Equity, Bilingualism and Biliteracy (EBB) offers a course of study devoted to the critical examination of theory, practice and policy in two major areas of emphasis: the education of culturally and linguistically diverse students and the education of students with disabilities. The program stresses analysis, evaluation and implementation of educational programs for students who represent diverse learning needs within the public school system. School culture, language policies and the social and political context of schooling are examined across emphases. Policies that affect the assessment, placement and services provided for exceptional children also are examined.
Areas of Emphasis
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Emphasis
The School of Education offers the master's degree in EBB with an emphasis in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education. Completion of this program qualifies one for a Colorado endorsement in the area of Culturally & Linguistically Diverse education (K-12). Some candidates may also be eligible for the Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Specialist: Bilingual Education endorsement. Please contact the School of Education for details.
The program provides a range of direct experiences in bilingual/multicultural/ELD education with the opportunity to develop skills and expertise essential to the work of educators of the bilingual/emerging bilingual learner. The overall purpose of the program is to develop sound bilingual/multicultural/ELD competencies in teachers and school leaders. Program coursework includes foundations of bilingual/ multicultural education, assessment practices and issues, methods in bilingual and ELD, biliteracy, family/community engagement, and a ﬁeld- based practicum. Participation in the program may be on a part-time basis. International students seeking participation in this program should consult with a faculty advisor before applying for admission and must complete a practicum in a U.S. K-12 public school. This program is not appropriate for individuals wishing to teach English as a foreign language in other countries
Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Ed/Special Ed Generalist Emphasis
The School of Education offers the master's degree in EBB with an emphasis in bilingual/ELD special education. Completion of this program qualifies one for teacher license endorsements in two areas of Special Education Generalist (K-12) and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse education (K-12). Program graduates are employed in both general and special education programs. The program offers courses in foundations in special and ELD/bilingual/multicultural education; assessment issues and practices in bilingual/ELD special education; methods of bilingual, ELD and special education; biliteracy; family and community engagement; and a field-based practicum. This program is not suitable for international students seeking preparation in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). This is a part-time program for practicing educators with courses offered evenings and summers. This program is designed to be completed over a three-year period.
Social/Multicultural/Bilingual Education Emphasis
This program is a non-endorsement degree with an interdisciplinary focus. The program offers courses in foundations of bilingual/multicultural education, curriculum and methods in multicultural education, and curriculum theory. Participation in the program may be on a part-time or full-time basis.
- Social/Multicultural/Bilingual Education (Non-Endorsement) Plan
- Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (CO CLD Endorsement) Plan
- Special Education Generalist and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education (CO Dual Endorsement) Plan
Students in the Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity MA program will:
- Develop pedagogical expertise in planning for instruction and effectively teaching bi/multilingual students and/or students with identified special needs in PK-12th grade settings.
- Understand the complex interaction of language, culture, identity and learning in and out of schools.
- Develop the knowledge and skills to advocate on behalf of culturally and linguistically diverse learners in schools.
- Build effective partnerships with communities and families in the pursuit of educational equity and opportunity.
- Embrace a holistic/dynamic bilingual lens and an anti-racist stance in making decisions regarding policy, programs, assessment, curriculum and instruction.
- For CLD and Dual Endorsement Programs: Meet requirements for the State of Colorado Endorsement in Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in Education.
- For Double Endorsement Program: Meet requirements for the State of Colorado Endorsement in Special Education.