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: Teaching Second Language Learners
- EDU 70100: Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition
- EDU 70120: Cultural Influences in the Lives of Children
- 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 2017-2018 year (ENL 12) is $10,500. 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 $8,500.
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
Currently Accepting Applications for the 2017-18 Year
Thank you for your interest in applying to become a Megan and Enrique Hernandez, Jr., Fellow. The program dates for the next cohort of ENL Hernandez Fellows are below:
- Application deadline: March 31, 2017
- Acceptance notification: April 17, 2017
- Commitment date: May 01, 2017
Are you qualified to become an English as a New Language Hernandez Fellow?
- Applicants must be present at Notre Dame for the two-week summer session in July 2017, which is slated to run from July 13-28, 2017.
- 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.
Meet four current and former members of the ENL Program
Alfonso E. Magaña
School: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School
Grade Level & Subjects Taught: Language Arts/Literature (6th-8th)
Why he joined ENL: "Our school is located in inner-city San Diego and we have many students who do not speak English at home. Their first language is Spanish or Vietnamese and they sometimes have academic difficulties. I wanted to find a program and tools that would assist me in helping my students who need that extra support."
What he found to be the most useful/challenging/fun aspect of the program: "The most useful aspect of the ACE-ENL program was learning from the professors and from the other teachers who participated in the program. Hearing what’s useful (and what might not be) in other schools, was a real eye opener. The class work is challenging, but it is very engaging and speaks to our current needs. Being on campus at Notre Dame over the summer of 2009 was an incredible experience. All the resources there were of great use, as is the support we have from all those who participated in the program."
School: St. Nicholas of Tolentine (Chicago, IL)
Grade Level: 2nd
Subject(s) taught: Self-contained classroom-Religion, Reading, Spelling, Social Studies, Science, Math, Art
Why she joined ENL: "I joined ENL because I realized that I needed the ENL certification in order to truly serve the needs of my students. Since over 95% of the students in my classroom are learning English as a second language, I wanted to be able to utilize more appropriate instructional strategies to help them learn better. I know that my students can bring about change in our world and I wanted to be able to provide them with the language tools that they need to do this."
What she found to be the most useful/challenging/fun aspect of the program: "While the 2 weeks studying at Notre Dame over the summer were very intense and academically demanding, it was incredible to learn from the diverse teaching experiences of the rest of my classmates in the program. Though we are now spread across the country and very busy at our own schools, I have really appreciated being able to rely on such a dedicated network of teachers to test my ideas and ask for instructional advice through our weekly discussions.
The ENL program not only has helped me to become a better teacher to all of my students, it has challenged me to define my goals professionally and seek out leadership opportunities within my school and archdiocese. I have since become an active member in the National Association for Bilingual Education and look forward to helping the Catholic school system develop more dual language schools to serve the needs of our immigrant students."
School: St. Jude Academy (San Diego, CA)
Grade Level: 5th
Why she joined ENL: "I chose to participate in the ENL program because I knew I’d have the opportunity to learn new strategies that would support my English language learners and make my class more accessible and comprehensible for them. Another reason for attending the ENL program was to learn to help my kids succeed both inside and outside the classroom."
What she found to be the most useful/challenging/fun aspect of the program: "I believe that going through the ENL program has helped me to have more confidence in my teaching because I’m using innovative strategies that I learned from Notre Dame. Plus, it has aided me in focusing more on these students and finding effective ways to arrange their learning to help them achieve success.
It was also fun to meet teachers from the different areas of the country. We were able to learn from each other as help each other overcome challenges and support one other in difficult times."
School: Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (Washington, D.C.)
Grade Level & Subjects Taught: 11th Grade English and College Planning
Why she chose to participate in the ENL program: "I chose to participate in ACE-ENL because I wanted more formal training in teaching and the opportunity to reconnect with the Notre Dame family. I also wanted to learn strategies for understanding, instructing, and serving the many English language learners I teach at the Cristo Rey school in Washington, D.C. In ACE-ENL, I was seeking an academic and spiritual community that would support my mission of promoting global literacy and social justice in the classroom."
What she found to be the most useful/challenging/fun aspects of the program: "Before enrolling in the program, I had taught literature, writing, and ESL at high schools and colleges in the U.S. and in France, but I had never taken a course in education. It took me some time to acquire the lingo of educational studies, but my ENL classmates and professors faithfully encouraged my efforts to grow as a scholar and teacher. They helped me activate what I already knew about linguistics, education, and culture and apply my skills to the teaching of English language learners. Today, I count these patient supporters among my dearest colleagues. They have taught me countless crucial lessons—from how to plan and execute effective language instruction to what it means to embrace teaching as a vocation."
1. What are the dates for the 2017 summer session?
The 2017 summer session runs from Thursday, July 13 to Friday, July 28. Orientation begins at noon on Thursday, July 13. Classes begin on Friday, July 14 and run through Thursday, July 27. The session concludes with Missioning Mass on the morning of Friday, July 28.
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 $2000 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 2017-2018 cohort?
- Thursday, July 13 – Orientation begins at noon
- Friday, July 14 – First day of classes
- Saturday/Sunday, July 15-16 – Retreat and ENL Symposium
- Monday, July 17-Friday, July 21 – Classes
- Monday, July 24-Thursday, July 27 – Classes
- Friday, July 28 – 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.