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Graduate Certificate

As a student in the IU Online Graduate Certificate in Literature, you explore the core principles of literature. You learn to teach students how to read and analyze texts and contexts and to write literary analysis. You also develop a fluency with current literary debates and theories of instruction.  

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 

Of Special Interest for Dual-Credit and Community College Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Standards 

The stand-alone Certificate in Literature provides the requisite number of discipline-specific graduate credits for those who already hold a master's degree. Students who need both the discipline-specific coursework and a master's degree may take the additional English graduate classes required to earn a master's in English.   

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

  • Literature dual-credit teacher (high school) 
  • Literature instructor (community college)  
This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. 

Certificate Requirements 

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. 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, 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.


  • ENG-D 600 –OR– ENG-G 655 History of the English Language4 Credits
  • ENG-L 503 Teaching Literature in College 4 Credits

    Classroom teaching of literature in the light of current approaches.

  • ENG-L 553 Studies in Literature 4 Credits
  • ENG-L 500/600Any two ENG-L courses at the 500/600 level8 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Cost for Indiana Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $320.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $960.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $450.00
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1350.00

Additional fees will apply.

-This program is ineligible for financial aid. 

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