Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The Language Program Administration (LPA) program can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or as a specialization in specific Master's degree programs.

Language Program Administration (LPA)

MIIS students enrolled in the MATESOL, MATFL, or IEM programs have the opportunity to specialize in Language Program Administration. Students in other programs with extensive language teaching experience or language education coursework may also be eligible. To work successfully as a language program administrator you will need professional skills such as developing budgets and monitoring expenses, training teachers and aides, and evaluating program effectiveness.


The Professional Certificate

The stand-alone LPA certificate consists of 17 graduate credits. This certificate is designed for those with extensive language teaching experience and language education coursework.  An MATESOL or MATFL is required, but others with similar training and experience may also be appropriate candidates. As the coursework is quite rigorous, we often recommend that the certificate can be completed over two semesters, although it is possible to do the certificate in one intensive semester. Two of our Online Language Program Administration Courses are often offered during the month of January.  

  • Introduction to LPA, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Education, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Supervision, 2 credits
  • Survey of Accounting, 3 credits
  • Finance Functions, 4 credits, or Budgeting in Educational Organizations, 2 credits
  • Marketing Management, 3 credits, or International Marketing and Recruiting, 3 credits
  • LPA Electives, 1-3 credits

Total: 17 credits


Master's Degree Specialization

Available to students pursuing the following Master's degrees:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL)
  • Teaching Foreign Language (MATFL)
  • International Education Management (MAIEM) 

These students may choose to add a Language Program Administration specialization to their coursework, so that they may be eligible to administer a language education program.

Interested MATESOL/MATFL students take the following classes in addition to their degree requirements:

  • Introduction to LPA, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Education, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Supervision, 2 credits
  • Survey of Accounting, 3 credits
  • Finance Functions, 4 credits, or Budgeting in Educational Organizations, 2 credits
  • Marketing Management, 3 credits, or International Marketing and Recruiting, 3 credits
  • LPA Electives, 1-3 credits

Total: 17 additional credits

Interested MAIEM students take the following classes in addition to their degree requirements:

  • Principles and Practices of Language teaching, 3 credits
  • Curriculum Design, 3 credits
  • Language Assessment, 3 credits
  • Language Analysis, 3 credits 
  • Introduction to LPA, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Education, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Supervision, 2 credits
  • Survey of Accounting, 3 credits

Total: 21 additional credits

Note:The following two courses are required  for the LPA specialization, but are taken  as part of the MA IEM  degree. 

  • Budgeting in Educational Organizations, 2 credits
  • International Marketing and Recruiting, 3 credits