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What is Cumbres?

Welcome to the Cumbres program at UNC. We are a scholarship and support program for students who are planning to become CLD 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.

Cumbres is recognized nationally as an example of Excelencia in Education:




2021 Graduates

What is CLD?

CLD means Culturally and Linguistically Diverse 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.

Give to Cumbres

 Here is an article published by UNC Alumni Relations highlighting the impact that donors have for our students, please check it out.

If you would like to donate to help provide scholarships to Cumbres students, please click here.

"I can't tell you how wonderful it is to feel supported by this CUMBRES community still, even after I've graduated!! This is by far one of the best programs I've ever been a part of and I just wanted to say thank you for taking me in and helping me grow! I couldn't have done it all without you both. THANK YOU!! "
Kaitlin Yetzbacher, 2018 Cumbres Graduate & CLD Teacher