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Writing Instruction Specialist

Postbaccalaureate Credit Certificate Program

Jennifer Hirt
School of Humanities
Penn State Harrisburg
777 Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
Phone: 717-948-6167

This Writing Instruction Specialist Certificate is a 15-credit program designed to serve the continuing educational and professional development needs of educators and other professionals in writing and writing instruction. The program is grounded in ongoing changes in theory and instructional practices in writing, and changes in the requirements for continued education and professional development of teachers. Completion of the program will prepare professionals to provide specialized assistance in composition and to serve as a resource on writing pedagogy. Students must earn a B or higher in each course that counts toward the certificate program.

Admission Requirements

An applicant must hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree or a Master of Arts degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

To be considered for admission into the certificate program, applicants must have a master's degree or a 3.0 grade-point average in the last two years of undergraduate work. This requirement may be waived in exceptional circumstances.



  • 409. Composition Theory and Practice for Teachers (3 credits)
  • 507. English Composition Studies (3 credits)
  • 553. Literacy Studies (3 credits)
  • 584. Studies in Rhetoric (3 credits)


  • 452. Teaching Writing (3 credits)

Effective Date: Spring Semester 2013
Expiration Date: Fall Semester 2017

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-05-184

Review Date: 02/19/2013


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