Spanish, Graduate Certificate

Graduate Certificate in Spanish

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 18
  • $375.00
  • $617.00

Program Overview

The online Graduate Certificate in Spanish provides students with the opportunity to earn a certificate degree upon completion of language proficiency training in Spanish.

Students choose the online Spanish, Graduate Certificate to learn about:

  • Hispanic cultures and literature
  • Linguistics
  • Language teaching pedagogy

The Graduate Certificate in Spanish presents a rigorous language program that seeks to serve these student populations:

  • 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.
  • Bilingual instructors who support dual language programs and world language programs.
  • Individuals in various fields (e.g., law enforcement, social work, psychological services, healthcare) who work with Spanish-speaking individuals.

The Graduate Certificate in Spanish can be completed completely online, but students also have the opportunity to participate in face-to-face or remote learning (synchronous virtual learning).

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A Bachelor's degree

  2. 3 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

  3. A written personal statement

    A statement of purpose (700-900 words, double space), written in Spanish.

  4. 2 letters of recommendation

  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

  6. 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.

Courses You’ll Take

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPAN 8036Advanced Spanish Conversation3
This course targets the development of oral skills in Spanish through the incorporation of complex and sophisticated conversational structures and nuanced lexicon. In particular, the course focuses on presentational (i.e., expressing or exposing ideas or opinions) and interpersonal speaking (i.e., engaging in conversation where learners narrate and describe in the major time frames of past, present, and future in paragraph-length discourse with control of aspect).
Choose 1 of the following:3
SPAN 8156 Literature/Culture: Central America and the Caribbean 1898-2000 | SPAN 8956 Pro-Seminar: Literature and/or Film | SPAN 8146 Introduction to Latin American Film | SPAN 8176 Introduction to Latin American Literatures
Choose 1 of the following:3
SPAN 8026 Language Enhancement Through Vocabulary Learning | SPAN 8066 Introduction to Translation and Interpretation | SPAN 8076 Hispanic Bilingualism | SPAN 8086 Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics | SPAN 8226 The Structure of Spanish | SPAN 8976 Pro-Seminar: Linguistics and Language for the Professions

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
SPAN 8066Introduction to Translation and Interpretation3
This course offers an introduction to the translation and interpretation field. Course objectives include (a) understanding translation theory; (b) comprehending the role of communication in translation and interpretation; (c) targeting common grammatical and pragmatic errors; (d) increasing vocabulary knowledge in a variety of fields; and (e) gaining an increased awareness of the rigor and demands innate to the translation and interpretation fields.
SPAN 8076Hispanic Bilingualism3
This course explores bilingualism among Spanish speaking populations. Topics include societal bilingualism, the history of Spanish and language policy in Spain, Latin America and the U.S., psychological aspects of bilingualism, monolingual vs. bilingual acquisition, first vs second language acquisition and Spanish as a heritage language in the U.S.
SPAN 8086Introduction to Hispanic Linguistics3
This course introduces students to the field of linguistics by exploring the following areas: phonetics and phonology (sound systems), morphology (word formation), historical linguistics (language development over time) and sociolinguistics and pragmatics (language in society and context), among others, as framed within the study of the Spanish language.
SPAN 8156Literature/Culture: Central American and the Caribbean 1898-20003
"Literature/ Culture: Central America and the Caribbean 1898- 2000" studies major historical and socio-cultural events in Latin American history in the 20th century, through their articulation in literary texts, film and other cultural expressions from Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean.
SPAN 8226The Structure of Spanish3
This course introduces students to the structure of the Spanish language with a focus on its morphology and syntax as seen in the study of constituents of a sentence, lexical categories, content and function words, the pronominal system, the structure of simple and complex sentences and the verbal system, among others. It reviews frequent syntactical errors in Spanish L2 and Heritage learners with the purpose of advancing their linguistic competence.
SPAN 8440Seminar - Spanish Composition3
This course provides opportunities for students to refine their composition skills in Spanish through extensive writing workshops and peer editing. Computer applications to composition will be employed.
SPAN 8900Spanish Independent Study: Graduate Only3
Specifically planned projects and readings in a well-defined field of literature or linguistics carried out under the supervision of a member of the foreign languages faculty holding graduate faculty status.
SPAN 8956Pro-Seminar: Literature and/or Film3
This course is dedicated to the study of a narrower field of the literature and/or cinema of the Spanish-speaking world.
SPAN 8976Pro-Seminar: Linguistics and Language for the Professions3
This course will address a narrow field of study of linguistics, translation/interpretation or the professional language of the Spanish-speaking world.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Cecilia Tocaimaza-Hatch’s research interests include Experiential Learning, Heritage Language Learners and Second Language Acquisition. She serves as the Master of Arts in Language Teaching (MALT) Graduate Program Chair.

Application Deadlines

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.