Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is comprised of 15 semester credit hours of coursework. Students begin the Certificate following completion of an invitational Institute in the Teaching of Writing, which serves as a key experience within Oregon Writing Project Collaborative for initiating teachers into the skills, knowledge, and dispositions of OWPC work.

While developing a framework for teaching writing and literacy across the curriculum, P-12 educators enrolled in the Teaching of Writing Graduate Certificate Program receive a strong grounding in writing, reflective teaching and inquiry, and teacher leadership. Participants gain an understanding of literacy learning through a combination of sharing and reflecting on their teaching practices with colleagues; study of current research in composition, literacy, and writing pedagogy; completion of an advanced inquiry or research project; and writing for publication.

Following the National Writing Project model of "teachers teaching teachers," participants share successful writing activities and develop and implement curriculum. They formulate research questions about their teaching practices and document the effectiveness of their instruction by collecting and analyzing student work. While the bulk of the program focuses on developing and strengthening student writing, teachers also research and develop coaching and presenting skills.