Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

The following courses are available to professionals pursuing a certificate in 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.

International Marketing and Recruiting

(3 units)

This course introduces the fundamental essentials of marketing and recruiting as
a managerial process. Students who complete the course will understand how to
make decisions as managers in educational organizations responsible for defining
and operating recruiting and marketing strategies according to their selected
mission. This decision-making process includes understanding how to identify and
evaluate target market opportunities, define and articulate a value proposition
for an educational service, and develop a promotional strategy that takes into
consideration competitors and price sensitivities of the target market.

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.

Budgeting in Educational Organizations

(2 units)

An introduction to the theory and practice of budgeting and financial management with a focus on educational organizations. The course introduces the student to a broad array of budget issues relevant to successful management of educational organizations. The course will examine the role of the budget manager, primary budget elements, phases of the budget cycle, and interpersonal communication skills necessary for effective budgeting and financial management. The course will use a hybrid format combining on-site and on-line sessions as outlined in the syllabus. Content will be provided by the textbook and iLearn [Moodle] using lecture and case study methods requiring active student participation in groups.