Latino Certificate Program

Learn more about our certificates:
Graduate certificate in Latino cultural competency
Graduate certificate in Latino cultural competency for community workers

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

The program is intended for individuals 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
  • learn the social and cultural context and theoretical principles of social work practice with Latinos
  • learn the social service delivery issues involved in providing services for bilingual and limited- or non-English-speaking Latino populations

Admission Criteria

I.  Academic Degree Status in one of the following

  • Current enrollment in the ASU Downtown Master of Social of Work Program and a GPA of 3.0; or
  • Hold a Master of Social Work or related master’s degree with a GPA of 3.0 or Bachelor of Social Work (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for junior and senior semesters); or
  • A bachelor’s degree in a related field (with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for junior and senior semesters of the bachelor’s degree) and the equivalency of a two-year full-time human service/social service experience.

II. Proficiency in Spanish language

Acceptance into to the certificate program is contingent on an applicant’s successful completion of the Spanish language proficiency examination administered through the ASU School of Social Work.

Application: a two-step process 

  1. Submit the following to the ASU School of Social Work: The completed Latino Cultural Competency in Social Work Application Form, your resume, your transcripts and the required $50 application fee.  

Download the application:  applicationform_2015.pdf

Please submit form to

School of Social Work
Academic Services
Arizona State University
Mail Code 3920
411 N. Central Ave. # 800
Phoenix, AZ  85004

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Tucson applicants:  Josefina Ahumada | 520-884-5507 ext. 19

Phoenix applicants:  Cecilia Ayón |

  1. Submit to ASU Graduate Education: the online Graduate Education application form and pay the required application fee.  Click here to go to Graduate Education website.

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