Frequently Asked Questions

All NC State graduate students as well as all postdoctoral scholars are eligible to participate in the program.

The Writing Certificate can be earned by participating in 100 hours of approved workshops, development series, or other training activities, plus completing a capstone writing portfolio.

There are several steps to earning the Writing Certificate. (1) First, you should register for the certificate during an open enrollment period (every August 15-September 1 and January 15-February 1). Once you are enrolled, you will be added to the Writing Certificate project Moodle space. (2) Next, earn credit by participating in our Graduate School writing programs, publishing and presenting research, applying for grants, etc. (3) As you participate, keep track in your personal files of all the workshops you have taken and certificate-bearing activities you have participated in. (4) At the end of every semester, use the reporting form (which will be emailed to you) to indicate certificate activities completed. (5) Satisfy 100 hours of approved credit. (6) Complete and submit the Writing Portfolio according to the guidelines. (7) Congratulations! Once all of these activities have been completed, you will have earned the Writing Certificate!

You may enroll in the Writing Certificate program during either of the two enrollment periods (every Fall and Spring).  Check our certificate website for updates or subscribe to our Professional Development Newsletter to receive announcements and reminders about Writing Certificate registration.

Our upcoming workshops and development series are listed here. You can also search REPORTER for available workshops and development series. If you are interested in taking a workshop that appears in the REPORTER catalog but not on the schedule, add it to your “watchlist” so that we can monitor demand.

There are several reasons to participate in the Writing Certificate program. Job markets across industries and sectors in the U.S. are increasingly unstable and competitive, and prospective employers in all fields seek job applicants with writing expertise. Additionally, although specialized forms of writing are essential to all disciplines and professions, disciplinary writing practices are not always taught explicitly or purposefully. Participating in the certificate program thus offers an opportunity for you to be intentional about developing your writing expertise, and to experience with awareness the process of learning to write as a specialist in your field.

Contact Laura Demarse, Assistant Dean for Professional Development.