Adams 12 Master of Arts and CLD Endorsement Program


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 2018.

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 first cohort of 30 teachers selected to participate in this program will begin taking classes Spring 2018 and will finish taking classes Summer 2020. Most courses will be held in the Adams 12 district (exact location to be determined). 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 4:30-7:30 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.

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 Spring 2018 to Summer 2020.

Below are the course requirements:


Semester CourseHrs
Spring/18 EDUC 5425 – Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Educ.3
Summer/18 EDUC 5615 – Second Language Acquisition
EDUC 5035 – Pro Seminar: Parent and Community Involvement
Fall/18 EDUC 5455 – Literacy for Linguistically Different Students3
Spring/19 EDUC 5445 – Curriculum for Multicultural Education
EDUC 5625 – ESL Methods
Summer/19 EDUC 5535 – Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual/ESL Education
EDUC 5435 – Materials and Methods in Bilingual/ESL Educ.
Fall/19 EDUC 5605 – Research Methods in Bilingual/ESL Education3
Spring/20 EDUC 5595 – Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education4



  • This program is only for current Adams 12 School District teachers
  • The applicant must have earned an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or better
  • Must have teacher licensure
  • Must be a Colorado resident


A complete application will include the following: the online application form, 3 essay questions, 2 recommendation letters, and a current resume.


Your application, essay questions, resume, and 2 letters of recommendation must be received by 11:59 PM on November 17, 2017.

Contact information:

David Nieto
Principal Investigator & Program Director

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