Writing for Educators

Volume 1: 2019.2020

Effective 1 June 2019 through 31 May 2020

Please see the Graduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

Graduate Certificate
18 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Education, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on the general requirements for a certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures under the Academic Policies section of this catalog.

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. 

The U.S. Department of Education defines Gainful Employment program criteria and data requirements. View this program's Gainful Employment Disclosures at http://www.webster.edu/consumers/gainful-employment/graduate/writing-for-educators/gedt.html to see important information about the education debt, earnings and completion rates of students who attended this program.


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 (3 hours)
    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 (3 hours)
    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 admissions materials to:

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