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Teaching of Writing – Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is an 18-hour program, offered through the Prairie Lands Writing Project (PLWP), for teachers wishing to meet professional development requirements as well as for post-master’s candidates specializing in teaching writing. Upon completion of the certificate, participants are ideally suited to fulfill leadership roles in collaborative teaching projects and in professional development offerings related to improving literacy instruction, grades K -16. The courses in the Certificate are taught by National Writing Project Teacher Consultants, and available to teachers at the reduced tuition rate of $75 a credit hour.

The courses in the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program are grounded in ongoing changes in theory and instructional practices in writing. The conceptual model of writing is process-centered: addressing the behaviors and thinking modes of student writers, the ways composing creates meaning and the way writing is influenced by the social contexts in which it is written.

Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the process paradigm as it translates to the teaching of writing in many genres and contexts
  • Develop and/or complete writing assignments which demonstrate that writing can be used as a tool for learning and critical inquiry
  • Know how to use technology to effectively enhance writing and learning
  • Create a philosophy of writing that leads to consistency in practice when teaching, assigning and assessing writing
  • Join the professional community of teachers who write by developing and publishing pieces demonstrating writing competence as well as the ability to teach writing effectively
  • Fulfill leadership roles in collaborative teaching projects, curriculum design and professional development offerings related to improved literacy instruction

Apply online as a degree‐seeking applicant for the Graduate Certificate in Writing at Missouri Western. There is a one-time graduate application fee of $45.

The deadline for fall admission is Aug. 1; deadline for spring is Oct. 1.

Request official copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts to be sent to Graduate School Admissions Office, Missouri Western State University, 4525 Downs Drive, St. Joseph, MO 64507.

Email your application materials to Dr. Susan Martens, Prairie Lands Writing Project Director, at Include the following as attachments:

  • A formal letter of intent to apply to the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program, including home and school contact information (address, phone and email), the year you were in the PLWP Invitational Summer Institute, and your reasons for wanting to begin this graduate program
  • Two pieces of your own writing, one of which must be related to teaching and/or teaching writing (these may be in your submitted Invitational Summer Institute portfolio)
  • Documentation from your Invitational Summer Institute inquiry demonstration (this may be in your submitted Invitational Summer Institute portfolio)
  • A professional resume or curriculum vitae (this may have been submitted with your application to the Invitational Summer Institute).
  • Completed Program of Study form for the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing and completed Change of Program form switching from Non-Degree-Seeking to Degree-Seeking status.

Program Name: Teaching of Writing – Graduate Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 1 Year (18 Credit Hours).

This program will cost $7,823.22 if completed within normal time for in-state students and $12,935.22 for out-of-state students. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed. 

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with NA of debt.  Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. Average debt has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of these students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: Missouri, Kansas, Iowa

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Last Updated June 20, 2019

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Teaching of Writing (Graduate Certificate)

Certificate Requirements
EDU 512Teaching Writing with Technology3
or ENG 512 Teaching Writing with Technology
EDU 610Prairie Lands Writing Project Invitational Institute6
or ENG 610 Prairie Lands Writing Project Invitational Institute
EDU 612Seminar in Professional Writing for Teachers3
or ENG 612 Seminar in Professional Writing for Teachers
Select six credit hours from the following:6
Topics in Teaching Writing
Topics in Teaching Writing
Professional Learning Community
Professional Learning Community
Seeking Support for Assessment: Funds, Partners, and Disseminating Results
Literature for Adolescents
Literature for Children
Grammar and the Teaching of Grammar
History of the English Language
Composition Theory and Pedagogy
Total Credit Hours18

Graduation Requirements

  1. Filing an approved Application for Graduation.
  2. Satisfactory completion of all required coursework as listed on the approved Program of Study.
  3. Earn a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no more than 6 credit hours of C in all required coursework.

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for this program may be found here.

Are you ready to declare a program of study? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the program director.

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