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EIU Writing Project

The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

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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, 6 crs.), CTW students can complete coursework best suited for their teaching needs.


ENG 5585 (6 crs.) + 4 more courses

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
  • All 18 credits apply to the full MA degree in English (33 credits).

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 to CTW Program

  1. Follow the MyEIU link to begin the university application process (includes $30 application fee).
  2. Under “Application Type” select Graduate Studies
  3. Under “Planned Course of Study” select Online Certificate in the Teaching of Writing
  4. Once you’re admitted, you may register immediately for graduate-level courses (English 4750 and above). Contact the English Graduate Coordinator (Dr. Marjorie Worthington, with any questions.

How to Enroll in English 5585 (Writing Project for K-16 Teachers)

Since English 5585 is a specially designed and administered course—and offered in the summer term only—students first need to apply to enroll in the course, using this simple online application: Summer Writing Institute Application

The director of the Summer Writing Institute will then contact you and provide instructions on how to add the course using your EIU PAWS account.

Note: English 5585 is a very popular course and tends to fill up very quickly, usually by February or March for the following summer. Therefore, you should complete the application process in fall or early spring semester.

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Contact Information

Eastern Illinois Writing Project
Terri Fredrick, Director

Coleman Hall 3070

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