Teachers of Language Learners Learning Community Project

The TL³C Project is a five-year grant (2012-2017) funded through the U.S. Department of Education and managed through the Mesa Community College Education Studies Department to increase the pool of effective teachers of language learners (TLLs), and to improve the instruction and support of TLLs in various programs at local Title I schools.  The TL³C Project has partnered with four existing school districts that represent a rich language diversity and are focused on both language development and the acquisition of content-specific knowledge.

MCC students participating in TL3C will:

  • Receive partial tuition, fee and book scholarships for 4 semesters -- limited to 20 approved participants per academic year.
  • Serve in dual language classrooms with diverse students.
  • Complete Structured English Immersion (SEI) Endorsement requirements -- mandatory for all K-12 teachers in Arizona.
  • Complete course requirements for provisional English as a Second Language (ESL) and/or Bilingual Education Endorsement.
  • Be empowered with effective instructional strategies.
  • Go into the field prepared to serve English language learners (ELLs) in the community.
  • Participants may also apply for an Academic Certificate (AC) in Teaching and Learning, Teaching Second Language Acquisition through STEM.

Minimum Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Qualify to apply for MCCCD scholarships and financial aid.
  2. Commit to completing an Associates of Arts in Elementary Education (AAEE) degree at MCC.
  3. Attend MCC on a full-time basis (12 credits minimum per semester) until AAEE is completed.
  4. Plan to transfer to a university teacher certification program upon completion of the AAEE.
  5. Be a high school graduate or have been certified as having passed the GED.
  6. Be an individual of good character and a responsible member of the academic community.
  7. Have or be qualified for a plastic AZ Department of Public Safety fingerprint clearance card. 

Project website: mccTL3C.org   |   Grant Administrator: nora.reyes@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7781  |  Academic Advisor: Julie.Garner@mesacc.edu, 480-461-7890