Advanced Placement Spanish Literature (Certificate)

Advanced Placement Spanish Literature (Certificate)

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The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Spanish Literature is a program designed for High School Teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) Spanish. This Program is composed of four existing courses in the Spanish MA program of the Department of Modern Languages, and its goal is to delve into the contents proper of the AP Spanish Literature courses. The Program may also serve to gain credits towards the completion of the MA in Spanish at the Department of Modern Languages. The courses are offered both in the classroom and online.

Students receive an official diploma from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley upon the successful completion of the Program.

*This program is only offered 100% ONLINE. 

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at There is no application fee.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    • Bachelor's  degree  from  a  regionally  accredited  institution  in  the United States or a recognized international equivalent in a similar or related field, with 12 hours of advanced undergraduate Spanish courses.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).

    Students whose native  language is not English  or  who studied at a University outside the U.S.:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the English Proficiency Exam section of our website.
    • Certified English translation of educational records.

    Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas.

  • Program Contact

    Program Coordinator: Dr. Hugo Mejías 

    Phone: (956) 665-3445

    Office: Edinburg Campus, ELABS 322


  • Deadlines


    Applications will be accepted year round and prospective students are encouraged to apply at least 2 months before classes start to ensure a timely application review.  Applying early will also give prospective students the best opportunity to be considered for scholarships and other possible funding opportunities.


    • This program only admits applicants during Fall, Spring and Summer I semesters.
    • Students admitted only to a Certificate Program are not eligible to obtain a Student Visa from UTRGV.
  • Tuition Estimate

    Residency Per 3-Credit Hour Course Semester (9-Credit Hours) Total Estimated Cost
    Texas Resident $1,359.29 $3,563.87 $4,666.16
    Non-Resident/International $2,625.29 $7,361.87 $9,730.16

    *We estimate that tuition and fees will closely approximate the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change. Please note that the rates above are estimated for on-campus students and those enrolled in 16-week online programs. The rate is different for Accelerated Online Programs (AOP). Visit the tuition and fees page for detailed information.

  • Course Requirements

    Required Courses 12
    SPAN 6350: AP Peninsular Prose 3
    SPAN 6351: AP Peninsular Poetry/Drama 3
    SPAN 6352: Latin American Prose 3
    SPAN 6353: Latin American Poetry and Drama 3
    Total hours required for completion: 12

    Course Descriptions

    SPAN 6350: AP Peninsular Prose               [3‐0]

    Special topics oriented to the field of Spanish linguistics (Applied Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Psycholinguistics). Can be repeated up to three times as topics vary.

    SPAN 6351: AP Peninsular Poetry/Drama              [3‐0]

    This course will analyze the poetic and dramatic works required for Advanced Placement Literature Courses written by Spanish Peninsular authors from the Middle Ages to the present.

    SPAN 6352: AP Latin American Prose              [3‐0]

    This course will analyze the prose works required for Advanced Placement Literature Courses written by Latin American authors from the colonial period to the present.

    SPAN 6353: AP Latin American Poetry and Drama              [3‐0]

    This course will analyze the dramatic and poetic works required for Advanced Placement Literature Courses written by Latin American authors from the colonial period to the present.

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