Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The following courses are available to professionals pursuing a certificate inĀ Language Program Administration (LPA).

Introduction to Language Program Administration

(2 units, Winter Term online)

Presents a practical overview of problems, situations and issues occurring in the management of language programs. Provides participants with an opportunity to shadow a language program administrator and later to complete an administrative internship.

Language Teacher Education

(2 units, Winter Term online)

Investigates issues related to teacher training, education and development. Examines various philosophies and models of pre-service and in-service programs for training language teachers, thus building professional skills for students to be competent and confident teacher educators. Participants examine their own language learning and teaching histories to determine the influence of those histories on their future roles as teacher educators. Each participant also designs an original teacher training program.

Language Teacher Supervision

(2 units, Fall Term)

Provides language teachers with the skills and knowledge necessary to meet the challenges of supervision. Examines current models of, and research on, language teacher supervision. Students practice observing teachers and conducting post-observation conferences, developing their ability to provide professional feedback, differentiate between evaluative and developmental supervision, and examine the variables related to working with teachers in a variety of specific contexts.

Survey of Accounting

(3 units)

This course is designed for the non-business graduate student who has had little or no exposure to accounting. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a basic understanding of Financial and Managerial Accounting. In the beginning of this course, students will be briefly introduced to the fundamental financial accounting concepts and terminology with regard to financial statement reporting for business enterprises. The latter portion of this course, Management Accounting, focuses on the use of accounting information in managerial decision-making and cost management principles.

Marketing Management

(3 units)

This course focuses on the managerial skills, tools and concepts required to produce a mutually satisfying exchange between consumers, users, organizations, and providers of goods, services and ideas. The emphasis is on understanding the marketplace, strategic formulation (orientation, target segmentation, positioning) and how to manage the marketing. This course is further concerned with the development, evaluation, and implementation of marketing management in complex environments.

The course deals primarily with an in-depth analysis of a variety of concepts, theories, facts, analytical procedures, techniques, and models, addressing strategic issues such as:

  • What business should we be in?
  • What are our long-term objectives?
  • What is our sustainable marketing competitive advantage?
  • Should we diversify?
  • How marketing resources should be allocated?
  • What marketing opportunities and threats do we face?
  • What are our marketing organizational strengths and weaknesses?
  • What are our marketing strategic alternatives?

Finance Functions

(4 units)

This course provides an introduction to budgeting, accounting and financial analysis. Students will also gain an understanding of how governmental and nongovernmental organizations manage their finances. Topics to be covered include financial reporting, cash management, financial controls, and standards of financial integrity. Special attention will be given to an examination of how the budgeting process influences overall organizational performance. Students will also learn basic accounting concepts as well as financial information presentation and retrieval skills.


(1 unit)