Spanish Language Proficiency


Program number: 908021CERT


The Spanish Language Proficiency Certificate focuses on improving language communication skills and cultural understanding. Participants will be ready to actively engage in linguistically diverse communities as well as the workforce by attaining language competency in another language besides English. 

Our courses develop language skills, enhance cultural awareness, and provide hands-on experience in the field using the language selected for the certificate. These classes and experiences challenge students to communicate in the language while at the same time increasing their appreciation for cultural differences. Such skills will allow students to gain a better understanding of their linguistically and culturally diverse community and workplace. In this way, students will broaden their own social and cultural perspectives as well as develop highly sought out skills in a globalized workforce.

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Program Details

Students earning the French Language Proficiency Certificate can attend full or part time.

Liberal Arts Transfer classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

  • Madison - Truax
  • Madison - South
  • Reedsburg
  • Portage
  • Fort Atkinson
  • Watertown

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program. 

Some of the courses for this program may be available online.


  • Use the Spanish Language Proficiency Certificate credits to transfer to other colleges and universities.  Many universities strongly encourage applicants to finish their language requirements prior to transferring.
  • Use Spanish Language Proficiency Certificate credits as electives for the Liberal Arts Associate Degree since it incorporates courses from several disciplines.
  • Apply for employment in industries that require language competency in other languages in addition to English.​

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at MATC. 


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2019-2020 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.


After completing the Spanish Language Proficiency Certificate at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

  • Develop language skills through hands on experience in your field of interest or through volunteer opportunities using the language selected.
  • Develop and demonstrate high-level communicative proficiency (orally and in writing) equivalent to ACTFL Intermediate High and above in the target language
  • Interact in the language in an effective, fluent and precise manner
  • Network in the community and in the workplace with a better understanding of and appreciation for cultural differences
  • Interpret, value and promote cultural traditions of the target language speakers
  • Demonstrate awareness of regional differences among native language speakers while at the same time acknowledging individual differences
  • Recognize own culture, language and social norms as part of a global culture
  • Develop Madison College core abilities such as communication, critical thinking, global and cultural perspectives, self-management and social interaction to be ready for the workforce.
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