OWP Certificate in Writing

This program is a collaboration between Lewis & Clark and metropolitan or rural area schools and districts. It is designed to improve the writing of Oregon’s K-12 students and teachers.

Earning a Certificate

Students currently enrolled in a Lewis & Clark master’s degree program who wish to enroll in a certificate program may be eligible for an abbreviated application process. Please contact your program department’s office or the admissions office for more information. Applicants who wish to take the certificate program for degree applicable graduate credit are required to have the application reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Committee.

Admissions Requirements

  • Students may apply for the certificate after completion of the 14 semester credits outlined in the program of study.
  • The certificate is only issued for students who have taken either (1) all courses for degree-applicable credit (500, 600, or 700 level) or (2) all courses for non-degree-applicable credit (800 level. In other words, the certificate cannot be issued if some courses were taken for degree-applicable credit and some were taken for non-degree-applicable credit; they must all be taken for the same kind of credit.

    Enrollment in Workshop in the Teaching of Writing or 4-week Invitational Summer Institute (ED 592/692 or CEED 892) requires a separate application process. There is no fee for the institute application. OWP applicants for the summer institute may be asked to provide a letter from a school administrator that discusses the applicant’s classroom practice. 

Application Requirements

The application form and all supporting materials must be received by the Lewis & Clark Graduate Admissions office in a timely manner. The following are required for admission:

  1. Application Form and Fee
    Complete the online application form. A $50 application fee is required and can be paid by credit card or electronic check. Fee waivers are available for alumni and employees of Lewis & Clark. 

    NOTE: Applicants to the OWP need to also complete an application for the 4-week summer course.
  2. Personal Essay
    Describe your goals for pursuing a certificate. Your essay should be no more than two pages or 500 words in length. It is submitted electronically as part of the online application.
  3. Resume
    Submit a current professional resume listing positions that you have held for three months or longer including your current position. Also include any volunteer work or other professionally related experiences.
  4. Official Transcript(s)
    Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States (the college or university must be regionally accredited at the time of enrollment and when the degree was conferred) or the foreign equivalent. Applicants must provide official degree posted transcripts of their undergraduate program and graduate program. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a master’s degree program must provide an official transcript showing progress in the master’s degree program.

    Graduates of a non-U.S. university system are required to provide officially evaluated and translated copies of all their college transcripts. Official evaluations and translations are done by outside agencies. Information regarding three such agencies can be found by going to International Applicants.

    How to submit your transcripts
    Lewis & Clark will accept paper or e-transcripts ordered directly from each post-secondary institution attended. Transcripts cannot be uploaded via the online application. Transcripts must be mailed or emailed directly from the institution to the Graduate Admissions office. The mailing and email information can be found on the right side of this web page.
  5. Grade Point Average (GPA)
    All applicants must hold a minimum 2.75 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their undergraduate degree. Applicants to the Eating Disorders certificate program must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants who have completed graduate studies must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA.