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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: $293.85
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $881.55
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $434.07
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1302.21

Additional fees will apply.

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