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Spanish, Graduate Certificate

Prepare yourself to become a dual-credit teacher in high school or a community college instructor with the Graduate Certificate in Spanish from IU Online. Enhance your cultural and language proficiency in the Spanish language.

Course Delivery: 100% Online

Total Credits: 18

In-State Tuition Per Credit: $350.00

Out-of-State Tuition Per Credit: $490.00

Cost of attendance may vary by campus. View the total cost calculator

Degree Overview

IU Online’s Graduate Certificate in Spanish offers advanced-level instruction in the Spanish language and Hispanic culture, literature, and linguistics. Enhance your language proficiency and teaching techniques. Study current research on effective pedagogical strategies and foreign language instruction.

You’ll graduate with an Indiana University certificate respected by employers worldwide—and you can work on yours anytime and anywhere. Plus, you’ll enjoy personalized support services throughout your academic journey.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • 3.0 minimum undergraduate GPA

Spanish instructors affiliated with IU’s Advanced College Project will be admitted to the program on the basis of ACP’s admission process.

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  • Official transcripts from each undergraduate institution
  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program
  • Evidence of significant study in Spanish (at least 12 credit hours at the 300/400 level, with a minimum 2.5 GPA)

Note: This program is not eligible for financial aid.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Spanish prepares you for such careers as:

  • Dual-credit teacher in high school
  • Community college instructor

The Graduate Certificate in Spanish is ideal for those wanting to teach dual-credit courses in high school or university-level courses in community colleges. The certificate meets Higher Learning Commission standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses/community college courses to hold either a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

If you hold a master's degree in another discipline, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 18-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Spanish.

To earn a Graduate Certificate in Spanish, you must complete 18 credit hours.  

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Core courses (18 credit hours)


Spanish Graduate Certificate
Course Number Course Name Credits

SPAN-T 510

Second Language Acquisition for Spanish Teaching

3 Credits

SPAN-T 520

Spanish Writing and Grammar

3 Credits

SPAN-T 530

Spanish through Cultural Expressions

3 Credits

SPAN-T 540

Spanish Phonetics

3 Credits

SPAN-T 550

Topics in Hispanic Studies

3 Credits

SPAN-T 560

Hispanic Sociolinguistics

3 Credits

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