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This is an integrated program of 9 credits focused on teaching writing and developing a culture of writing. The 7-day summer intensive residency will include reading assignments, writing workshops, demonstrations, theory, readings from major authors and roundtable discussions on expository writing, creative writing and literature. Students will then complete the remaining course work online with ongoing interaction with program faculty.


This program can be completed in one summer.  It combines a 7-day intensive residency with program completion through distance education. 


Benefit by engaging with faculty, published authors, and fellow students to enhance your personal skills as a writer and your knowledge of how to teach writing.


The tuition and fees for this certificate program are based on nine credits and all fees.

Who Should Enroll

High school teachers who would like to improve their ability to teach creative or expository writing, who seek credits to support their teaching of dual enrollment Writing 101, for professional development, or who wish to receive 9 credits toward a graduate degree

Eligibility Requirements

All students must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in English. Any high school teacher wishing to qualify to teach the Writing 101 dual enrollment course must have a master’s degree.

To Apply

Students must submit:

  • A program application
  • Transcripts
  • A writing sample

Writing Sample Question:  Discuss one of the most effective teaching experiences you have had in the past six months. Please include details about the rationale for this assignment, readings the students may been exploring, or writing assignments associated with the readings.

Send to:

Tami Haaland, Chair
Department of English, Philosophy, and Modern Languages
Montana State University Billings
1500 University Drive
LA 414
Billings, MT 59101


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Earning the Certificate

In addition to participating in the 7-day residency, students will write in a variety of genres, respond to readings, and develop a plan and a rationale for teaching Writing 101. This program will emphasize the writing process and revision techniques.

Certificates are awarded for work that receives a B or above.

Program Cost

The total cost for graduate credits and fees is $2,350. March 1st is the Priority Application Review Deadline. The final deadline to apply is April 1, 2017.

Financial Aid

Program costs could be waived for teachers who hold a Master’s degree, complete this program, and teach dual enrollment classes for MSUB. For all others, Federal and State financial aid (including waivers) is not available, however, you may qualify for a private loan. To learn more go here.  MSUB payment plans may be arranged and teachers who have Credit IV credit coupons may use them.

Housing Options

Students who come from out of town may wish to stay in a room on campus for an additional price.  Single occupancy rooms are $245 for the 7 day residency program and $210 for double.

Program Schedule

2017 Residency Program

June 11: Check-in and welcome event
June 12-17: Required Intensive Program 9am to 5pm, with additional evening work. The schedule will feature lectures, demonstrations, andworkshops  from program faculty on topics such as:

  • Audience Awareness
  • Contextualizing Audience in Relation to Genre
  • What Neuroscience Has Taught Us About Writing
  • How to Create a Successful Literary Magazine
  • How Blogging Becomes a Teaching Tool
  • Pedagogy, Grading, and Assessment Roundtables
  • Readings from Local and Regional Writers of All Ages
  • Writing Workshops

June 18th – Check out

Completing the Program: An additional 6-7 weeks working independently. Students will submit written work online for review at two-week intervals.

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Contact Information

Tami Haaland