Professional Spanish at USC Upstate

Professional Spanish

Interpreting in Educational Settings 

Next Course Offering Summer (July 3 - July 31, 2023)

Certified interpreters are valuable assets in health, legal, and business professions, and increasingly our school systems are recognizing their importance in education professions. Untrained interpreters can find themselves facing daunting challenges in IEP meetings, parent-teacher conferences, or even orientation sessions. This program aims to develop a qualified professional interpreting workforce to improve the integration Spanish-speaking students and their families into the school system and into the larger Upstate community.

Formal training in translation and interpreting matters. Visit the Carolina Association of Translators and Interpreters for  "Becoming a Translator: Looking Beyond Bilingualism" and the American Translators Association Getting It Right guides for working with professional translators and interpreters. If you are a working professional interested in continuing education opportunities to build your interpreting skills, check out our programs for professional Spanish interpreting

About the Course

This 5.0 CEU, 50-hour Continuing Education program in Professional Spanish Interpreting in Educational Settings is designed for teachers, aides, counselors, and other educators working in K-12 schools, as well as college and adult education providers and bilingual community members who wish to develop professional interpreting skills to apply in educational settings. The program aims to help South Carolina school districts and other education providers meet the demand for professional Spanish interpreters to serve the growing communities of Spanish-speaking parents, families, and students in the state.


  • Gain an extensive introduction to the theories, practice, and ethics of interpreting in educational settings working with the English and Spanish languages.
  • Provide a credential for professional interpreters who wish to work in educational settings. There is no existing statewide or national certification program specifically for educational interpreters. Students who complete the professional interpreting program and pass the final exam will receive a certificate of completion from the University of South Carolina Upstate at the end of the course.

Who Should Enroll?

Participants in the Professional Spanish Interpreting in Educational Settings course should be fluent in both English and Spanish. Prospective students may arrange to complete the Spanish and English placement exam at USC Upstate’s Spartanburg or Greenville locations and have a follow-up conversation with the course instructor to assess fluency and set up all students for success in the course.


Students will work online asynchronously throughout the week and meet online synchronously or face to face from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. each Thursday. There will be a one-hour break for lunch at 12.


$999. Register by May 31, 2023 for Early Bird Registration of $929. There may be some funding opportunities for this course. Contact the SCCL Assistant Director and course instructor, Maria Francisco-Montesó, for more information.


All course materials provided through the online course site. Participants will need a separate, paid subscription to GoReact for interactive online video feedback on interpreting activities and projects. 


  • 50-hour course to include theory, practice and ethics of interpreting in an educational setting. Find out more about detailed course topics and objectives
  • Earn 5.0 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course

*Please note: Participants should be fluent in both English and Spanish

Seats are limited. Please register as soon as possible.

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Maria Francisco Monteso Maria Francisco Montesó is a Spanish Senior Instructor at USC Upstate, the Assistant Director of the SC Centro Latino at USC Upstate, and a member of the South Carolina South Carolina Chapter of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese. A certified translator and interpreter, Monteso holds a Master of Arts degree in translation and interpreting from the Universitat Jaume I in Spain.

For more information, please contact Maria Francisco Montesó at