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Graduate Certificate in Writing and Theory Practice

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This certificate helps you:

  • Feel confident that you’re giving your students the best possible writing experience
  • Learn cutting-edge strategies for teaching writing
  • Get back in touch with your own writing so that you can spready that joy to students
  • Gain a credential to enhance your marketability as a teacher and writer

To start, you need:

  • A bachelor’s degree
  • Desire to further your professional career
  • Recommended 3 years of teaching experience

    Get the details on admission requirements, processes, and timelines.

    Licensing Recommended:

    • Those holding a teaching license or in a licensure pathway will be given first consideration

    Finishing will take:

    • Completion of 18 credits (including 2-credit capstone)
    • Courses completed over two summers

    Begin your Certificate program:

    • Summer term

    Where you will take classes:

    • Online, asynchronous delivered summer only

    Tech you will need:

    • Computer with internet connection
    • Video conferencing capability (e.g., Skype)

    Where this program can take you:

    With a completed certificate, you will be:

    • A qualified dual enrollment instructor who meets the minimum credit requires of most accreditind bodies (HLC, HECC);
    • Eligible to teach courses at the community college level; and
    • Inspired to change how writing is taught in your classroom.

    What you will learn:

    Participants in the Graduate Certificate for Writing Theory and Practice for In-Service Teachers will learn the theory and practice of college composition instruction. This 18-credit graduate certificate prepares middle and high school teachers for teaching college composition through dual enrollment by combining coursework in theory and practice from the field of Writing Studies. This program is designed for all forms of dual enrollment instruction, including AP courses, College Now, Willamette Promise, etc. At the same time, teachers will work on developing and/or refining their own voices as writers and assemble a capstone portfolio of materials for teaching writing. Whether currently teaching dual enrollment or considering it in the future, this certificate will enhance teachers’ knowledge about writing theory and best practices in writing instruction which will benefit all our students.

    Learning outcomes:

    • Analyze key writing instruction theories from the fields of Rhetoric and Composition and Linguistics;
    • Apply theories of writing instruction to the creation of pedagogical materials;
    • Reflect critically on your own practices as writers and teachers;
    • Engage in inquiry projects exploring varied aspects of writing instruction in the classroom; and
    • Effectively instruct and guide students in college-level writing.


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