of your undergraduate studies. Applications are submitted to and reviewed by the School of Education.

Applicants must:

  1. Have declared Ethnic Studies as a major
  2. Have completed all MAPS requirements
  3. Have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Applications should include:

  1. Three letters of reference. Two letters must come from professors with whom you have taken Ethnic Studies or Education courses. The third letter may be from a professor, instructor, or supervisor in a community or educational setting
  2. Personal Statement
  3. 25 Hours of Youth Experience
  4. Colorado Department of Education authorized fingerprint card and required Colorado Department of Education fee

Applications should include:

  1. Three letters of reference. Two letters must come from professors with whom you have taken Ethnic Studies or Education courses. The third letter may be from a professor, instructor, or supervisor in a community or educational setting
  2. Personal Statement

Curriculum

All students must pursue the non-thesis option for the MA and satisfy the MA comprehensive examination requirement.

The comprehensive examination requirement is satisfied by the successful completion of the teacher research project during the capstone course, EDUC 6964: Inquiry in the Content Areas.

A total of 144 credit hours are required; up to six credit hours can be counted for both degrees.

Consult your advisor to chart your degree plan.

Curriculum

All students must pursue the non-thesis option for the MA degree and satisfy the MA comprehensive examination requirement.

There are two options for satisfying the comprehensive examination requirement: a major paper or take-home comprehensive examination. Each is followed by a 60-90 minute oral examination with a faculty committee. 

A total of 144 credit hours are required; up to six credit hours can be counted for both degrees.

Consult your advisor to chart your degree plan.

Continuation in the Program

Once admitted, students must:

  1. Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  2. Complete 6 credits of graduate-level coursework by the second semester of senior year.

The BA/MA has a required 5-year time limit. You must complete all requirements for the BA by the end of your 8th semester and complete all requirements for the MA by the end of your final 5th year.

Contact Us

Completing the 4+1 program requires careful planning. Consult your advisor early to help chart your degree plan.

Contact education advisors at edadvise@colorado.edu or 303-492-6555
Contact ethnic studies advisors at ethnicst@colorado.edu or 303-492-8852

The School of Education and Department of Ethnic Studies have partnered to support the 4+1 degree program that reflects each unit’s commitment to educational opportunity, diversity, and engaged scholarship examining how race and the interrelated categories of ethnicity, disabilities, language, gender, class, and sexuality impact the lives of people locally and globally.