If you are interested in teaching writing and want to expand your knowledge and earn professional certifications at the same time, consider the graduate certificate in teaching writing at Ball State.

This 15-credit certificate may be of interest for anyone who would like to immerse themselves in writing theory and join a community of fellow teachers of writing.  

While this certificate is open to all applicants, secondary teachers who teach dual-credit English courses especially may find this certificate useful for fulfilling the Higher Learning Commissions’ policy requiring 18 credits in graduate coursework in the discipline in which they teach. Teachers can earn this certificate and take anadditional three-credit graduate course of their choice to meet the HLC’s requirement.

Faculty Expertise

  • composition theory
  • writing pedagogy
  • teaching with technology
  • writing center administration
  • scholarship of teaching and learning
  • rhetorical history and theory

Program Requirements

  • ID 601 Teaching Practices in Higher Education (TAs only) (3 credits)
  • ENG 604 Teaching with Technology (3 credits)
  • ENG 605 Teaching in English Studies (must be taken as Composition first) (3 credits)
  • ENG 609 Indiana Writing Project (max 3 credits) (3 credits)
  • ENG 699 Contemporary Theories of Composition (3 credits)
  • ENG 605 Teaching in English Studies (after taking as Composition) (3 credits)
  • ENG 610 Reading and Writing Across Genres (3 credits)
  • ENG 611 Workshop in Creative Nonfiction (3 credits)
  • ENG 612 Workshop in Fiction Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 613 Workshop in Poetry Writing (3 credits)
  • ENG 615 Workshop in Screenwriting (3 credits)
  • ENG 617 Methods for Teaching English Language Learners (3 credits)
  • ENG 620 English Linguistics for Educators (3 credits)
  • ENG 670 Seminar in English Education (depending on topic) (3-9 credits)
  • ENG 672 Workshop in English Language Arts (depending on topic) (3 credits)
  • ENG 673 English Language and Grammar (3 credits)
  • ENG 674 English Language Arts Elementary (3 credits)
  • ENG 675 Teaching Writing in Secondary Education (3 credits)
  • ENG 690 Seminar in Composition (depending on topic) (3 credits)
  • ENG 692 Writing Technologies (3 credits)

Paying for Your Education

Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in pursuing an MA in English studies? The first step is to apply as a graduate student to Ball State University. You will also need to meet admission criteria and apply to the program itself.

More Information

If you would like to learn more about this program or about Ball State Graduate School in general, please complete our online form to request more information. Or if you’d like to speak with someone in our department directly by phone or email, please contact us.