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Teaching Writing + Critical Literacy

Designed for preK - college educators to engage current research about composition, reading, and learning theory.

Currently enrolled students: If you are enrolled in another program at the U, you need to apply to earn this certificate.

Application priority deadlines:

  • December 15 - Spring start
  • April 30 - Summer start
  • July 31- Fall start
Student and teacher working on writing together

Get an edge
Interdisciplinary, cutting-edge curriculum

This program includes a three-week, three-credit Minnesota Writing Project (MWP) Invitational Institute, which is determined by a selection process. For additional information, contact MWP at (612) 625-6323 or

Our courses are designed and taught by leading researchers from seven departments: Curriculum + Instruction, English, Writing Studies, Institute of Linguistics, English as a Second Language, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Center for Writing. You'll gain strategies for:

  • teaching the writing process to English-language learners and diverse populations
  • incorporating reading and writing across the curriculum

Reviewing your own reading, and writing in learning communities, you'll learn from other practicing educators and deepen your reflective practice about your work as an literacy educator.

Benefit from a graduate degree
License + M.Ed.

You can pursue the certificate alone or pursue the certificate and M.Ed. in English, M.Ed. in Literacy, M.A. or Ph.D. in Literacyat the same time.

If interested, apply to both programs.

Tuition + Aid

Tuition varies depending on your degree program, student status, and residency.

If you are seeking only the certificate, you pay the CE+HD departmental master's tuition rate ($660.17/credit for residents; $1,021.17/credit for nonresidents). More cost information is on the CE+HD site.

Prepare to apply
All applicants

Required: Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or foreign equivalent with at least a 2.8 GPA.

To apply you will need:

  • Unofficial transcripts. Upload your transcripts into the application system; please do not mail your transcripts. Official transcripts are required only after you are admitted. Tips for uploading your transcript(s).
  • Resume. Upload in the Program Supplementary Information - Graduate Program Additional Application section.
  • Statement of purpose. Explain the relationship of courses and research to your professional goals. (Recommended length: two pages).
  • Two letters of recommendation.

Prepare to apply
International applicants

This program does not support VISA requirements; if you need a VISA, please view our Master of Education degree option instead.

International applicants may also need:

  • An English translation of your transcripts, if the transcript is not in English. A course by course evaluation may be required.
  • TOEFL scores. Official TOEFL scores are required. You may qualify for an exception if you have completed 16 semester or 24 quarter credits within the past 24 months in residence as a full-time student at an accredited institution of higher learning in the United States.

    UMN TOEFL score requirements and submission guidelines

    TOEFL registration and score submission

Download and refer to this tip sheet as you work through the application. The included directions will help you complete your application quickly and smoothly.


Academic adviser
Michelle McElroy