Teaching of Writing K-12

Graduate programs

Certificate in Teaching of Writing K-12

Keri Franklin, Program Coordinator
Linda Trinh Moser, Program Advisor
Department of English
215 Siceluff
Phone (417) 836-5107

 

MSU's Title IV Federal Financial Aid, for this certificate, is pending final approval of application to Department of Education. Check with the MSU Office of Financial Aid if you have questions.

Program Description  

The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing K-12 provides a 15-hour graduate-level experience for educators (post-bac or those who already have a MA or are enrolled in MA degree programs) wishing to meet professional development requirements in the teaching of writing. Students will gain a deep understanding of the teaching of writing through a combination of working on their own writing, reflecting on their teaching practices, and reading current research in writing pedagogy, composition, and literacy. Following the National Writing Project model of “teachers teaching teachers,” participants will share successful writing activities through demonstrations and develop and implement curriculum. They will formulate research questions about their teaching practices and document the effects of their instruction by collecting and analyzing student work. Upon completion of the certificate, educators are ideally suited to fulfill leadership roles in collaborative teaching projects and in professional development offerings related to improving writing instruction. This certificate is a Missouri State University Certificate and does not meet Missouri State's DESE Certification requirements for teaching.

Admission Criteria 

To be considered for the program, a student must apply and be admitted to the Graduate College; have successfully complete the Invitational Summer Institute (ENG 730 or the equivalent at a National Writing Project site) with a “B” grade or better; and hold a Bachelor’s degree in English or related field. Students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than English may be admitted to the GCTW program if they can demonstrate a commitment to teaching writing within their own discipline as a central component of their pedagogy. Such a commitment can be demonstrated in the statement of purpose or letters of recommendation.

 The following additional required application materials should be sent to the GCTW program coordinator:

• A Statement of Purpose, approximately 500-750 words describing academic and/or professional objectives, teaching philosophy, approach and demonstrating a commitment to teaching writing; and

• Two letters of recommendation from people who can speak to your academic and/or professional experience and expertise.

Required Courses:  15 hours total

Core Courses: Choose 9 hours from:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ENG 730

Invitational Summer Institute

3-6 hrs

ENG 631

Writing for Teachers

3 hrs

ENG 720

Composition Theory

3 hrs

ENG 732

Seminar: Issues and Trends in English Education

3 hrs

Additional Courses: Choose 6 hours from:

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

ENG 604

Advanced Writing: Non-Fiction

3 hrs

ENG 623

Writing Center Theory and Practice

3 hrs

ENG 629

Composition & Rhetoric in High School and Junior College

3 hrs

ENG 631*

Writing for Teachers

3 hrs

ENG 639

Advanced Writing for Children and Young Adults

3 hrs

ENG 665

Literature and Language Workshop

3 hrs

ENG 672

Writing Grant Proposals

3 hrs

ENG 678

Writing in the Health Professions

3 hrs

ENG 679

Writing for the Web

3 hrs

ENG 684

Topics in Professional Writing

3 hrs

ENG 704

Teaching Writing Online

3 hrs

ENG 720*

Composition Theory

3 hrs

ENG 721

Theory of Basic Writing

3 hrs

ENG 725

Seminar: Composition and Rhetoric

3 hrs

ENG 732*

Seminar: Issues and Trends in English Education

3 hrs

ENG 770

The Teaching of Technical & Professional Writing

3 hrs

* Cannot be counted as an “additional course” if taken as a core class.

Completion requirements

Courses must be completed with a 3.00 GPA for successful completion of certificate.