Degree Programs:

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of English and Language Studies

Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature - Online Collaborative

The IU Online Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature provides training in the core principles of writing and literature. As a student in this program, you learn to teach students how to craft sound arguments using close attention to logic, context, and audience. You also develop a fluency with the current debates, schools, and theories of writing 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 the 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 to Dual-Credit and Community College Instructors Needing to Meet HLC Standards

The Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature is ideal for those who want to teach dual-credit courses and who need to meet Higher Learning Commission dual-credit qualification standards. These standards require teachers wanting to teach dual-credit courses to hold either a master's degree in their area of instruction or a master's degree in another discipline (such as education), plus at least 18 credit hours of discipline-specific graduate coursework.

  • If you hold a master's degree in another discipline, you can meet HLC standards by completing the 20 credit hour Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature.
  • If you plan to pursue the IU Online MA in English or the IU Online Master of Liberal Studies, you may apply the 20 credit hours from the Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature toward the master's degree.

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

  • Composition and/or literature dual-credit teacher (high school)
  • Composition and/or 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. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.

Certificate Requirements

To earn the Graduate Certificate in Language and Literature, you must complete a total of 20 credit hours.

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Language and literature core courses (16 credit hours)
  • Language and literature elective course (4 credit hours)

NOTE: If you choose to pursue the IU Online MA in English or the IU Online Master of Liberal Studies, these certificate courses may apply to ("stack into") your degree requirements. Admission to the Certificate in Language and Literature does not constitute admission into any of the face-to-face graduate programs in English at the participating campuses.

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To be accepted to this program, you must have:
1.  A bachelor's degree
To enroll in this program, you must possess either 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.

2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale

To apply to this program, complete an online application that includes:
  1. Official transcripts
  2. 250-word personal statement explaining background and reasons for entering the program
  3. TOEFL scores (international students only)


  • ENG-D 600 or ENG-G 655 History of the English Language (4 cr.)
  • ENG-L 503 Teaching Literature in College (4 cr.)
  • ENG-W 509 Writing and Literacy Studies or ENG-W 500 Teaching Composition: Issues & Approaches (4 cr.)
Writing pedagogy for college instructors (4 cr.)  Choose one:
  • ENG-W 508 Creative Writing for Teachers
  • ENG-W 554 Practicum Teaching of Creative Writing
  • ENG-W 600 Topics in Rhetoric & Composition
  • ENG-W 682 Special Topics: Rhetoric & Composition 


  • ENG-L 500/600 Any ENG-L advisor-approved course (4 cr.)

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