Undergraduate Catalog 2021-2022

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (Grades K-12)

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Elementary, Secondary & K-12 Education
K-12 ESL/CLD Endorsement

This endorsement program in Teaching English as a Second Language/Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (ESL/CLD) provides the student with the study of the structures of English and with the theory and practice related to the teaching of English as a second language. Students successfully completing this program will be recommended for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse K-12 endorsement. This program must be completed in conjunction with the Elementary Education, Secondary Education or K-12 licensure program. This program has admissions requirements described below.

Pre-Endorsement Classes:

Students interested in earning an ESL/CLD Endorsement are accepted as pre-ESL Endorsement students if they meet the general admissions requirements of the university. Formal application to the University is made to and obtained from UNC's Office of Admissions.

Students are strongly encouraged to take either HISP 111 Introduction to Hispanic Literature or MAS 110 Contemporary Chicano Literature to fulfill LAC Literature and Humanities. In addition, students may take MAS 275 or HISP 395 before acceptance into the program. Students enrolled in the Urban Education Program follow only the admission requirements for that program. Students are highly encouraged to study abroad.

Admissions Requirements:

The designation of pre-ESL/CLD Endorsement does not assure admission to the ESL/CLD Endorsement Program. A separate application and admission process is required for students to enroll in the ESL/CLD endorsement courses. Students must submit the Application for Admission to ESL/CLD Endorsement. Information is available in the School of Teacher Education office located in McKee 216. The application includes:

  • Application form, including GPA information
  • Major/minor change form
  • Other materials as designated

The following factors will be considered in the selection of students:

A student's GPA will be a consideration in the selection of those students admitted to the ESL/CLD Endorsement.

Students who are part of the Cumbres program must additionally submit a letter of good standing from the Cumbres director with their application for admissions.

ESL/CLD Endorsement students must maintain a “C-” (1.67) or better average in all the ESL/CLD courses and in MAS/TESL required courses. Faculty reserves the right to place on probation or to require the withdrawal from the ESL/CLD program of any student who in their professional judgment fails to satisfy the requirements of scholarship, commitment, performance, or disregard for the UNC Honor Code. Applicants accepted into the program may be dismissed from the program if faculty recommend dismissal based on course or practicum performance.

Students may use courses to satisfy multiple requirements in the LAC, Elementary Education Major credits, Elementary Education ESL/CLD Concentration, and/or the TESL/CLD Endorsement.

Endorsement Requirements — 24 credits

Required — 12 credits

TESL 350Second Language Acquisition


TESL 380Introduction to Linguistics for ESL/CLD Educators


TESL 400Methods and Approaches of ESL/EFL


TESL 401TESL Practicum


Choose one of the following courses: 3 credits

MAS 100Introduction to Mexican American StudiesLAB3LAMS


MAS 110Contemporary Chicano LiteratureLAA2LAMS


MCS 101Multiculturalism in the United States: Concepts and Issues


Choose one of the following courses: 3 credits

MAS 275Education of Mexican American Students


HISP 395History and Philosophy of Bilingual Education


World Language Requirement: 3 credits

Any World Language course at any level

Student Teaching: 3 credits

Because students are required to student teach in classrooms with English learners, three credits of EDFE 444, EDSE 444, STEP 464, EDEL 444 or faculty approved equivalent student teaching experience may be applied to CLD Endorsement requirements.


Students must complete MAS 275 or HISP 395, TESL 350, TESL 380, and TESL 400 before taking TESL 401. Students must student teach in a classroom with English learners.

Students who are completing the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) Bilingual Education Specialist (Grades K-12) endorsement option should take ECLD 450, HISP 395, and SPAN 412 and student teach in a bilingual classroom. TESL 400 and TESL 401 are not required for dual endorsement students.