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Graduate English Certificate

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Certificate Overview

The English Graduate Certificate program prepares students for success and advancement in careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship and to develop their knowledge and skills in the discipline of English studies to professional levels in the following areas:

  • Aspects of literary history and cultural studies
  • Literary criticism and theories of reading and interpretation
  • Theories of writing and rhetoric
  • Practical writing skills in a range of professional and creative genres
  • Research techniques for and understanding of the discipline of English studies
  • Pedagogical theories and techniques for various aspects and levels of English studies

Top 4 reasons to complete an English graduate certificate with CSU Pueblo:

  1. To develop as a professional. You will gain a powerful array of knowledge and skills to keep you on the path of being a lifelong learner - just like we want our students to be.
  2. To make more money. Most students will go up on their district's salary schedule.
  3. To teach dual credit courses at your high school. Students who earn 18 credit hours in a specific discipline are eligible to teach dual-credit courses at their high school.
  4. To advance your content and pedagogical knowledge to enhance your high school classrooms. Certificate courses are designed with teachers in mind, meaning you will learn both theory and practice.

Course Offerings

Race # Course Title Credits Term Offered
ENG 501 Theories of Writing 3 Fall A
ENG 502 Research Methods 3 Spring A
ENG 503 Literary Theory 3 Summer A
ENG 5xx Electives 9 Fall B; Spring B; Summer B

Certificate Admissions

The English Graduate Certificate Online certificate was created for working professionals looking to advance their careers in teaching, writing, and scholarship. The online program is flexible and offers year-round, open enrollment. The path to enhancing your career has never been easier! CSU Pueblo Online is a moderately selective institution, and we are committed to providing access to graduate students who are academically prepared. Students are admitted into the program based on the following criteria:
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Application Statement: Applicants should give a detailed account of their background and qualifications and purpose in seeking the English Graduate Certificate, both practical and intellectual. In this application statement, we ask that candidates focus on their intellectual life, professional history, and scholarly background in order to demonstrate their potential for success in a rigorous graduate program.

How to Apply

Applicants must complete the online application. The application requires official transcripts from all colleges which the student has attended. Once the application and transcripts have been received, students will receive an admission decision.

Send official transcripts:

Electronically at 
By mail at Colorado State University-Pueblo
Office of Admissions
2200 Bonforte Boulevard
Pueblo, CO, 81001

    Institutional Requirements for Certificates

    A certificate program is a focused program of study requiring a minimum of 9 credits. Completed certificate programs will appear on official transcripts and students will receive a printed certificate. Each certificate program at the University has specific completion requirements, which must be met prior to the certificate being awarded. In addition, students must fulfill the following requirements for completion.

    1. Students must be admitted to the University to be awarded a certificate.
    2. Students must have a CSU Pueblo cumulative certificate program GPA of 2.00 or better at the time the certificate is awarded, unless stated otherwise within the specific certificate program.
    3. Students must complete the certificate program's minimum number of hours of approved coursework.
    4. A minimum of 50% of the credits in a certificate program must be earned in residence at CSU Pueblo, unless otherwise specified by the program. Students must submit a Certificate Contract signed by the student's advisor during the semester term in which completion is to occur. The deadline for submission is published in the University Catalog, Semester Notes, and Academic Calendar.
    5. If students are completing a graduate certificate program, they must provide proof of an undergraduate degree.
    6. Successful completion of the course(s) within an undergraduate or graduate certificate program or the award of a certificate does not guarantee admission to an associated degree program.
    7. Credits earned within a certificate program can be used toward a degree unless otherwise stated within the degree program.
    8. If a student is pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree, a certificate may be conferred independently of their degree program.
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