Degree Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing is a five-course program with the following requirements:

  • One course in Teaching Writing: Theory, Practice, and Craft
  • One course from the Genre Group
  • One course from the Reading and Literature Group
  • Two other courses of the student’s choice. (Please note this may include the residency; for the certificate, the residency is optional.)

All course offerings in the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing will be the same as those offered in the M.A. in Writing Program, and participants seeking the certificate and those seeking the degree will be in the same classes together. The only course listed below that is not open to graduate certificate students is the Thesis in Teaching Writing course.


Courses in the Teaching Writing program will include (but are not limited to):

Core Course

Genre Writing Group

Reading Group


  • Teaching Composition at the College and Community College Level
  • Teaching Reluctant Writers
  • Neuroscience, Creativity, and Writing (492.682)
  • Responding to and Revising Writing
  • Using Technology in the Onsite or Online Writing Classroom
  • Creating a Student-Run Writing Center
  • Writing for Young Readers (492.660)
  • The Power of Grammar and Usage

There may also be opportunities to take an elective from the MA in Writing Program or the MA in Science Writing Program.

Residency (Optional)

One 7-10-day residency as part of the Summer Hopkins Conference on Craft.

  • Residency: Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing

State-specific Information for Online Programs

We currently are not accepting applications to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing from students who reside in Wisconsin. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs.