Carnegie Mellon University

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Professional Certificate in Language Program Administration

The Professional Certificate in Language Program Administration program starts in late August and runs through early May.

  • Courses are completely asynchronous. This means that there are no required live Zoom components, although instructors may offer some optional live Zoom sessions and office hours.
  • Courses are designed for business professionals, with weekly due dates. You can complete the work at the time of day that works best for you, provided that you turn assignments in on time. 
  • Courses run for seven weeks each. 
  • There are four courses, taken one at a time:
    • Curriculum Design & Review
    • Leadership & Teacher Supervision
    • Language Program Evaluation
    • Business Administration of Language Programs 
  • You will interact with your instructor and peers through written discussion boards, video discussions, email, and office hours. 
  • Each course includes a project that will help prepare you to be a language administrator. Project examples include designing a scope and sequence, reviewing curriculum materials, observing language educators, evaluating a program, and creating a business plan for a language program.

Graduate students in applied linguistics, education, language studies, and TESOL programs are welcome to apply. There is a discounted tuition to currently enrolled graduate students. This program is not transcriptable, but may be an asset when applying to academic, administrative, and teaching positions in K-12 and higher education contexts.

All application materials will be submitted online

You will not get graduate credits nor transcriptable college credits for this program. This is a means to keep costs affordable for educators and courses manageable for full-time educators. 

Yes. You will spend 300 hours total on this course from August through May, making you eligible for 30 hours of Continuing Education Units. Each individual institution ultimately determines whether or not to approve CEUs for their institution. 

In Pennsylvania, this program is an approved Act 48 provider for those completing the 300 hour program.

For additional questions, please contact Dr. Natalie Amgott, Associate Director of Online Language Learning.