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Literacy Leadership Institute fellows who wish to pursue the certificate program should declare their intentions to Certificate Program Coordinator by the conclusion of the teacher inquiry course (English 591Q) including documentation of any requirements already fulfilled. Certificate candidates are responsible for monitoring their progress and notifying the coordinator when all requirements are completed, supplying transcripts as needed. Certificates will be awarded by the Graduate School and acknowledged at the annual Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing Conference.


The Literacy Leadership Institute and Inquiry courses are offered annually. Writing and the Teaching of Writing is offered every other year. Elective courses are offered regularly through the sponsorship of school districts and/or Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, or by open enrollment through Continuing and Professional Education.


Download a PDF description of the certificate program with a tentative schedule of courses. If you have completed the requirements for the certificate, download and complete the Certificate Award Application Form.


Please contact Graduate Certificate Coordinator Bruce Penniman at  if you have questions about the certificate program or would like to join the new cohort of certificate candidates. Please state the courses you have completed (if any) and the years you enrolled in them.