Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

This interdisciplinary curriculum prepares graduate students for future roles as language program directors, language teacher trainers, and language teacher supervisors.

The Language Program Administration (LPA) can be completed as a stand-alone certificate or as a specialization in several master’s programs. The coursework includes an introduction to language program administration and seminars on marketing, budgeting, language teacher supervision, and language teacher education, as well as electives. Graduates who have completed this specialization have worked as teacher trainers, assistant deans, teacher supervisors, program directors, department chairpersons, and language teacher educators.

Students enrolled in the TESOL, Teaching Foreign Language (TFL), or International Education Management (IEM) master’s programs have the opportunity to specialize in LPA. Students in other programs with extensive language teaching experience or language education coursework may also be eligible, please contact your career and academic advisor.


Master's Degree Specialization

Available to students pursuing the following Master's degrees at the Middlebury Institute:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages 
  • Teaching Foreign Language
  • International Education Management

TESOL and TFL 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
  • Finance Functions, 4 credits, or Budgeting in Educational Organizations, 2 credits
  • International Marketing and Recruiting, 3 credits
  • LPA Electives, 3-5 credits

Total: 16 additional credits

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

  • Principles and Practices of Language teaching I, 4 credits
  • Principles and Practices of Language teaching II, 4 credits
  • Language Assessment, 3 credits
  • Language Analysis, 3 credits 
  • Introduction to LPA, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Education, 2 credits
  • Language Teacher Supervision, 2 credits

Total: 20 additional credits

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

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

The Professional Certificate

The stand-alone LPA certificate consists of 16 graduate credits. This certificate is designed for those with extensive language teaching experience and language education coursework. A master’s in TESOL, TFL, or similar training and experience is required. As the coursework is rigorous, we recommend that the certificate be completed over two semesters but 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
  • Finance Functions, 4 credits, or Budgeting in Educational Organizations, 2 credits
  • International Marketing and Recruiting, 3 credits
  • LPA Electives, 3-5 credits

Total: 16 credits