Spanish Certificate

Department of Foreign Languages, College of Arts & Sciences

Vision Statement

The graduate certificate in Spanish provides students with the opportunity to earn a certificate degree after successful completion of 18 credit hours of intensive language proficiency training in Spanish. The program includes courses in Hispanic cultures, literature, linguistics, and, for those students interested in language teaching, language teaching pedagogy. 

The graduate certificate in Spanish presents a rigorous language program that seeks to serve these student populations: (a) High school faculty interested in teaching dual enrollment classes and who are required to have 18 graduate credit hours in their discipline to be eligible. (b) Bilingual instructors who support dual language and world language programs. (c) Individuals in various fields (e.g., law enforcement, social work, psychological services, healthcare) who work with Spanish-speaking individuals.

Program Contact Information

Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch, PhD, Graduate Program Chair (GPC)
301 Arts & Sciences Hall (ASH) 
402.554.4841
ctocaimazahatch@unomaha.edu

Program Website

Admissions

General Application Requirements and Admission Criteria

Program-Specific Requirements

Application Deadlines (Spring 2022, Summer 2022, and Fall 2022)

Applications for this program are accepted on a rolling basis. All materials must be submitted prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student has elected to begin coursework.

Other Requirements

  • Undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants are required to have a command of oral and written English. Those who do not hold a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from the United States, OR a baccalaureate or other advanced degree from a predetermined country on the waiver list, must meet the minimum language proficiency score requirement in order to be considered for admission.

    • Paper-based TOEFL: 600, Internet-based TOEFL: 100, IELTS: 8, PTE: 68, Duolingo: 120 
  • Statement of Purpose: A statement of purpose (700-900 words, double space), written in Spanish is required.  Some topics you might want to include:
    • Your interests and qualifications for graduate study
    • Description of yourself and your intellectual development
    • Strengths and weaknesses, and how you overcame them or challenges to overcoming them
    • Reasons why you want to join this program
    • Possible areas of research or deeper study
    • What you want to do after completion of the certificate
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required.
  • Competence in Spanish with at least an intermediate-high (based on ACTFL guidelines) as assessed during an oral interview and through a statement of purpose written in the language of interest

Degree Requirements

Required:
SPAN 8036ADVANCED SPANISH CONVERSATION3
One course from the following list:3
LITERATURE/CULTURE: CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN 1898-2000
PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM
INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN FILM
INTRODUCTION TO LATIN AMERICAN LITERATURES
One course from the following list:3
LANGUAGE ENHANCEMENT THROUGH VOCABULARY LEARNING
INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION
HISPANIC BILINGUALISM
INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LINGUISTICS
THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH
PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS
Elective Courses:9
Students interested in Spanish language select three courses from the following list:
INTRODUCTION TO TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION
HISPANIC BILINGUALISM
INTRODUCTION TO HISPANIC LINGUISTICS
LITERATURE/CULTURE: CENTRAL AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN 1898-2000
THE STRUCTURE OF SPANISH
SEMINAR:SPANISH COMPOSITION
SPANISH INDEPENDENT STUDY: GRADUATE ONLY
PRO-SEMINAR: LITERATURE AND/OR FILM
PRO-SEMINAR: CULTURE AND SOCIETY
PRO-SEMINAR: LINGUISTICS AND LANGUAGE FOR THE PROFESSIONS
Students interested in Spanish language teaching may replace up to two of the above courses with the following courses:
THEORY AND METHODS IN THE TEACHING OF HERITAGE LANGUAGES
APPROACHES AND METHODS IN LANGUAGE TEACHING
SEMINAR:FL/TESOL RESEARCH
SEMINAR: SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION THEORY
SEMINAR: ASSESSMENT & CURRICULUM DESIGN
DIRECTED READINGS
SEMINAR:SPECIAL TOPICS
Total Credits18