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Social Work with Latinos/Latinas Certificate

About the certificate program

The Social Work with Latinos/Latinas Certificate addresses the critical need for bilingual and culturally responsive social workers, preparing you to effectively serve individuals and families of Mexican and Latin American origin.

Certificate courses are based in a model of critical pedagogy (power, oppression, and privilege), which examines the interconnectedness of issues of race, racism, citizenship status, and relationships between the United States and Latin American countries.

The certificate includes:

  • an intensive Spanish language immersion course (taught collaboratively with the Department of Languages and Literatures)
  • an experiential course taught in Latin America
  • additional specialized courses for those seeking to work with Latino/a populations
  • a field internship offering you the opportunity to work with Spanish-speaking clients

Within GSSW's MSW curriculum, the Latino/a certificate program can be combined with any of our eight concentrations. Once you complete this certificate, you'll have the knowledge, skills, and linguistic ability to effectively serve Latinos/as and their communities.

Language requirement

For admission into this certificate program, you must demonstrate a minimum of intermediate proficiency in Spanish.

International experiential travel

There is an additional cost associated with this certificate, above the cost of the MSW degree, to cover student travel expenses associated with the international experiential course. These costs can be covered by financial aid for those who qualify. All international experiential courses are subject to modification or cancellation based on State Department travel recommendations and/or restrictions.

What our students are saying

Why do students choose this certificate, and what are they learning? Watch these student videos and find out!

What our graduates are saying

El certificado me dio la oportunidad de mejorar mis aptitudes para desempeñarme como un profesional de trabajo social de habla hispana y me proporcionó los conocimientos para abordar intervenciones terapéuticas con solidez, tantocultural como clínica.Frank J., MSW, terapeuta bilingüe infantil y familiar

El certificado fue un motivo clave en mi decisión de asistir a la GSSW. Me dio la oportunidad de aprender y viajar con un extraordinario grupo de alumnos y educadores, y me llevó a mi puesto como organizadora comunitaria para el trabajo con inmigrantes sobre campañas de derechos humanos y desarrollo del liderazgo.—Liz H., MSW, organizadora comunitaria

Learn more

For more information, contact Clinical Assistant Professor Stephen von Merz, Social Work with Latinos/as Certificate program coordinator.

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