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Graduate Certificate

How you benefit

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Literature explores the core principles of literature. Learn to teach students how to read and analyze texts and contexts and to write literary analysis. Develop a fluency with current literary debates and theories of instruction.

What you study

Specific areas of focus include:  

  • Contemporary theory on the pedagogy of composition and literature 
  • Linguistic structures and history of the English language  
  • Reading strategies and literary analysis, with attention to close reading, style, form, genre, and rhetorical practices  
  • Approaches to composition and writing instruction, including the identification and evaluation of sources, use of evidence, generation of ideas, and development and organization of argument  
  • Fostering discussion and developing presentation skills in a seminar setting 
  • Developing archival research skills and facility with electronic resources 
  • Developments, trends, and frontiers in the digital humanities  

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast.

The Graduate Certificate in Literature is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses to hold either a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in another discipline, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 20 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Literature. 
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online MA in English or the IU Online Master of Liberal Studies, you may apply the 20 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Literature toward the master's degree.

Your IU Online Graduate Certificate in Literature prepares you for such careers as:  

  • Literature dual-credit teacher (high school) 
  • Literature instructor (community college)

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Literature, you must complete a total of 20 credit hours.   

Requirements are broken down as follows:  

  • Literature core courses (12 credit hours) 
  • Two literature elective courses (8 credit hours) 

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MA in English or the IU Online Master of Liberal Studies, these certificate courses may apply to ("stack into") your degree requirements. Admission to the Graduate Certificate in Literature does not constitute admission into any of the face-to-face graduate programs in English at the participating campuses.

To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. A bachelor's degree

    To enroll in this program, you must either possess a BA in English (or related bachelor's degree in education with an English specialization, concentration, or outside area) or two years of secondary teaching experience in literature or composition classes.

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes: 
  • Official transcripts
  • 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program
  • TOEFL scores (international students only) 
Application Dates

Fall semester: Aug 1

Spring semester: Jan 1

Summer 1 semester: May 1

Summer 2 semester: Jun 15

ENG-D 600 –OR– ENG-G 655History of the English Language4 Credits
ENG-L 553Studies in Literature4 Credits
ENG-L 503Teaching Literature in College4 Credits
ENG-L 500 / ENG-L 600Any two ENG-L courses at the 500/600 level8 Credits

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Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $350.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1050.00

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $490.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1470.00
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