Program Overview

The Teaching of Writing Graduate Certificate at Minnesota State University-Mankato is ideal for prospective and current teachers who wish to gain expertise in teaching writing.  Individuals who are or wish to be teachers in middle schools, high schools, or two/four year colleges will benefit in expanding their knowledge and skills in this area, whether they focus primarily writing in their career or as a secondary interest.  The curriculum is adaptable in order to meet students’ needs, and the online format allows students to complete classes at their own pace.  The faculty has a wide range of experience as writing teachers and researchers, and the curriculum balances writing theory with practice.

The program requires 16 credit hours for completion.  There are three required core courses which are focused on seminars and workshops within writing.  Core classes give students theoretical, practical, and experiential knowledge in teaching writing.  Students can also take at least two electives in order to pursue certain interests and career goals.  Elective topics include pedagogical grammar, creative writing, research, and literature.

Earning this certificate can give teachers extra skills to add to their resume and allows them to change careers or earn promotions within teaching.  Students have the potential to gain a  competitive edge for positions as lecturers or writing department directors, and the curriculum vitae for PhD teaching assistantships will be broadened.  Applicants of this program must submit a writing sample which may be informative, persuasive, or analytical, and written for workplace or undergraduate assignment.  There are a certain number of teaching assistantships available, and these require students to be present on campus.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Founded in 1868 as Mankato Normal School, the school became Mankato State Teachers College in 1921, Mankato State College in 1957 and Mankato State University in 1975. In 1998, it took the name that stands today—Minnesota State University, Mankato. The first graduates earned one- or two-year degrees to become teachers, but the university has been granting four-year degrees in a growing number of disciplines since 1927. The first master’s degrees were awarded in 1954, and the first doctorate was conferred in 2009.

    Minnesota State University Mankato offers online bachelor completion, graduate degrees and certificate programs in a variety of disciplines. 

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