Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work (Graduate Certificate)

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As a social worker, do you aspire to have the knowledge to engage in culturally rounded and effective practice with Latino individuals and families? In this program, you develop the skills desired to meet a growing Latino population and best serve the Latino community.

In response to need, ASU offers a graduate certificate in Latino cultural competency through the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions School of Social Work. The School of Social Work offers Latino-oriented courses with an emphasis on Spanish language development for professional social workers.

The goal of the program is to enhance a social work professional's capacity for engaging in culturally grounded practice with Latino clients and their families.

The program is intended for professionals who want to expand their employment potential by adding an expertise in professional services with Latinos; learn the critical, cross-cultural factors that influence a worker's competency in forming professional helping relationships with Latinos; understand the social and cultural context and theoretical principles of social work practice with Latinos; and learn the social service delivery issues involved in providing services for bilingual and limited- or non-English-speaking Latino populations.

At A Glance

Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work (Graduate Certificate)

Plan of study

The Plan of study is the required curriculum to complete the program.

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Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions.

International students who need an F1 or J1 visa first need to apply to and be accepted into a graduate degree program prior to being considered for the certificate program. International students residing in the USA on other types of visas must adhere to all Graduate College policies and procedures regarding admission to be considered for admission to this certificate program.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. the School of Social Work Latino cultural competency application form and the required $50 application fee
  4. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency.

No more than two certificate courses may be completed before applying for admission to the certificate program.

Social work graduate students must have graduate status in the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions School of Social Work and must demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language.

Community professional social workers must possess a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work or related master's degree and must demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language.

Community workers must have the equivalency of a two-year work experience in the social service field, an undergraduate degree, and demonstrate proficiency in the Spanish language.