Online Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies, you explore the core principles of writing and literature. You learn to teach students to craft sound arguments using close attention to logic, context, and audience. You also develop a fluency with the current debates, schools, and theories of writing instruction.

Areas of focus include: 

  • Contemporary theory on the pedagogy of composition and literature
  • Linguistic structures and history of the English language
  • Reading strategies and literary analysis, with attention to close reading, style, form, genre, and rhetorical practices
  • Approaches to composition and writing instruction, including the identification and evaluation of sources, use of evidence, generation of ideas, and the development and organization of argument
  • Developing archival research skills and facility with electronic resources
  • Developments, trends, and frontiers in the digital humanities

Of Special Interest for Dual-Credit and Community College Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Standards 

The Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses to hold either a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in another discipline, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 20 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies. 
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online MA in English, you may apply the 20 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies toward the master's degree. 
Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies prepares you for such careers as:
  • Composition dual-credit teacher (high school) 
  • Composition instructor (community college)

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Certificate Requirements

To enroll in this program, you must possess either a BA in English (or related bachelor's degree in education with an English specialization, concentration, or outside area) or two years of secondary teaching experience in literature or composition classes. To earn the Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies, you must complete a total of 20 credit hours.

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MA in English, these certificate courses may apply to ("stack into") your degree requirements. Admission to the Certificate in Composition Studies does not constitute admission into any of the face-to-face graduate programs in English at the participating campuses. 

See courses that are being offered this semester. 

Admissions

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

    To enroll in this program, you must possess either a BA in English (or related bachelor's degree in education with an English specialization, concentration, or outside area) or two years of secondary teaching experience in literature or composition classes.

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states
To apply to this program:

Complete an online application that includes:

  • Transcripts 
  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program
  • TOEFL scores (international students only) 

Student Services

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including: 

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU

Core Courses

Course Credit Hours
ENG-G 660 Stylistics -or-
ENG-L 646 Readings in Media/Literature/Culture
4 Credits
ENG-W 500 Teaching Composition: Issues & Approaches -or-
ENG-W 509 Writing and Literacy Studies
4 Credits
ENG-W 501 Teaching of Composition in College -or-
ENG-W 600 Topics of Rhetoric and Composition
4 Credits
ENG-W 590 Teaching Writing: Theories and Application -or-
ENG-W 620 Advanced Argumentative Writing
4 Credits
ENG-W 682 Sp. Topics: Rhetoric & Composition 4 Credits

Tuition

  • In-state: $320 per credit hour
  • Out of State: $450 per credit hour

Contact Information

Indiana University East
Office of Admissions
Whitewater Hall 116
2325 Chester Boulevard
Richmond, IN 47374-1289

Email: applynow@iue.edu
Phone: 765-973-8208 or toll free 800-959-EAST
Fax: 765-973-8209
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