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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 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.


Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Cumbres Graduates!


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.


Give to Cumbres

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

"I just wanted to send a quick email saying thank you so much for everything you helped me to learn during my time with Cumbres. I am about one month into my second school year of teaching science classes in Diriomo, Nicaragua with the Peace Corps...This has been without a doubt one of the most rewarding and eye-opening years of my life, and it would not have been possible if not for the opportunities presented to me at UNC...As I go through my days here, I'm consistently amazed by how often I refer back to lessons I hadn't even realized I'd been learning."

-Caedi Coler, 2015 Cumbres Graduate