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EIU Writing Project

The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

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Complete Online Program Available!

18-Hour Online Certificate Program

The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing (CTW) is an ideal way for high school, middle-level, and elementary educators to pursue professional development with only one required course, ENG 5585, Writing Project for K-16 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 coursework credits to complete your MA degree in English!  Note: students who successfully complete the Certificate of Teaching Writing can choose to continue on to complete their MA in Composition and Rhetoric for only 5 more classes!
  • DON'T WAIT UNTIL SUMMER! Enroll in an online English course to earn credit NOW, even before taking ENG 5585.

Pre-Requisites for Admission

  • Fully certified at high school, middle school, or elementary 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 machform message confirming receipt of your application 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-16 Teachers (6 crs.)


ENG 5585 is taught FULLY ONLINE!

Start your application now in order to reserve a space in the Summer 2020 online course!

Start earning credits now! Enroll in online grad courses offered in Summer and Fall 2020.


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 (suggested and offered Fall 2020!)

• ENG 5011 Studies in Composition and Rhetoric* (suggested and offered Fall 2020!)

• 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 (, Graduate Coordinator, English Department, Eastern Illinois University and Dr. Robin Murray (, Director of the Writing Project.

Note: students who successfully complete the Certificate of Teaching Writing can choose to continue on to complete their MA in Composition and Rhetoric for only 5 more classes!

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