Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies Program offers graduate level education in composition studies for those who teach English at the high school or postsecondary level or for those who wish to teach writing at the community college or university level that do not hold an M.A. in English.

The purpose of the graduate Certificate in Composition Studies is to offer students a focused certificate in the teaching of reading and writing. The certificate provides structured learning and a supportive atmosphere for students who do not wish to pursue a traditional master’s degree in English or who wish to pursue certification in Composition Studies prior to or after completion of an MA. degree.

Program Format

The certificate’s courses, offered 100% online, provide flexibility in format and scheduling. Our online courses offer individualized instruction by shaping courses to individual student needs. The certificate also provides further professional development at the graduate level for licensed teachers already teaching academic writing at the high school level. The certificate does not lead to Indiana teacher licensure. See disclosure.

Certificate Requirements

Students must complete the 20 credit hours from the courses listed below, with 12 of the credit hours earned from IU East. Students must earn a grade of "B" or better for all courses used within the certificate.

Course Requirements (20 cr)

  • ENG-W500 Teaching Composition: Issues & Approaches or ENG-W509 Writing and Literary Studies
  • ENG-G660 Stylistics or ENG-L646 Readings in Media/Literature/Culture
  • ENG-W501 Teaching of Composition in College ENG-W600 Topics in Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENG-W590 Teaching Writing: Theories and Application ENG-W620 Advanced Argumentative Writing
  • ENG-W682 Sp. Topics: Rhetoric & Composition


Contact Information

Jean Harper

Jean Harper
  • Associate Professor, English
  • Director and Advisor, Graduate Programs, English
  • 765-973-8571
  • Whitewater Hall 267
  • Faculty Profile

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