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Department of English

Graduate Certificates

The English Department offers several Certificate Programs that allow students to earn a credential in a focused area of study. Certificate programs may be of interest to students already in an English program and to non-traditional students from a wide array of backgrounds and programs.

Certificate Programs require 15 hours of credit chosen from a list of courses approved for a respective certificate. In most instances, all of the credit earned for a certificate can be applied toward either the Masters of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Arts degree.

Certificate Programs are administratively separate from other degree programs, however, and are administrated by Directors of the respective programs. In all cases, students are required to submit a separate application for admission to a Certificate Program. If the student has already been admitted to a program in English, however, neither additional transcripts nor an application fee is required.


Advanced Writing

Creative Nonfiction Website

The Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing is designed for students interested in becoming more expressive and powerful writers of nonfiction prose. Students interested in securing publication of their writing are mentored in the publication process by the faculty.

The Advanced Writing Certificate program welcomes a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds and is intended for the following students: (1) writers interested in developing and publishing their creative nonfiction; (2) graduate students in English and related fields; (3) educators seeking writing-specific training and credentials; (4) professionals who work in community service organizations; (5) working professionals employed as experts in written communication; (6) governmental employees.

The Core Courses for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing are principally creative nonfiction courses. The writer of creative nonfiction chooses subject matter from the “real” world as opposed to inventing it. The most important, common elements of creative nonfiction are personal presence, self-discovery, veracity, and flexibility of form. Creative nonfiction includes autobiography, memoir, literary journalism, travel writing, nature writing, spiritual writing, and cultural commentary, as well as hybrid forms of these.

The Approved Non-Core Courses enable students to apply up to six hours of approved course work from relevant, writing intensive disciplines. Public Administration’s “Grant Writing,” Education’s “Writing Throughout the Curriculum” and "Oxbow Writing Project," and the English Department’s “Technical Communication” courses, as well as internships with the University of Nebraska Press, NebraskaLand, and other clients, give students a chance to gain writing credentials applicable to a wide-range of professional opportunities.

Students must earn a grade of "B" (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better in each course applied toward the 15 credits required for the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing.

Admission, Application, and Course Work Requirements
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Portfolio Information and Important Portfolio Links
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Upon acceptance into the Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing, students are assigned a faculty advisor to mentor them in their progress toward completion of the certificate program. Faculty work closely with students in selecting courses, planning an effective sequence of courses, and compiling the writing portfolio required for graduation. The faculty believe in establishing a warm and effective mentoring relationship with students. Good mentoring is a key element in enabling students to find the writing path that is right for them.

John Price  
Office: ASH 204 B
Phone: (402) 554-3325

Lisa Knopp  
Office: ASH 204 A
Phone: (402) 554-2635

Technical Communication

The Graduate Certificate in Technical Communication provides students with a foundational background in the theory and practice of the field of Technical Communication. This growing area of expertise not only addresses the need for professional technical communicators but also the need for communicative competence among subject matter experts who collaborate daily with technical writers.

The purpose of the certificate program is to cater to the growing demand for highly skilled, professionally competent technical communicators in education, industry, and government. This growing demand provides industry professionals with specialized training in technology, writing, editing, and information design, preparing them for the employment opportunities available in today’s highly competitive job market.

Application Procedures
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Tracy Bridgeford
Office: ASH 192 D
Phone: 402.554.3312

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The UNO English Department offers students the opportunity to engage in specialized study in TESOL. Our two certificate programs are geared toward meeting the diverse needs of students interested in diversity, language education, intercultural communication, and applied linguistics.

The TESOL certificates are meant for many different kinds of students: For example, many of our students are teachers who are already certified in other areas, like math, science, language arts, and foreign languages. Further, the certificates are ideal for people who plan to teach in venues other than public schools and for anyone who works in some capacity with nonnative speakers of English.

Our philosophy is that students must gain an intimate understanding of two concepts in their broadest sense. The first concept is language: a deep knowledge of language from a linguistic perspective is requisite for effective language teaching. The second concept is the complex interrelationship that holds among nonnative speakers, language and society, and second language acquisition.

It is important to note that completing the requirements for a TESOL certificate does NOT certify a graduate to teach in Nebraska public schools. Instead, our programs provide students with an academic credential founded upon solid academic experience.

Specific Requirements

TESOL Graduate Certificate

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Dr. Owen Mordaunt

Office: ASH 189
Phone: 402.554.3324