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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:


Cumbres in the News:




Cumbres Cohort

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 wanted to let you know that Leyla is teaching kindergarten in Duval County public schools in an urban school in Jacksonville Florida.  She has a class of 26 kindergarten English language learners from all over the world.  She has...few resources...all her students are low income and the state just took all the books off her shelves but she is thriving! She loves her career and is an amazing teacher.  She is a hero. We are so proud of her and so grateful for the wonderful education she received at UNC and in the Cumbres program."

-Leyla Salinas, Early Childhood Education, CLD Endorsement & Cumbres Graduate December 2021