The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

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Complete Online Program Available Summer 2019
18-Hour Online Certificate Program

The Teaching Certificate (CTW) is an ideal way for high school and middle-level educators to pursue professional development with only one required course, ENG 5585, Writing Project for K-12 Teachers.

CTW Advantages

  • Qualify for Dual-Credit Certification
  • Complete Professional Development requirements
  • Connect with Writing Teachers in the Region through EIU's Eastern Illinois Writing Project  which is allied with the National Writing Project
  • Earn 18 of the required 30 coursework credits (plus 3-credit thesis, for a total of 33 credits) to earn your full MA degree in English! 
  • DON'T WAIT UNTIL SUMMER! Enroll in an online English course to earn credit NOW, even before taking ENG 5585, which will be available fully online in Summer 2019.

Pre-Requisites for Admission

  • Fully certified at high school or middle school level
  • Non ELA educators may use the certificate for ELA endorsement
  • Non-certified students (who have completed a BA degree) may enroll with approval of the Graduate Coordinator and Chair of the Department of English

How to Apply

  • Fill out the simple Summer Writing Institute online application
  • Wait for a welcome message from Dr. Robin Murray with confirmation of acceptance before proceeding or registering for any courses
  • Follow the MyEIU link to begin the university application process
  • Choose Application Type: Graduate Studies
  • Choose Planned Course of Study: Online Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
  • Pay the one-time $30 application fee for MyEIU
  • You're in! You may register immediately for grad-level courses (English 4750 and above). Contact the English Graduate Coordinator with any questions.

Required Courses

• ENG 5585 Writing Project for K-12 Teachers (6 crs.)


Summer 2018: ENG 5585 will be taught as a hybrid online course: see the EIU’s Summer Writing Institute for information about specific dates for the online component and the on-campus component.

Summer 2019: ENG 5585 will be taught FULLY ONLINE!

Start your application now in order to reserve a space in the Summer 2019 online course!

Start earning credits now! Enroll in online grad courses offered in Summer 2018 and Fall 2018.


To earn the full Certificate, students choose at least four of the following three-credit courses, which are offered on rotation:

• ENG 4760 Studies in Professional Writing*

• ENG 4765 Professional Editing

• ENG 4801 Integrating the English Language Arts

• ENG 4906 Problems in the Teaching of English*

• ENG 5007 Composition Theory and Pedagogy

• ENG 5011 Studies in Composition and Rhetoric*

• ENG 5061 Special Topics in Literature and Literary Theory*

• ENG 5091 Studies in Language, Linguistics, and Literacy*

       * May be taken more than once

NOTE: no more than 12 credits (or 4 courses) between 4750 and 4999 may count toward the MA degree in English

For further information, contact Dr. Randy Beebe (rlbeebe@eiu.edu), Graduate Coordinator, English Department, Eastern Illinois University and Dr. Robin Murray (rlmurray@eiu.edu), Director of the Writing Project.