Jun 19, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [Not Current Academic Year. Consult with Your Academic Advisor for Your Catalog Year]

Spanish as a Heritage Language Certificate

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences  >Department of Hispanic Studies  >Spanish as a Heritage Language Certificate


The Graduate Certificate in Spanish as a Heritage Language (SHL) is a twelve (12) credit post-baccalaureate program that will offer training in U.S. Spanish and Heritage Language Education to those interested in the subject.  The certificate includes courses from a variety of perspectives that will prepare teaching professionals to work with Hispanic heritage language learners at secondary and post-secondary levels.

The program allows direct entry to those with a bachelor’s degree who seek some graduate-level work to enhance their knowledge and skills in particular areas but who are not interested in earning a graduate degree.  Post-baccalaureate students who successfully complete the four-course sequence will receive a Certificate in Spanish as a Heritage Language.  Upon completion of the certificate, participants who may be interested in continuing their studies will be eligible to apply to the M.A. program in Spanish, and if accepted, petition for the credits to be counted towards the master’s courseload.

The certificate program is also open to students already matriculated in Spanish graduate degree programs at UH.  Upon completion of the program’s four courses, students currently enrolled as degree-seeking in the Spanish M.A. or Ph.D. programs will be granted the SHL Certificate.

How To Apply For the Certificate

Individuals interested in the SHL Graduate Certificate will find more information on the Hispanic Studies web page (http://www.uh.edu/class/spanish/).

An undergraduate degree in Spanish (or equivalent) will be required for admission to the post-baccalaureate program.  Applicants must submit an official transcript showing that the undergraduate degree has been awarded.

Explanation of the Certificate

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate include four (4) Hispanic Studies graduate courses.

Twelve (12) Credit Hours:

Other Information

  • Program director’s approval needed to substitute a course.
  • The courses will be offered in face-to-face or hybrid-format on evenings and/or Saturdays during the long semesters and in the summer.

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