Academic Catalog 2020-2021

English Graduate Certificate

The online Graduate Certificate in English is designed to meet the needs of professional adults by giving them an opportunity to acquire an 18-hour certificate, a credential that provides candidates with qualifications needed to teach in a wide range of higher education settings.

Students completing the graduate certificate in English do not need to choose a concentration, which is required of the MA in English program. In addition, students only enrolled in the graduate certificate will not complete the graduate capstone series. Upon approval by the English department faculty, certificate students may choose to complete the additional coursework needed to meet the requirements of the MA English program.

Students who have successfully completed six hours of coursework in the graduate certificate program may apply to enter the MA in English program. Interested students should submit an internal application to the English department chair, including identifying a concentration and an updated statement of purpose.

Certificate Program Goals

To accomplish the mission of the Department of English Language and Literature, students in the Graduate Certificate of English will be able to:

  • read, write, and think critically on a professional level;
  • demonstrate growth in content knowledge in English studies;
  • demonstrate English-specific research methods; and
  • develop depth of pedagogy in teaching English at the higher education level.

Admission Requirements

  1. Student should possess a bachelor’s degree in English or similar field. If student does not possess a bachelor’s degree in English or similar field (e.g., Communications, Literary Studies), then 12-15 hours of upper-level English courses is recommended, approved by the program coordinators upon evaluating transcripts;
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all work completed beyond high school; and 
  3. A clear and well-written 250-word statement of purpose, explaining the student’s objectives and purpose for pursuing a Graduate Certificate in English.

No standardized test score is required.

Course Requirements (18 hours)

ENGL 683Teaching of Writing


ENGL 671Literary Theory


ENGL electives


Total Credit Hours: 18