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 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.

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

The program provides social work students the opportunity to 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.

The School of Social Work offers Latino-oriented courses with an emphasis on Spanish language development for professional social workers.

At A Glance

Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work (Graduate Certificate)

Plan of study

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

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Degree requirements

The following is required for students enrolled in the Master of Social Work program:

  1. completion of 480 hours of field practicum with Latino clients and communities (60% of case load to be Spanish-speaking)
  2. field practice consisting of six credit hours of field practicum
  3. six credit hours of Latino-oriented coursework
  4. SWG 533 Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context (3)

At least three credit hours are required to be taken from within the School of Social Work.

Requirements for those already working in the field of social work as a community professional social worker and community worker are as follows:

  1. six credit hours of independent study field practice consisting of the completion of 480 hours with Latino clients and communities (60% of client caseload to be Spanish-speaking)
  2. six credit hours of Latino-oriented coursework
  3. SWG 533 Diversity and Oppression in a Social Work Context (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
At least three credit hours of the Latino-oriented coursework are required to be taken from within the School of Social Work.

Students already working in the field of social work may petition to use their place of employment for the six credit hours of independent study field practice.

Students with a Master of Social Work or BSW degree who have completed SWG 533 in the past five years may substitute another Latino-oriented course.

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.