Our Mission:

The Cumbres Teacher Preparation Program recruits, supports and mentors undergraduate students who pursue a degree in education (Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or Special Education) and who also declare an endorsement in English as a Second Language (ESL) to work with and support our growing numbers of linguistically and culturally diverse students in K-12 education.

** For details regarding program requirements, please refer to the Program tab **

Each year, Excelencia in Education releases the What Works for Latino Students in Higher Education Compendium. As part of the 2013 Compendium, we highlighted a number of programs that are conducting evidenced-based work in helping Latino students in a culturally competent way. Cumbres is highlighted in our essay section, entitled Culturally Compelling Strategies for Latino Students.   You can access the 2013 Compendium on our website at

Cumbres Facts

  • Cumbres has more than 80 current students seeking licensure endorsements in English as Second Language (ESL).
  • The average Cumbres student Grade Point Average (GPA) exceeds a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
  • More than 70% of Cumbres students are considered to be first-generation college students.
  • Cumbres students receive a $1,500 grant each year.

Some Cumbres students are members of UNC's:

  • Boettcher's Scholars
  • Daniel's Fund Scholars
  • Presidential Leadership Program.
  • University Honors Program
  • McNair Scholars Program
  • Stryker Institute for Leadership Development
  • Greek Life
  • Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish Honors Society)
  • Housing and Residential Education
  • Center for Human Enrichment
  • Cultural Centers

CUMBRES News and Upcoming Events

  • Check out our video promoting Cumbres!!!