Spanish, Certificate of Achievement

The Certificate of Achievement in Spanish promotes fluency in Spanish and an understanding of Hispanic culture. This is a twenty-unit program of study of a second language and its culture that prepares students to interact appropriately with Spanish speaking persons in a variety of settings, including education, retail, medicine, travel, hospitality, entertainment, and community services. The program assists students who are seeking careers in a wide variety of fields that value multilingualism and multiculturalism, and/or cater specifically to Spanish-speaking consumers. The Certificate of Achievement establishes Spanish linguistic and cultural fluency as a foundation for further studies in Spanish, Spanish interpreting, Hispanic literature, linguistics, and culture. This certificate is a stepping stone to transfer, as it provides the required core for the AA-T in Spanish.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Speak, read, listen and write Spanish to communicate at an intermediate-high level as defined by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • Explain cultural differences at a third-semester level of understanding.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

Required Core
SPAN 1Elementary Spanish I5
SPAN 2Elementary Spanish II5
SPAN 3Intermediate Spanish I5
SPAN 4Intermediate Spanish II5
Total Units20

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
SPAN 1 Elementary Spanish I 5
SPAN 2 Elementary Spanish II 5
Year 2
SPAN 3 Intermediate Spanish I 5
SPAN 4 Intermediate Spanish II 5
 Total Units20