Writing for Educators


This catalog becomes effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for a PDF version of the current 2015-16 Catalog,
as well as for PDF versions of past catalogs.


Graduate Certificate
18 Hours

This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

The writing for educators certificate allows educators to master teaching and assessment necessary in guiding students to develop proficiency, fluency, creativity and style in writing. It promotes the graduate students' own development in various facets of effective writing, such as writing for a purpose, for an audience, and as a creative endeavor.  Courses focus on various types and styles of writing appropriate in particular contexts, so academic, creative and professional writing are explored in a variety of courses. A Webster University MA in Communication Arts with an Emphasis in Writing is also available.

This program is offered at the St. Louis home campus.


The 18 credit hours required for the graduate certificate in Writing for Educators include the following courses which must all be taken at Webster University:

  • COMM 5199 Teaching Writing
    or COMM 5280 Written Communication (3 hours)
  • COMM 5340 Language Arts Seminar (3 hours)
    (Choose two of the following writing workshop topics courses for a total of 6 credit hours):
        Creative Writing
        Nature Writing
        Creating Books for Young Readers
        Children's Writing
  • COMM 5347 Poetry Writing
    or COMM  5480 Advanced Composition(3 hours)
  • COMM 5520 Communication Seminars (3 hours):
        Professional Writing
        or Writing Across the Curriculum 
  • COMM 5750 Special Institute Final Writing Project (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying for this Webster certificate program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of transcripts from the baccalaureate granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admissions
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119