NOTICE: This program is closed to new applications.

Please contact Tammy Molinar-LeBlanc - Director of Field Graduate Cohorts,, with questions on possible upcoming opportunities and/or to be put on the waiting list for future grant and district cohorts.



This is an opportunity for teachers in the Adams 12 Five Star School District to simultaneously earn a Master of Arts in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement!

The Adams 12 Five Star School District Master of Arts and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Endorsement Program is a National Professional Development (NPD) funded project offered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at the U.S. Department of Education. The project will provide two cohorts of teachers in the Adams 12 Five Star School District an opportunity to earn a Master of Arts degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement. Funding from this grant will pay for all tuition costs. Materials and book costs will need to be covered by the student. In order to meet the grant's competitive priority, a randomized control trial will be conducted to test the effectiveness of Peer Tutoring and Response Groups recommended by the What Works Clearinghouse. Participating teachers will need to implement this strategy starting Fall 2020.

In addition to developing teachers' skills and understanding in teaching bilingual learners, a key feature of the project will be a parent and community involvement component designed to provide parents opportunities to be actively involved in their children’s education. The project will also offer a Leadership Academy to principals and other school leaders during the summer months over the five-year project.

The second cohort of 30 teachers selected to participate in this program will begin taking classes Summer 2020 and will finish taking classes Summer 2022.
Courses will be held in Adams 12. The anticipated course schedule is included below. Fall and spring
courses generally meet once per week from approximately 4:30-7:00 p.m. Each
summer class is scheduled 3 weeks (June/July), 3 days face to face with 1 online day
per week, 3 hours (9:00-12 noon).


Semester Year Prefix Course Credit Hours



2020 EDUC
Introduction to Bilingual/
Multicultural Education

Pro Seminar: Parent &
Comm. Involvement



Fall 2020 EDUC
Second Language Acquisition 3.0
Spring 2021 EDUC
Literacy for Ling.
Different Students
Diagnostic Testing in


Summer 2021 EDUC
Curriculum for
Multicultural Education

Literacy for Linguistically
Different Learners



Fall 2021 EDUC
Research Issues in
Bilingual and ESL
Spring 2022 EDUC
Practicum in
Bilingual/ESL Educ.
Summer 2022 EDUC
Materials and Methods in

Classes are coordinated by the staff of The BUENO Center for Multicultural Education and CU Boulder School of Education. If selected to participate, you will commit to taking all courses with your cohort group, commute to the course location (within the district), pay for all books and materials, participate in the research study, attend class and complete all assignments. In exchange, your course tuition is paid by the grant.  

Tuition for this program is provided through a Federal Grant. As such, the funding period is limited to the time period outlined above.
Students must make continued steady progress to complete the program before the funding expires and remain with their cohort from Summer 2020 to Summer 2022.

Scholarship Application


  • Current Adams 12 School District elementary teachers
  • The applicant must have earned an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Must have Colorado teacher licensure
  • Must be a Colorado resident

Before Applying

Please prepare:

  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Contact info for 2 references who agree to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf
  • Answers to these 3 essay questions:
    • Describe your past work experiences in education, including those related to working with English Language Learners and diverse student populations.
    • Discuss ways in which you include parents in your classroom.
    • Describe reasons for wanting to participate in this program. Specifically, why do you want to earn a Master's degree in Education, Equity, and Cultural Diversity.


Your application, transcript, resume, 3 essay questions, and 2 letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 PM on December 17th, 2019.

Contact information

Estella Almanza, Ph.D. Project Director
David Nieto, Ph.D. Principal Investigator

BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
School of Education, 247 UCB
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0247

Office: 303-492-1968
Fax: 303-492-2883