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 Writing Group
  • One course from the Reading-Focused Group
  • Two other courses of the student’s choice. (This may include the residency, which is optional for certificate-seeking students.)

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.


Teaching Writing Core

Writing Genre Courses

Reading Focused Courses



(Optional for certificate-seeking students.)

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.