Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate:

Writing - Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School

The Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School is available only to those already certified as middle school or high school teachers. The courses taken create opportunities for full-time high school and middle school teachers to develop and enhance their expertise in the teaching of writing in their classes. High school and middle school teachers in any discipline with an interest in studying current theory and practice in the teaching of writing are encouraged to apply for admission to the Certificate program.

This certificate requires 18 credit hours for completion. Learn more about the certificate program by reviewing our frequently asked questions.

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University Admission Requirements

A student applying to a graduate certificate program must:

  • have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year

International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.

Additional Program Admission Requirements

A student applying to this program must:

  • have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program
  • be enrolled in a graduate degree program at Illinois State University
  • submit a two-page statement of purpose describing your career goals in pdf format:
    • Tell us why you want to be admitted to the post-baccalaureate certificate program. How does this program support your personal and professional goals? (For example, what challenges are you currently facing in the teaching of writing and/or what previous successes in the teaching of writing would you would like to build on?) 300 words max.
    • Tell us about your previous professional development initiatives and experiences. (You might want to discuss professional organizations to which you belong, workshops or conferences you've attended, books or articles you've read, and/or any other experiences that have influenced your development as a teacher.) 300 words max.
    • What type of teaching certificate do you hold?
    • In what state(s) are you certified to teach?
    • Are you currently teaching at the Middle School or High School level? If you answered yes to the last question, please supply the name of the school, its address, and the grade you teach.
  • submit name and email address of one reference for a letter of recommendation wthin the online application

International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score required is 100 (internet-based testing), or 250 (computer-based testing), or 600-603 (paper-based testing).

Admission Dates and Deadlines

Term Application Deadline
Fall (August)  January 15;January 15 for International students 
Spring (January)  October 15 
Spring (January)  October 1 for International students 
Summer (May/June)  April 1 

Graduate Coordinator

Name Office Email Phone
Angela Haas  Stevenson 409  ahaas@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3651