Language Program Administration: Graduate Certificate & Ph.D. Minor

SLAT offers a Ph.D. Minor and a Graduate Certificate in Language Program Administration. This program focuses on providing the knowledge and skills specific to administration within a collegiate foreign/second language program setting. Course requirements and elective options are listed below. 

Language Program Administration PhD Minor and Certificate

This program is offered as a PhD Minor for doctoral students enrolled in the either the SLAT PhD program or another doctoral program at the University of Arizona, or as a stand-alone Graduate Certificate. Individuals interested in the stand-alone certificate should have a graduate degree in teaching a second or foreign language. The program focuses on providing the knowledge and skills specific to administration within a collegiate foreign/second language program. Students will learn about the various responsibilities that language program administrators have and gain practical experience in several areas central to the position. 

Course Requirements (12 units total)

Part A
Core Courses, select 1 course in each area (9 credits)


  • SLAT 570 Leaderships for Program Administration: Institutional Contexts
  • EDL 560 Trends in Educational Leadership
  • HED 609 Organization and Administration in Higher Education.


  • SLAT 571 Language Program Administration
  • SLAT 574 Conceptualizing, Designing, and Directing Foreign Language Programs


  • SLAT 572 Language Program Evaluation: Policies, Standards, and Practice
  • EDL 601 Evaluation of Educational Programs and Personnel
  • EDP 582A Educational Evaluation

Part B
Electives, select 1 course (3 credits)


  • ENGL 589 Internet Technologies in Second and Foreign Language Education
  • FREN 581 Technology and Foreign Language Learning
  • SPAN 581C Online Course Design for Advanced Language Courses


  • FREN 588 Materials Design
  • SLAT/GER 587 Assessment in Second/Foreign Language Learning


  • GER 518 Intercultural Communication and Second Language Acquisition
  • FREN 586 Language Learning in Study Abroad Context


  • EDL 696A Topics in Educational Leadership: Professional Development


  • SLAT 693 Internship


Students are advised by Dr. Suzanne Panferov Reese, the SLAT Area Chair for the LPA Minor/Graduate Certificate. The SLAT Area Chair for this program reviews and approves any requested course substitutions. Transfer coursework (non-UA coursework) will typically not be accepted. However in special circumstances, the Area Chair may approve up to 3 units of transfer coursework. 

Application Instructions for the Graduate Certificate

To access the online application for SLAT’s Graduate Certificate in Language Program Administration, please go to and follow the instructions to create an account and submit your materials. Questions may be directed to