Graduate Certificate in Spanish Heritage Language Education

An innovative online program emphasizing social justice and critical approaches to teaching Spanish

Catalog Year: 2023-2024

Banner Code: LA-CERG-SHLE

The graduate certificate in Spanish Heritage Language Education (SHLE) provides training in heritage language educational policy and practice as well as social justice-oriented approaches to teaching Spanish. Students develop familiarity with the linguistic, sociolinguistic, and cultural characteristics of Spanish-speakers in the US. The SHLE certificate prepares educators and affiliated professionals to advocate for heritage speakers of Spanish, design and implement Spanish for Heritage Speakers (SHL) curricula, and develop teaching materials and pedagogies for use in both SHL and mixed classes.

This is an online certificate. It may be taken alone or in conjunction with several degree programs offered by the Department of Modern & Classical Languages and the College of Education and Human Development.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 15

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Core Courses

FRLN 575 Heritage Language Education 3
SPAN 575 Teaching Spanish for Social Justice 3
SPAN 574 Critical Approaches to Teaching Spanish-language Culture 3
Total Credits 9

Restricted Elective

Select one of the following: 3
Hispanic Sociolinguistics  
Spanish Linguistics for Educators  
Total Credits 3

Additional Elective

Select one of the following or a relevant 500-level or above course: 1 3
Hispanic Sociolinguistics  
Spanish Linguistics for Educators  
Applied Spanish Stylistics in Multilingual and Multimodal Contexts  
Mass Media and Popular Culture  
Language Politics and Policy  
Methods and Curriculum Design for Teaching Spanish  
Languages in Contact  
Bilingual Education in the Spanish-Speaking World  
Integrating Technology into Language Learning  
Basic Issues in Language Pedagogy  
The Teaching of Culture in Foreign Language Programs  
Topics in Language Learning and Teaching  
Introduction to Culturally Linguistically Diverse Learners  
Bilingualism and Language Acquisition Research  
Assessment of Language Learners  
Methods of Teaching in Foreign/World Languages  
Advanced Methods of Teaching Foreign/Second Languages in PK-12 Schools  
Reading/Writing in Foreign/World Languages  
Other relevant course with approval
Total Credits 3