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 bilingual teachers in the Denver Public School District to simultaneously earn a Master of Arts in Education, Equity and Cultural Diversity, a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) endorsement, and a Bilingual Specialist endorsement through the University of Colorado Boulder!

Teachers Improving Learning in Dual Education (TILDE) Project is a National Professional Development (NPD) funded project offered by the Office of English Language Acquisition (OELA) at the U.S. Department of Education. Bilingual/Dual language teachers in Denver Public Schools graduating from this project will earn a Master of Arts degree in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity (EECD) and a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD)/ Bilingual Specialist Endorsement. Funding from this grant will pay for all tuition costs. Materials and book costs will need to be covered by the student. In addition to developing teachers’ skills and understanding in teaching bilingual learners, the project will also focus on developing teachers’ abilities to engage with families and the community by including a parent/community engagement component to each of the courses in the program. In order to meet the grant’s competitive priority, a randomized control trial will be conducted to test the efficacy of a dual language writing strategy found to meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence standards. Participating teachers will need to implement this strategy in Fall 2020. This program will deliver two courses in Spanish and most courses will be held in a dual language/bilingual school in DPS.

The 25 teachers selected to participate in this program will form a cohort that will begin taking classes Spring 2020 and will finish taking classes Summer 2022. Teachers are expected to take one class each fall and spring and two classes each summer until all required credits have been earned (30-31 credits total). Fall and spring courses generally meet once per week from approximately 5:00-7:30 p.m. Each summer class meets for 3-4 weeks every weekday for 3 hours (e.g. M-F, 9:00-12:00). Two summer classes, therefore, will involve 6-8 weeks of your summer vacation.

Classes are coordinated by the staff of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education and CU Boulder School of Education. Courses will likely be located at a DPS school. If selected to participate, you will commit to taking all courses with your cohort group, commute to the course location, pay for all books and materials, participate in the research studies, and 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 Spring 2020 to Summer 2022.

Also, see the Lotta Lara lesson plans developed through the TILDE project.

Below are the course requirements:

Tentative Schedule of Courses (Cohort II)

Sem/Yr   Course Prefix/Title
Spr/20   EDUC 5425 – Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Educ.
Sum/20   EDUC 5035 – Pro Seminar: Parent & Community Involvement
Sum/20   EDUC 5615 – Second Language Acquisition
Fall/20   EDUC 5455 – *Literacy for Linguistically Different Students
Spr/21   EDUC 5605 – Research Methods in Bilingual/ESL Education
Sum/21   EDUC 5445 – Curriculum for Multicultural Education
Sum/21   EDUC 5535 – Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual/ESL Education
Fall/21   EDUC 5625 – ESL/SSL Methods
Spr/22   EDUC 5595 – Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education
Sum/22   EDUC 5435 – *Materials & Methods in Bilingual/ESL Educ.
    *Courses taught in Spanish/English




  • This program is only for current Denver Public School District teachers
  • The applicant must have an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Must have teacher licensure
  • Must be a Colorado resident


Before applying online, please prepare your resume, 3 essay questions (see below) and contact information for 2 professional references.

Essay Questions: At least one must be in Spanish. 3 page limit.

1)    Describe your past work experiences in education, including teaching and other experiences related to working with diverse/bilingual student populations.

2)    Discuss your reasons for wanting to earn a Master’s degree in Education, Equity, and Cultural Diversity education (be specific).

3)    Discuss why you feel you should be considered for this program.


The deadline of September 13, 2019 has passed.

Contact information:

Dr. Deena Gumina, Project Director
Dr. Sandra Butvilofsky - Principal Investigator
Mary Beth Snow & Elizabeth Silva Diaz

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

Office: 303-492-6043
Fax: 303-492-2883