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Multicultural Studies in Education M.S. with Bilingual or ESL and Special Education Specializations

Put Your People and Language Skills to a Rewarding Use

The College of Education at University of Houston-Clear Lake offers a Master of Science in Multicultural Studies in Education with the option of adding supplemental certificates either in English as a Second Language (ESL) or Bilingual Education, as well as Special Education. Teachers with specialized skills for teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse settings make a difference in the lives of children. Statistics show a serious shortage of bilingual and ESL teachers in many urban and rural school districts – especially ones with experience in special education.

ESL teachers work with non-English speakers to improve their reading, comprehension, and speaking of the English language. Bilingual education teachers instruct in two languages, which helps strengthen students’ native languages while building English proficiency and mastery of grade-level content. 

Great Teaching Matters. Become a Teacher and Change Lives.

This interdisciplinary Master of Science program will enhance your understanding of issues affecting public school students from a range of cultural and linguistic backgrounds. The program is designed to prepare you comprehensively at an advanced level so you can deal effectively with the many multicultural issues and concerns that exist in schools today.

Graduates with this degree can pursue careers in public schools, community colleges and non-school settings. Depending upon specialized coursework, graduates’ career options may include bilingual or ESL teacher, school district multicultural education/diversity coordinator, ESL teacher for the community college and non-school settings, adult literacy or continuing education teacher – and all with a focus in special education.
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Admission Requirements

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Degree Requirements

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Spring 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
    Former UHCL Students - January 21
  • Summer 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 1
    Former UHCL Students - May 25
  • Fall 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 1
    Former UHCL Students - August 10
  • Spring 2021
    New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
    Former UHCL Students - January 19

Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.

Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.

  • International Deadlines
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    Priority – February 1
    Final – April 20

Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline

*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.


  University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

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Accreditations and Distinctions

UHCL’s College of Education graduate and undergraduate programs are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation for both initial teacher preparation and advanced educator preparation. We’re one of only 14 educator preparation programs in Texas to hold this accreditation. The College of Education is also accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency and holds accreditations from a number of organizations for individual specializations and certification programs.

We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.

Multicultural Studies in Education M.S. with Bilingual or ESL and Special Education Specializations Faculty

Leslie Gauna

Leslie Gauna

Assistant Professor of ESL/Bilingual Education,

Contact number: 281-283-3576
Email: gauna@uhcl.edu
Office: B1325

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Lisa Jones
Lisa Jones

Lisa Jones

Associate Professor of Multicultural Education,

Contact number: 281-283-3551
Email: jonesl@uhcl.edu
Office: 1325-07

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Judith Marquez
Judith Márquez

Judith Márquez

Department Chair of Counseling, Special Education and Diversity and Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Education ,

Contact number: 281-283-3591
Email: marquez@cl.uh.edu
Office: 1325-06

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Laurie Weaver
Laurie Weaver

Laurie Weaver

Professor of Bilingual and Multicultural Education,

Contact number: 281-283-3584
Email: weaver@uhcl.edu
Office: 1325-12

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