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Composition Studies

Graduate Certificate

Composition studies is the theory and practice of writing instruction, especially as it is practiced in composition courses at the high-school and university levels.

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies offers graduate-level education in composition studies for those who teach English at the high-school or post-secondary level, or for those who want to teach writing at the community-college or university level but do not hold an MA in English. Course topics cover stylistics, issues in teaching writing, teaching college writing, advanced argumentative writing, and rhetoric and composition.

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

  • Composition teacher 
  • English teacher 
  • Language arts teacher 
  • Reading teacher 
  • English tutor 

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies, you must complete 20 credit hours of composition studies core courses.


  • ENG-G 660 -or- ENG-L 646Stylistics -or- Readings in Media/Literature/Culture4 Credits
  • ENG-W 500 -or- ENG-W 509 Teaching Composition: Issues & Approaches -or- Writing and Literacy Studies4 Credits
  • ENG-W 501 -or- ENG-W 600Teaching of Composition in College -or- Topics of Rhetoric and Composition4 Credits
  • ENG-W 590 -or- ENG-W 620Teaching Writing: Theories and Application -or- Advanced Argumentative Writing4 Credits
  • ENG-W 682 Sp. Topics: Rhetoric & Composition4 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $285.29
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $855.87
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $421.43
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1264.29

Additional fees will apply.

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  • Flexibility

    Online learning gives you the flexibility and freedom to attend your classes whenever and wherever is most convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue to work and by avoiding relocation or travel costs. You will be required to complete assignments in a certain timeframe, but in most instances, you can log in and complete coursework during the time of day that works best for you. Classes aren't tied to a certain time or day.

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    Online learners at Indiana University have access to the same student services available to on-campus students. We're committed to providing you with the quality educational experience students have come to expect and desire from Indiana University, without needing to make sacrifices to the other commitments in your life.