Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

The Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School is available 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.

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Certificate Courses

  • ENG 409.01 Major Figures in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School
  • ENG 409.02 Issues of Grammar in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School
  • ENG 409.03 Writing Assessment in High School/Middle school
  • ENG 409.04 Using Technology to Teach Writing in High School/Middle School
  • ENG 409.05 Applying Rhetoric to the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School
  • ENG 409.06 The Writing Project (Offered Each Summer)

When can I start?

You can start the program any semester. Contact Dr. Aaron Smith, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, for registration information.

Who takes these courses?

With few exceptions, all students in these classes already hold teacher certification in a middle or secondary subject. Most are full time high school or middle school teachers and share a high level of investment in the courses.

When are the courses offered?

We know high school and middle school teachers have especially full schedules. These courses are typically offered in six-hour blocks every other Saturday during the semester.

Who teaches the certificate courses?

These courses are taught by members of the ISU English Department faculty who have substantial experience as full-time middle or secondary educators or very substantial experience working with teachers in middle and secondary schools.

What if I miss one of the courses?

The 409 courses are typically offered once every three years with the exception of 409.6, the Writing Project, which is offered each summer. Should you miss a course, you can either wait until the course is offered again, or you can petition the graduate director to substitute an apporpriate English Department graduate rhetorical/composition course.

How do I complete the certificate?

In addition to 18 hours of coursework, you complete the Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School by doing the following:

For more information about the certificate, Contact Dr. Aaron Smith, Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English, for registration information.

For information on the specifics of the certificate courses, contact Dr. Robert Broad, Dr. Julie Cheville, or Dr. Janice Neuleib.

For information about graduate certificates at ISU, please visit the Graduate School's Graduate Certificate page.