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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teaching Writing - Graduate Certificate

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This certificate program is designed for current and prospective teachers in middle schools, high schools, and two- and four-year colleges. The aim of the program is to aid teachers in acquiring or expanding their expertise in teaching writing.


Individuals admitted to the certificate program must take three required courses (ten (10) credits) and two elective courses (at least six (6) credits). Courses may be taken in any order. In order to comply with the new HLC guidelines for accreditation, anyone interested in teaching in a content area is required to take eighteen (18) credits of course work. We strongly recommend that our students take eight (8) credits or three elective courses.
The three required courses for the certificate are Advanced Writing Workshop, Composition Theory, and Topics in Teaching Writing. These courses supply theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge about the teaching of writing. Elective courses allow individuals to pursue particular interests related to the teaching of writing. Below are bulletin descriptions of each course and current course offerings.

Common Core

Please note that ENG 621 and ENG 622 may substitute for ENG 655. ENG 621 and 622 require special permission from the instructor. Both courses are only offered face-to-face.
ENG 555 Advanced Writing Workshop 4
ENG 625 Seminar: Composition Theory 3
ENG 655 Topics in Teaching Writing 3

Restricted Electives

Students may choose from the following course list, taking at least 6 credits.
ENG 584 Pedagogical Grammar and Academic English 4
ENG 649 Topics in Creative Writing: Teaching Creative Writing 3
ENG 656 Teacher Research in the Writing Classroom 3
ENG 657 Teaching Writing with Literature 3

Gainful Employment Program Information
The program is a Gainful Employment program regulated by the U.S. Department of Education. The U.S. Department of Education requires additional information be provided to you about this certificate program. For more information follow these links: