Grad Cert: Teaching of Writing Certificate

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Specialize in the Teaching of Writing

The Teaching of Writing Graduate Certificate is an 18-hour program offered through the Gateway Writing Project; it may also be coordinated with other graduate programs. Certificate courses may be applicable to the Masters of Arts in English with emphasis in composition or to various Masters of Education programs. This Certificate is especially appropriate for post-master's candidates who wish to pursue a specialization in teaching writing.

Through this certificate you can deepen your understanding of the writing process and how to teach it successfully to diverse learners. You can take the time to hone your own writing in a variety of modes. You can examine the cultural and political role of writing in today's society and learn the power of culturally responsive teaching. You can gain a systematic and purposeful view of teaching techniques, writing theory, new research, and student learning. As a result, you will develop an organizing vision that provides a context for what you know today and a basis for evaluating what you discover tomorrow. You will build a personal portfolio for multiple purposes, including district-level professional advancement and National Board Certification. Most important, perhaps, you will find a professional learning community.

Graduate Certificate

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Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, Gateway Writing Project.

Jointly housed in the Division of Teaching and Learning and the Department of English, this Graduate Certificate prepares teachers at all levels (K-12, college, adult) to improve their students’ performance in writing. The program also emphasizes using writing as a means to promote learning in all content areas. All courses provide opportunities for teachers to write, revise, share feedback, and reflect on their own writing development. Based on the National Writing Project’s core belief that teachers of writing must themselves be writers, the Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing brings together sound pedagogy, composition theory, and writing practice.

The Certificate is an 18-hour program through the Gateway Writing Project (GWP); it may also be coordinated with other graduate programs. Certificate courses may be applicable to the M.A. in English with emphasis in composition or to various M.Ed. programs. The GWP Certificate is especially appropriate for post-master’s candidates who wish to pursue a specialization in teaching writing. The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing requires a 12 semester-hour core of courses developed by the Gateway Writing Project: The GWP invitational institute (6 hrs), a designated “topics” course (3 hrs.), and an exit course (3 hrs.). The Certificate requires a minimum of 12 semester hours at the 5000 or 6000 level or above. Electives (6 hrs.) may be chosen from approved offerings in English or Education.

Admission

Applicants must be admitted to Graduate School and be selected by the faculty admissions committee for the Gateway Writing Project’s Certificate in the Teaching of Writing. The committee will review candidates on the basis of an interview, an application essay, and supporting documentation. Criteria include experience teaching writing at any level and academic record, especially in writing and the teaching of writing.

Prerequisites

 

ENGL/SEC ED 4880Writing For Teachers (or an equivalent course in teaching writing )3
Coursework or competency in basic computer application.

Required Core Courses

ENGL 4850/TCH ED 5850Topics In The Teaching Of Writing (designated topics)3
ENGL 6880Gateway Writing Project6
TCH ED 6890Seminar In Professional Writing For Teachers (exit course)3
Total Hours12

Electives

Electives may be chosen from other Gateway Writing Project offerings or from courses offered by the appropriate academic department with advisor’s approval. These electives must include at least one more 5000-6000 level course.

Electives6
Suggested electives applicable to an MA in English with writing emphasis:
ENGL 5800
Modern Linguistics
ENGL 5840
Theories Of Writing
ENGL 5860
Writing/Reading Theory
ENGL 5870
Composition Research
ENGL 5890
Teaching College Writing
Suggested electives applicable to an M.Ed. in Elementary or Secondary Education ELE:
ELE ED 6387
Literacy Acquisition And Learning For Diverse Students
ELE ED 6482
Problems And Research In Teaching Elementary School
ED REM 6714
Action Research In Education
Total Hours6

Courses in adult and higher education may also be appropriate. For complete information, see The GatewayWriting Project’s Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing, available from the English Department, the Division of Teaching and Learning, and the GWP Director.

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Nancy Robb Singer, Ph.D.
Chair of the Department of Educator Preparation, Innovation and Research

Nancy Robb Singer holds B.S. Ed. and M.Ed. degrees from the University of Missouri—Columbia and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. At UMSL, Dr. Singer directs the Gateway Writing Project (GWP) and is a faculty lead in the English Education program.