Master of Arts in Multilingual and Multicultural Studies


The M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Studies is designed to provide needed knowledge and skills for the following professionals:

  • K-12 Bilingual educators and instructional specialists/curriculum writers
  • K-12 ESL and world language instructional specialists/curriculum writers
  • Adult ESL instructors and program directors
  • Community and nonprofit leaders working with linguistically and culturally diverse families
  • Sociologists focused on multilingual and multicultural populations

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

In the program, students will gain the following skills and experiences:
  • Application of knowledge of various multilingual populations to practice
  • Understanding of bilingualism, biliteracy, and second language acquisition
  • Critical perspectives on race, language, and culture
  • Development of academically and scholarly writing in English and other languages as students choose
  • Engagement with practitioner and research audiences through presentations
  • Learn-by-doing through service learning and other real life course assignments


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

30 semester credit hours (SCH).

First Year
EDUC 5173Diversity in the Classroom 3
READ 5923Biliteracy and Multilingualism 3
 SCHs 6
EDBE 5413Teaching Reading and Other Language Arts to Linguistically Different Learners 3
EDBE 5643Sociolinguistics 3
 SCHs 6
EDBE 5633Education in Culturally Diverse Environments 3
EDBE 5333
or 5653
Curriculum for Bilingual Education: Methods and Materials
or Second Language Acquisition: Theories and Practices
 SCHs 6
Second Year
READ 5423Literacy: Practice to Theory 3
READ 5443Literacy: Assessment and Instruction 3
 SCHs 6
READ 5453Processes and Strategies for Comprehending Texts 3
READ 5513Literacy and the Diverse Learner 3
 SCHs 6
 Total SCHs:  30