These modules are for educators who are interested in becoming postsecondary language program directors (LPD) or in learning more about what LPDs do and the multiple facets of this complex and rewarding job. Although the intended audience is novice and aspiring LPDs, experienced LPDs will also gain from the various perspectives and resources provided, including the extensive LPD bibliography and project-sponsored activities at the International Language Teacher Education Conference hosted by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition (CARLA).

   Available now:

This module provides an overview of the roles and work of the LPD, including video testimonials from novice and experienced LPDs, tips and strategies for working effectively, and practical activities and resources to support LPDs.

This module provides an overview of syllabus design, definitions of key syllabus types and parts, and tips and strategies to create a course syllabus that respects diversity, is inclusive, and appeals to students.

    Coming soon:

  • Module 3: Program Evaluation and Improvement
  • Module 4: The Methods Course and Ongoing Teacher Professional Development
  • Module 5: Preparing to Teach Beyond the Lower-Level Curriculum
  • Module 6: Open Educational Resources in Language Program Direction
  • Module 7: The Language Program Director as Scholar

You will find more about the modules on the LPD site here:

This project is created by the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition at the University of Minnesota, in collaboration with the American Association of University Supervisors and Coordinators (AAUSC), the Center for Educational Resources in Culture, Language, and Literacy (CERCLL) at the University of Arizona, and the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (COERLL) at the University of Texas at Austin.