TILDE Denver Public Schools Masters/Endorsement Scholarship


This is an opportunity for 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!

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 reading strategy found to meet the What Works Clearinghouse Evidence standards. Participating teachers will need to implement this strategy in Fall 2018. This program will deliver three 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 2018 and will finish taking classes Summer 2020. 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. 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 study, 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 2018 to Summer 2020.

Below are the course requirements:


Semester Course PrefixTitleHrs
Spr/18EDUC 5035*Pro Seminar: Parent & Community Involvement3
Sum/18 EDUC 5425Introduction to Bilingual/Multicultural Educ. 3
Sum/18 EDUC 5615Second Language Acquisition3
Fall/18 EDUC 5455*Literacy for Linguistically Different Students 3
Spr/19 EDUC 5435*Materials & Methods in Bilingual/ESL Educ. 3
Sum/19 EDUC 5535Diagnostic Testing in Bilingual/ESL Education 3
Sum/19 EDUC 5445Curriculum for Multicultural Education3
Fall/19 EDUC 5625*ESL Methods3
Spr/20 EDUC 5595Practicum in Bilingual/ESL Education4
Sum/20 EDUC 5605Research Methods in Bilingual/ESL Education3
*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.


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

Contact information:

Sandra Butvilofsky
Principal Investigator & Program Director

BUENO Center for Multicultural Education
School of Education, 247 UCB
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0247
Email: Sandra.Butvilofsky@colorado.edu
Office: 303-492-6043
Fax: 303-492-2883