Empower Your School's English Language Learners. Become an ENL Hernandez Fellow.
The ENL Hernandez Fellows are Catholic school teachers and principals who seek to deepen their expertise in educating linguistically diverse students. Hernandez Fellows take six graduate-level courses (18 credits) at Notre Dame during the summer and online throughout the year.
As Hernandez Fellows, teachers will learn to:
- Implement teaching strategies and lesson modifications to support English language learners
- Value the role of culture in the lives of students
- Practice culturally inclusive pedagogy
- Understand how to create and modify assessments to measure progress in language proficiency as well as content knowledge
- Recognize the way languages are acquired
- Identify effective ways to serve as resource persons in schools
Benefits of becoming an ENL Hernandez Fellow
- Learn from exceptional faculty and in a community that is enriched by diversity in experience, ethnicity, and age.
- Develop a deep understanding of the process of language acquisition in order to foster language growth.
- Employ research-based instructional strategies in order to optimize learning outcomes and ensure mastery of both language and content.
- Examine cultural influences in the lives of children and create culturally sustaining classrooms and schools.
- During their coursework, Hernandez Fellows will conduct a home visit, complete a case study, administer a language assessment, and give professional development to their school or (arch)diocese.
- ENL credits can lead to ENL/ESL/ESOL/ELL endorsements in most states or help towards initial teachers licenses or continuing education credits.
- Affordable graduate level courses available.
- Tailored curriculum to meet the specific needs of teachers in Catholic schools.
Benefits for schools with ENL Hernandez Fellows
- Transformed school communities, embracing Christ’s call to welcome the stranger.
- Support for English language learners through research-based teaching strategies, ensuring that students master content and language.
- Regular home visits and strengthening home and school connections.
- Administration of language assessments.
- Connections to local agencies that can provide services to families.
- Personalized professional development for the school and/or (arch)diocese.
ENL Hernandez Fellows take 18 graduate credit hours from the University of Notre Dame over three semesters. Fellows take two courses during the summer session on Notre Dame's campus. The rest of the courses are offered online so educators can return to their classrooms. The ENL curriculum is tailored specifically to the reality of teachers in Catholic schools.
- EDU 70110: Foundations and Teaching Second Language Learners
- EDU 70100: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
- EDU 70120: Cultural Influences on Children's Lives
- EDU 70130: Designing Assessments for English Language Learners
- EDU 75110: Collaboration and Professional Development
- EDU 75120: Application of Instructional Methods
How much does the ENL program cost?
The full value of ENL for the 2019-2020 year (14th Cohort) is $10,900. Hernandez Fellowships in the amount of $2,000 are offered to participants to defray costs and additional need-based scholarships are available. Tuition covers the cost of all academic coursework, as well as housing and food for the two weeks participants are on Notre Dame's campus. This cost does not include books or transportation to and from campus.
Where can I find tuition assistance to help fund my participation?
Thanks to the generous support of Megan and Enrique Hernandez, Jr. ENL is able to offer a $2,000 fellowship to each participant upon admission, reducing the cost of the program to $8,900.
In addition, Notre Dame is committed to reducing the barriers that make graduate studies a challenge financially, especially for Catholic school leaders serving in under-resourced schools and low-income communities. For this reason, additional need-based scholarships are available to participants who request assistance as part of their application file. See the Tuition Assistance Guide for more details about how to request financial support.
The ENL team also works hard to help participants secure additional funding from the following sources:
- Title II (Professional Development) and Title III (English Language Learners) funds
- Diocesan scholarships
- Funding from religious orders
- Funding from local benefactors
- AmeriCorps awards
More information can be found by consulting the Tuition Assistance Guide:
Thank you for your interest in applying to become a Megan and Enrique Hernandez, Jr., Fellow. Applications for the Summer of 2019 are now closed. The program dates for the next cohort of ENL Hernandez Fellows are below:
- Applications for the 2020-21 will open on October 1, 2020
- Application deadline: March 31, 2020
- Acceptance notification: April 2020
- Commitment date: May 2020
Are you qualified to become an English as a New Language Hernandez Fellow?
- Applicants must be present at the University of Notre Dame for the two-week summer session in July 2020.
- Applicants must participate in two online classes in both the fall and spring semesters after their two-week summer experience at the University of Notre Dame.
- Applicants must be teaching in or supporting a Catholic School.
- Applicants must have permission from their administration to participate in the ENL program, as their classroom will be affected by the practicum experience.
- Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree. In order to add an ENL/ESL endorsement to a teaching license, a teacher must hold a current teaching license from any state.
- To learn more about ENL, see the ENL Program Overview.
What do you need to apply to ENL?
- Part 1: Background Information
- Part 2: Demographics
- Part 3: Academic History
- Part 4: Teaching Information
- Part 5: School Information
- Part 6: Short Answer Questions (500 words or less)
- Part 7: Commitment Acknowledgment
- Part 8: Principal Recommendation Information
- Official College/University Transcripts
- Principal Recommendation Form (completed by a school administrator)
- Tuition Assistance Form (optional)
How do I apply?
The ENL application consists of four parts:
- The online ENL application - See ENL Application Guide for details.
Transcripts from undergraduate and graduate institutions - Please order your official transcripts in advance, as university registrars often need time to process requests. Have transcripts sent to:
University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Dees / ENL Program
107 Carole Sandner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
- The online Principal Recommendation Form.
- The online Tuition Assistance Form (for those requesting ENL scholarships) - See the Tuition Assistance Guide for details.
1. What are the dates for the 2019 summer session?
The 2019 summer session runs from Thursday, July 11 to Friday, July 26. Orientation begins at noon on Thursday, July 11. Classes begin on Friday, July 12 and run through Thursday, July 25. The session concludes with Missioning Mass on the evening of Thursday, July 25, 2019.
2. What if I do not hold a teaching license?
Catholic school teachers without licenses are welcome to participate. However, in order to add an ENL/ESL/ESOL license to a professional certificate, a current teaching license must already be held by the participant.
4. What if there are no English language learners (ELLs) in my classroom?
You must be able to work with ELLs in order to complete your practicum courses. If there are not ELLs in your classroom, you need to ensure a consistent setting in which you can work with at least several of these children on a regular basis. Sometimes participants work with after-school tutoring programs, make arrangements with a colleague to regularly teach a lesson to his/her class, or work in ESL programs in a parish setting.
5. Will I be able to add an ENL/ESL/ESOL certificate to my state’s license?
The ENL program’s coursework leads to an ENL endorsement in Indiana, which is reciprocal with most states’ ESL/ESOL licenses. The Office of Licensure at Notre Dame will work with you to see if there is a comparable license in your state.
6. What do you mean by scholarship options?
Notre Dame is committed to reducing the barriers that make graduate studies a challenge financially, especially for Catholic school leaders serving in under-resourced schools and low-income communities. Thanks to the generous support of Megan and Enrique Hernandez, Jr., ENL is able to offer a $2,000 fellowship to each participant upon admission. Up to $2,000 in additional scholarships may be awarded based on need. For more information, please see our Tuition Assistance Guide.
7. I have never taken an internet course before. What do I need to know?
The benefit of online coursework is that it allows you to continue your graduate studies in the setting of your own home or classroom. During the two-week summer session, you will be taught how to use Sakai, Notre Dame’s online course tool. Being computer savvy is not a prerequisite of the ENL program. Technical support is offered throughout your participation in the program. Writing workshops and supports are also provided.
8. What are the dates for the 2019-2020 cohort?
- Thursday, July 11 – Orientation begins at noon
- Friday, July 12 – First day of classes
- Saturday/Sunday, July 13-14 – ENL Symposium
- Monday, July 15-Friday, July 19 – Classes
- Monday, July 22-Thursday, July 25 – Classes
- Thursday, July 25 – ACE Missioning Mass
9. What is a typical class day like during the summer session?
Hernandez Fellows are in class every day from 8:00am-11:30am and 1:00pm-4:30pm. Hernandez Fellows have full access to Notre Dame’s dining halls (included in tuition), where they can eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. Participants also have full access to Notre Dame’s computer facilities, which include PCs, Macs, and printers.
More information can be found by consulting the Tuition Assistance Guide: