Teaching English

The program is not accepting applications for the Graduate Certificate in English at this time.

This certificate is designed to provide specialized knowledge and skills concerning the teaching of English Studies in secondary institutions and at the college level. The curriculum is designed to provide both theoretical and applied knowledge of three specific content areas of English Studies vital to classroom instruction and curricular development: Composition, Literature, and Language. Upon completion of the four required courses and a practicum, students will receive a certificate. Because the certificate requires classroom teaching experience, it is offered on-ground. The certificate may be taken without pursuing a master’s degree, or it may be incorporated into the M. A. in English.

Please note: this certificate does not provide teaching certification, endorsement, or licensure for any state board of education. However, the course of study may be particularly valuable for teachers who are already certified or licensed, e.g., for those who have a master’s degree and want to teach dual-credit courses at the high school level, and/or those who plan to teach English at the lower-division/community college level.

Required Courses

Candidates for the certificate will be expected to complete course requirements with a grade of C+ or better; however, the cumulative grade point average earned must be at least 3.0 for the certificate to be awarded. Descriptions for the following courses required for the certificate are available from the UIS online catalog.

ENG 501 Digital Humanities Research 4
ENG 550 Seminar: Topics in Teaching Writing 4
ENG 551 Teaching Literature 4
ENG 552 Sociolinguistics and English Studies 4
ENG 553 Teaching Practicum 2
Total Hours 18