The Graduate Certificate Program in Teaching Writing is designed to familiarize students with the guiding research, theory, and practice of Writing Studies, a discipline devoted to developing successful pedagogical practices for teaching writing across age, background, and ability.  As many new teachers discover when they enter the classroom, English teachers are often under-exposed to theories and practices of writing instruction as part of their graduate or teacher preparatory programs.  This certificate program aims to address this gap in teacher preparation at a time when national and state mandates for effective writing instruction are at an all-time high.  The curriculum for the program bridges the secondary and college divide, responding to calls for better communication between secondary and college faculty, and greater support for students moving from high school to college.


The program holds the following objectives:

· Students will learn techniques for teaching planning, drafting, revision, and editing

· Students will learn how to conduct one-on-one conferences and implement peer review models in the classroom

· Students will understand and apply various methodologies for teacher research on writing

· Students will explore the challenges of marginalized writers and learn how to facilitate their writing development

· Students will study methods of evaluation and assessment of writing

· Students will gain a foundational understanding of rhetorical theories and their impact on writing techniques and pedagogies

· Students will have the opportunity to design research projects and teaching materials that are in alignment with the Common Core Standards in Writing, as adopted by the state of New Jersey. 

Teachers and prospective teachers of middle school, high school, and college are especially invited to apply for this program. For interested school districts, documentation towards professional development hours for program participants is available.



Certificate students should be active participants in our graduate courses, capable of sophisticated reading and thinking.



Application; Non-Refundable $60 Application Fee; Official Transcripts; Essay; One Letter of Recommendation. Please note that additional application materials may be required for students who have completed academic work outside of the U.S. This program has rolling admission.



The full curriculum can be found below. To view course descriptions, please visit our website at


            Teaching Writing Certificate:

                        Required Courses:

                        Complete for 6 semester hours:

                                    Teaching Writing and the Basic Writer (ENWR-586)

                                    Research in Writing Studies (ENWR-588) or equivalent, as determined by advisement


                        Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours from the following list:

                                    Teaching Writing Through Literature (ENWR-583)           

                                    Graduate Writing Seminar (ENWR-590)

                                    Rhetorical Theories and the Teaching of Writing            (ENWR-598)

                                    Seminar in Writing Studies (ENWR-600)




Application/Admissions Information:                  Program Information:

   The Graduate School                                                       English Department

   College Hall Room 203                                       Dickson Hall Room 468

   1 Normal Ave.                                                                     1 Normal Ave.

   Montclair, NJ 07043                                                        Montclair, NJ 07043

   Voice: (973) 655-5147                                                           Voice: (973) 655-4274

   Fax: (973) 655-7869                                                   Fax: (973) 655-7031

   E-Mail:               Dr. Jessica Restaino, Graduate Program Coordinator

   Website:                       E-Mail:


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