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Language Program Management Certificate

Spring 2022

January 10, 2022 - April 29, 2022

This program is designed to train language professionals to develop, manage, and evaluate language programs. The four online core courses introduce aspects of curriculum development, program evaluation and assessment, administration and operations, as well as teacher development and supervision.

2021 Certificate Course Schedule:
Language Program Administration and Operations (5 weeks) - January 11 - February 12, 2021
Teacher Development and Supervision (3 weeks) - February 15 - March 5, 2021
Language Program Curriculum Development and Review (5 weeks) - March 8 - April 9, 2021
Language Program Accreditation, Assessment, and Accountability (3 weeks) - April 12 - 30, 2021

2022 Certificate Course Schedule:
More information coming soon.

Program Tuition: $3,000

This program has rolling admissions.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded: 9.6 CEUs


  • Non-degree
  • 4 months to complete
  • Fully online/asynchronous, with few synchronous features
  • 4 required core courses
  • Possibility of internship at the Community Language Program, Columbia University


  • Domestic and international MA graduates in TESOL, TESL, Applied Linguistics, or equivalent
  • Students with a BA in a foreign language or related
  • Language program administrators/managers
  • Language teachers with 4 or more years of language teaching experience, or by permission

Objectives and Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the LPM Certificate Program, students will be able to demonstrate professional level competencies to:

  1. Strategically plan and administer program operations and resources, marketing and recruitment, and transition to change.
  2. Effectively supervise and evaluate teachers’ performance and promote their professional development
  3. Plan, design, and evaluate a language program curriculum. Assess and manage curriculum development costs, risks, and change, and ensure stakeholders’ engagement in the curriculum reform.
  4. Understand and ensure effective classroom-based assessment and program evaluation that promote quality instruction. Manage program accreditation to improve the quality of language teaching and administration through accepted standards.


Course I: Language program administration and operations

This course is designed to provide a theoretical and practical introduction to aspects of language program management. Through experiential training and case study analysis it seeks to develop an understanding of and a level of engagement with key issues such as strategic planning and the day-to-day administration of operational financial and human resources. Also, the course offers a hands-on exploration of current marketing strategies, program evaluation tools and designs, and approaches to effective institutional change, with direct applications to various program management contexts.

Course II: Teacher development and supervision

This course explores key issues in developing, supervising, and motivating a community of teaching professionals. It aims to build an understanding of what supervision entails in different teaching-and-learning contexts, and the roles and tasks of a supervisor. Also, the course offers hands-on experience working with various approaches to supervisory observations as well as planning and structuring teachers’ professional development.

Course III: Language program curriculum development and review

This course introduces students to the fundamental issues and practices concerning curriculum development, implementation, and review. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the different procedures that are essential for curriculum design, such as identifying learning needs, setting program goals, determining appropriate course syllabi and instructional methods, and assessing learning outcomes. In addition, the course will also provide an overview of the varying approaches to evaluating and revising curriculum in order to maintain the quality and success of a language program.

Course IV: Language program accreditation, assessment, and accountability

This course introduces students to the concepts and practices of accreditation, quality review, and accountability in language programs. The purpose, challenges, and benefits of accreditation will be discussed, and students will examine a selected set of accreditation standards to consider how these can be met. Students will gain insight into how accreditation agencies ensure accountability, and they will identify essential components and processes of a review plan for language programs.

NOTE: While content of each of the LPM courses relates to language teaching organizations in general, illustrations will be mostly pulled from ESL/EFL contexts.


Nancy Boblett

Nancy Boblett, Ed. D. is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the TESOL and Applied Linguistics program at Teachers College, Columbia University and in the Teaching and Curriculum program at Hunter College, City University of New York. At Teachers College, Nancy teaches Classroom Practices and the Integrated Skills, Speaking, and Reading Practica, and at Hunter College, she teaches the Teaching Academic English for Adults Practicum and Teaching Oral Skills. She holds an Ed.D. in Applied Linguistics with a specialization in language in use from Teachers College, an M.A. in TESOL from the University of Illinois, an M.A. in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Minnesota. Nancy has taught Spanish, general ESL, English for Academic purposes (EAP) and Business ESL (EBP) courses at all proficiency levels for over 40 years in the U.S. and Spain. She has been a teacher trainer and supervisor for the last 10 years at Teachers College and Hunter College in both M.A. TESOL/Applied Linguistics programs and TESOL Certificate programs. She also leads workshops for international students at Teachers College, the Columbia University Students and Scholars Office, the Columbia University Office of Post-doctoral Affairs, and the College of Dental Medicine at Columbia University. She has published articles and book chapters on topics related to teacher training and language classroom discourse. Her research interests include teacher education, teacher expertise, and classroom discourse.

Silvana Dushku

Silvana Dushku, Ph.D. is the Director of the Community Language Program and TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, a position she has been holding since July 2017. Previously, she worked as English language faculty and teacher trainer in Europe for 8 years. She holds an M.A. degree in TESL, and a Ph.D. in Education/SLATE with specialization in program development and evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). For 35 years, she has been involved in English language teaching at all levels, IEP administration, curriculum design, program development and evaluation, as well as teacher training. Specifically, she worked as Assistant Director at the UIUC Intensive English Institute (IIE) for 10 years and led the IIE curriculum development, program recruitment and promotion campaigns, faculty and staff training and evaluation, as well as new hybrid course and program development and instruction for international students, UIUC scholars and researchers. As current Director of the Community Language Program and TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, Silvana provides academic and administrative leadership, and monitors and oversees the CLP/TCP budget, hiring and payroll, student recruitment and marketing, and the day-to-day administrative operations of the two programs. Also, she has a strong interest in teaching and researching vocabulary and spoken discourse, teacher professionalization, applied corpus linguistics, and blended learning. She has published on various aspects of language program development and evaluation, as well as on conversation management in journals including TESOL Quarterly, System, World Englishes, Classroom Discourse, and others. Recently, she successfully completed the 10-week, Columbia University Management and Development Program (CUMDP). She has been currently engaged in developing and managing new hybrid and online programs such as the International Researchers Language Program (IRLP) and the new Language Program Management (LPM) Certificate Program.

Vivian Lindhardsen

Vivian Lindhardsen, Ph.D. is a senior lecturer in Language and Education and the director of the Applied Linguistics and TESOL program at Teachers College, Columbia University, where she teaches Second Language Assessment in PK-12, Pedagogical English Grammar, Educational Linguistics, and several PK-12 Methods courses. She holds a Ph.D. in TESOL and Applied Linguistics from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, and an M.A. in English Language and Literature from Copenhagen University, Denmark. Dr. Lindhardsen has more than 25 years of experience as a language educator, including teaching English and foreign languages at several levels of education, including intensive English programs for adults, PreK-12 as well as undergraduate and graduate levels. She has solid experience in educational administration and management, having served as a PreK-12 assistant principal, as the director of the Community Language Program and TESOL Certificate Program at Teachers College, as a founder of a Scandinavian school, and as the director of the International Center for Language Studies (ICLS), where she worked intensely with governmental agencies to provide foreign language training, assessment, and curriculum development. Dr. Lindhardsen is a former commissioner and a long-standing reviewer for The Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and she an expert member of New York State Teacher Certification Exams (NYSTCE) and of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for TESOL standards Dr. Lindhardsen has published journal articles and textbooks in writing assessment and in language pedagogy.

Yuna Seong

Yuna Seong is a clinical assistant professor at the English Language Institute at New York University and is currently working towards her doctoral degree in Applied Linguistics at Teachers College, Columbia University with specialization in second language assessment. She has been in the field of English as a second/foreign language (ESL/EFL) education since 2000 and has taught English to learners of all ages and levels at a number of language schools and universities in Korea, Hawaii, and New York. In addition to English language teaching she is a teacher trainer and lecturer at the Teachers College TESOL Certificate Program and a SAT/PSAT test reviewer for the College Board. Currently, as a faculty and the assessment coordinator at NYU’s English Language Institute, she has developed and taught several face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses and workshops, develops and administers program-level tests, and is co- leading the ELI’s curriculum revision project. She holds an M.A. degree in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa with concentrations on language teaching and LAMPE (Language Assessment, Measurement, and Program Evaluation). As a doctoral student, her research interests include teaching and assessing second language, English for specific purposes, scenario-based and learning-oriented assessments, and cognitive processes in second language test performance.


Application Requirements:

In order to be considered for admission in the Language Program Management Certificate Program, you need to apply online.

The application process involves these four steps:

  1. Complete the online application form
  2. Upload an official copy of your academic BA degree transcript
  3. Upload a current resume
  4. Pay the non-refundable application fee ($50 for domestic applicants; $100 for international applicants)

Admission decisions will be made upon receipt and review of all of the above documents.

Also, please note that:

  1. Well-qualified applicants may be admitted at other times if space is available.
  2. Applicants interested in taking only one of the four required LPM courses will be put on a waiting list.

All applicants will be officially notified about admission decisions by email. Only complete applications will be considered.

If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us at

Payment and Refunds


Program tuition is $3,000 and is paid before or upon program registration date. Payment is submitted online by credit card. Students should plan to spend approximately $300 on books and supplies.


You are advised to review the Language Program Management Certificate Program refund policy before you submit the program tuition payment. Please note that application fees are non-refundable.


The refund deadline is 7 days after the first day of the Program. Within this deadline, students can request a full refund. They must email and include the reason for the cancellation.


More than 7 days before the Program start date: A full refund will be made upon request. To request a refund more than 7 days before the first day of the Program, the student must email and include the reason for the cancellation.


Between 7 days before and the refund deadline after the Program start date: All refund requests will be subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

To request a refund during the LATE REFUND REQUEST period, students must email and provide a reason for the cancellation.

Refund requests that include (but are not limited to) the following reasons will result in a $100 cancellation fee:

  • Schedule conflict
  • Traveling
  • Business conflict

Refunds will NOT be granted at any time AFTER the program registration date for the following reasons:

  • I found out this program does not meet my needs
  • This program does not license me to be a program administrator
  • I found the job that I needed, I do not care for an LPM Certificate
  • This program seems too difficult for me

Refunds will NOT be granted after the refund deadline, which is 7 days after the first day of the Program. This information can be found on the LPM website and in the LPM Academic Handbook.

For questions about our refund policy, please contact our office at

Upcoming LPM Events


January 8, 5:30-7pm -
Online LPM Program Orientation

January 11 -
LPM Program starts


Information coming soon.