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Eligibility criteria are provided on the specialization homepage. The verification letter (see “Forms”) addresses three of the four criteria (admitted to eligible program, performing well, advisor approval).

Sufficient Spanish language oral  competencies may be demonstrated through one of the following:

  • passing the OPI (Oral Proficiency Interview) in Spanish with a minimum score of Intermediate, mid-level, 


  • demonstration of Spanish oral competencies such as through completion of a Spanish minor as an undergraduate and within the past 5 years, intensive immersion experiences, or via enrollment in CPSY 609 Prac Biling Supervision for a term. Students who wish to demonstrate competency via these options will be expected to converse in Spanish with the Specialization Director or a designee, and if there is any doubt regarding sufficient competency, will then be required to pass the OPI. 

The OPI refers to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (link is external) (OPI). The OPI results in classification as Novice (low, mid, high), Intermediate (low, mid, high), Advanced (low, mid, high), or Superior proficiency (ACTFL, 1999a). The required initial level of language competence should be at least at the Intermediate mid-level. Students are responsible for all arrangements, including costs, for the OPI.

Admissions to the specialization will occur on a rolling basis. Required coursework already completed will count retroactively toward the specialization once a person has been admitted to the specialization.


1. Complete the Application Cover Sheet and submit with supporting materials to the Student Services Coordinator of Counseling Psychology (CPSY SSC).
2. Prepare Verification Letter for Advisor, have advisor complete and send directly to Dr. Ellen McWhirter and CPSY SSC.
3. Upon approval, complete Graduate School Declaration form and submit to Specialization Director for signature.
4. Upon admission to Specialization, complete coursework and experiential requirements and submit all documentation with Specialization Checklist electronically to Specialization Director and CPSY SSC. (See “Forms” for documentation).


The following forms should be used for admission, verification, and documentation of Spanish Specialization activities. The administrative flowchart incorporates relevant deadlines for different steps. It is strongly recommended that participants complete and submit documentation well ahead of deadlines.

Application Cover Sheet
Graduate School Specialization Declaration
Sample Verification Letter
Documentation of Continuous Learning Activities (20 hours minimum)
Capstone Project Approval
Spanish Specialization Checklist
Statement of Completion for Graduate Specialization
Administrative Flowchart