What is Cumbres?

We are a scholarship and support program for students who are planning to become ESL teachers.  Our goal is to support, encourage and prepare you to be an effective and compassionate teacher of English learners.

Cumbres is a Learning Community

We are committed to student success and making you the most qualified teacher candidate when you graduate.  As a member of the program, you are expected to participate fully in the four components: Living Community, Learning Community, Mentorship and Leadership Development.

What is ESL?

ESL means English as a Second Language.  It is also known as Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) education.  

This endorsement will give you the skills to teach students whose first language is not English.  There is a foreign language requirement to complete the endorsement, but you do not need to be fluent in another language.


We offer a renewable scholarship of $750/semester to all Cumbres students who maintain a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA and meet the requirements of the program.