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Learn to speak Spanish like a pro with a Proficiency in Spanish certificate

Embrace a whole new world of possibility by learning Spanish. It's one of the most spoken languages globally, leading to many exciting career opportunities for Spanish speakers. Could that be you? Start your Spanish journey with The Chang School and enjoy our unique Certificate in Spanish Proficiency.

Unlike most college and university classes that focus on conversational Spanish, our Certificate in Spanish Proficiency gives a deeper, more holistic education in Spanish. You’ll not only master Spanish, but enrich your cultural knowledge and soft skills as well. We’ve partnered up with the Hispanic community to provide more real-world opportunities to polish your oral and written Spanish.

This Spanish certificate also includes courses for specific career goals, whether you’re thinking about going into translation, business or teaching, or just want to expand your professional network. Here at The Chang School, we prioritize hands-on, experiential learning. Our translation learners translate websites and blogs from English to Spanish and vice versa, and our business learners interview fluent professionals in Spanish. Our teaching learners observe and teach classes, and are mentored by Spanish instructors.

What fields do you want to explore? How can Spanish advance your current career? Once you complete our Certificate in Spanish Proficiency, you’ll be proficient in Spanish and will be able to use the language in any workplace where it’s needed. (And even if you’re retired, Spanish can come in handy. Learning a new language is a great way to stay sharp and keep your brain busy.)

Our Spanish certificate can be completed in as little as two years, and some courses can be conducted online as well. You’ll be speaking Spanish in no time. So, are you ready to get started? Vamos!

Who should take this Proficiency in Spanish certificate?

  • You want to become proficient in spoken and written Spanish
  • You’re an older adult looking to learn a new language, build community, and boost your brainpower

What will you learn while taking the Proficiency in Spanish certificate?

You’ll learn how to:

  • Actively and confidently engage in performing different communication skills both oral and written
  • Employ a greater understanding and awareness of Hispanic cultures and the diverse peoples who speak Spanish
Meet Our Learners
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I felt motivated to participate in class discussions, learn and practice. I was even able to learn Spanish business jargon, which is helpful for my business with Spanish-speaking clients. I love how clients and friends now complement me on my abilities. That's when I tell them about The Chang School and how it's helped me improve in Spanish.
— Julian Liurette

Certificate Requirements

  • 5 required courses**
  • 1 elective
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

**You may be exempted from completing the required courses if you completed 4 courses at a higher level than CSPN 401. If granted advanced placement through the placement and assessment interview with the academic coordinator, you only need to complete 4 advanced level courses (CSPN 402 or higher) to fulfill the certificate requirements.


Admission Criteria

  • Successful completion of Introductory Spanish I (CSPN 101)
    • With a minimum grade of C+


If you’re an undergraduate student, you should be aware of possible certificate restrictions. For complete details, check Curriculum Advising.


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