Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

At a Glance:

Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

Semester hours 15
Average Completion Time 10-16 months, depending on student pacing preferences
Cost per credit $626* (financial aid available for degree seekers)
Accreditation Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU);
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Location Portland Center (near Tigard), Newberg
Priority Application Deadlines Rolling

*All stated financial information is subject to change.

NCATE Accredited
Teaching of Writing

Purpose

Students desiring to add a Certificate in the Teaching of Writing to their professional preparation would complete the requirements below.

Program Objectives

Educational Objectives

To enable students to:
Develop expertise in the teaching of writing and use of writing to learn across content areas, in reflective teaching and inquiry, and in teacher leadership

Professional Objectives

To enable students to:

  • Obtain a certificate of professional preparation that confirms expertise in the teaching of writing, the use of writing to learn across content areas, reflective teaching and inquiry and teacher leadership
  • Serve their school or district as a leader in literacy teaching and learning

Admission Requirements

Applicants seeking admission to the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program must hold an approved bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have teaching experience. In addition, applicants must complete the following to be considered for admission to the program:

Graduate Teaching and Leading application form and application fee, and application form submitted to the Oregon Writing Project Collaborative.

Transfer Credit

Upon approval by the department and the Oregon Writing Project Collaborative, up to 3 hours of graduate-level credit is allowed toward the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing from approved National Writing Project Institutes at accredited graduate schools. Students must have earned a grade of B or better for a course to be considered for transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Students should consult the registrar’s office for information on eligibility of transfer credit.

Residence Requirements

Of the 15 hours required for the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program, a minimum of 12 hours must be taken in resident study at George Fox University. All work leading up to the Certificate must be completed within seven years from the time of matriculation. Extension of this limit requires approval of the Graduate Teaching and Leading (GTL) faculty and the Oregon Writing Project Collaborative. However, only one such extension may be considered due to special circumstances, such as ill health. Reinstatement to the program after withdrawal requires Admission Committee and Oregon Writing Project Collaborative action and may subject the student to additional requirements for the degree.

Course Requirements

The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program is generally two years in length with 15 semester hours of coursework required as a minimum for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

In order to complete the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, student must:

  • Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 15 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Achieve no grade lower than a B in all core courses. If a grade of B- or lower is received in a designated course, that course must be retaken (for more specific information, please refer to the student handbook).

Curriculum Plan

Certificate in the Teaching of Writing Courses

  • EDWR 505 Institute in the Teaching of Writing I, 2-6
  • EDWR 515 Institute in the Teaching of Writing II (follow-up), 1-3
  • EDWR 520 Inquiry into the Teaching of Writing, 3
  • EDWR 530 Advanced Strategies in the Teaching of Writing, 2
  • EDWR 540 Professional Leadership in the Teaching of Writing, 3
  • EDWR 550 Teacher Leadership: Writing for Publication, 3

Admission Information:

Photo of Kipp Wilfong Kipp Wilfong
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Telephone: 503-554-6027
E-mail: kwilfong@georgefox.edu