Writing - Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School
The Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing in High School/Middle School is available only to those already certified as middle school or high school teachers. The courses taken create opportunities for full-time high school and middle school teachers to develop and enhance their expertise in the teaching of writing in their classes. High school and middle school teachers in any discipline with an interest in studying current theory and practice in the teaching of writing are encouraged to apply for admission to the Certificate program.
This certificate requires 18 credit hours for completion. Learn more about the certificate program by reviewing our frequently asked questions.
For more information regarding our graduation rates, cost of instruction, and the median loan debts of students who complete the program, please review the gainful employment disclosures.
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University Admission Requirements
A student applying to a graduate certificate program must:
- have earned a four-year bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a college or university that is accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting association, or do so within one academic year
International students can learn more about specific application requirements by visiting the Office of Admissions.
Additional Program Admission Requirements
To be considered for this program, you must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at Illinois State and meet the following requirements.
You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for either the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework or any previous work in a master's program.
Statement of Purpose
Submit a two-page PDF that describes your career goals and addresses the following topics.
Interest in program: Why do you want to be admitted to the post-baccalaureate certificate program?
Personal and professional goals (300 words or less): How does this program support your personal and professional goals? For example, what challenges are you currently facing in the teaching of writing, and/or what previous successes in the teaching of writing would you like to build on?
Professional development (300 words or less): Explain your previous professional development initiatives and experiences. Consider including:
- Professional organizations to which you belong
- Workshops or conferences you’ve attended
- Books or articles you’ve read
- Experiences that have influenced your development as a teacher
Certification: What type of teaching certificate do you hold and in what states are you certified to teach?
Teaching Level: Are you currently teaching at the middle school or high school level? If yes, include the name and address of the school, and what grade you teach.
Reference Letter Contact Information
Provide the name and email address of one reference for a letter of recommendation.
English Proficiency Scores (International Students Only)
International students are required to submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum TOEFL score required is 100 (internet-based testing), or 250 (computer-based testing), or 600-603 (paper-based testing).
- Fall (August) Term — January 15
- Spring (January) Term — October 15
- Summer (May/June) Term — April 1