OWP Certificate in the Teaching of Writing

“One who learns from one who is learning drinks from a running stream.” — Siletz Nation Saying

The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is co-sponsored by the Oregon Writing Project in cooperation with Lewis & Clark’s Graduate School of Education and Counseling as well as the Center for Community Engagement. This certification program is aimed specifically at developing teacher expertise as a writing coach for students as well as faculty.

While developing a framework for teaching writing and literacy across the curriculum, K-12 educators enrolled in the Teaching of Writing Graduate Certificate Program receive a strong grounding in writing and reflective teaching. Participants gain an understanding of literacy learning through a combination of working on their own writing, reflecting on their teaching practices, and reading current research in composition, literacy, and writing pedagogy.

Following the National Writing Project model of “teachers teaching teachers,” participants share successful writing activities and develop and implement curriculum. They formulate research questions about their teaching practices and document the effects of their instruction by collecting and analyzing student work. While the bulk of the program focuses on developing and strengthening student writing, we also research and develop coaching and presenting skills.

Program Details

Credits: 14 semester hours. The certificate is only issued for students who have taken either (1) all courses for degree-applicable credit or (2) all courses for non-degree-applicable credit (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.
View program of study and course descriptions in current course catalog
Check schedule of upcoming courses
Program Director: Linda Christensen

Admission Information: Students may be admitted into the certificate program on an ongoing  basis. Go here for more information about the application process. 

The Oregon Writing Project Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is granted after the completion of the 14 semester credits outlined in the program of study (see link above). Electives which focus on K-2, 3-5, middle school and high school writing are also available as are occasional 1-credit weekend classes with more narrowed topics related to writing.

For more information about the Oregon Writing Project  at Lewis & Clark, please visit their webpage.