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Department of English University of Illinois Springfield

Graduate Certificate in Teaching English

Get a Certificate!

  • Specialized Knowledge and Skills for Teaching Secondary Institutions and Community Colleges or Dual-Credit Courses
  • Composition, Literature, Language for Classroom Instruction and Curricular Development
  • Certificate Available with or without Master’s Degree

Please note: This certificate does not provide teaching certification for any state board of education.

Entrance Requirements

  • Students must meet UIS requirements for admission to graduate study
  • Bachelor’s Degree in English or other area of study
    • Non-English BA must have prerequisite courses equivalent to English Minor. Submit transcript for evaluation.

For questions or concerns, please contact: Julie Atwell, English Program Support Staff –

Admissions Process

To apply, submit:

Student may choose to apply to the M.A. program during course of study. Additional materials will be required. Please see Master’s Degree (On-Campus) Admissions Process for more information.

Course Requirements

Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements with a grade of C+ or better. See UIS Catalog for course descriptions.

Coursework: 18 hours

ENG 501: Digital Humanities Research – 4 hours
ENG 550: Teaching Writing – 4 hours
ENG 551: Teaching Literature – 4 hours
ENG 552: Sociolinguistics and English Studies – 4 hours
ENG 553: Teaching Practicum – 2 hours