Credit Options for Undergraduates, Graduate Students, and Teachers

Non-Matriculated Credit Options for Writing the Rockies

Undergraduate and graduate students who are not enrolled in Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing may apply to earn credit for attendance at Writing the Rockies through Western's Division of Extended Studies. Public school teachers can earn Professional Development credits in a number of ways.

Undergraduate credit. Undergraduates can earn degree-seeking credit of 1 to 3 credits in "English 397: Special Topics / Writing the Rockies." Additional fees apply beyond the Writing the Rockies General Registration fee. Western assigns these credits as upper division electives and will record them on transcripts, but students enrolled in other institutions are responsible for determining whether their home institutions accept these credits.

Graduate Credit. Students with an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution can earn from 1 to 3 non-degree graduate-level credits in English 510, which is run through Western's Summer Teacher Institute, which is administered by Western's Extended Studies Office. Additional fees apply beyond the Writing the Rockies General Registration. Western will record the courses on transcripts, but students are responsible for determining whether their home institutions accept these credits. Cost: $125/credit. You can see the syllabus for ENG 510 here.

Public School Teachers. Certified public school teachers can earn professional development credits and make progress towards recertification in a number of ways at writing the Rockies.

ENG 510 Credit for Recertification and Professional Development. A teacher may take ENG 510 for either 1, 2 or 3 credits and then submit transcripted graduate credit to the Colorado Department of Education with the application for recertification. Cost: $125/credit. You can see the syllabus for ENG 510 here.

Certificate of Completion for Professional Development Credit within a District. Subject to district approval, a teacher seeking professional development credit within a school district may submit evidence of having attended Professional Development hours at Writing the Rockies. Western provides a Writing the Rockies Certificate of Completion that verifies the number of hours a teacher has spent in sessions. Teachers seeking Professional Development Credit must verify on their own that their district will accept Writing the Rockies for such credit. Western will then issue the Certificate after the conclusion of the conference. There is no additional work required to earn the Certificate, and there are no additional fees beyond standard fees for participation in Writing the Rockies.

For more information on all of these options contact Western's Extended Studies Program at 1-800-876-5309 , ext. 7, or ExtendedStudies@western.edu. The instructor of record for all credit-bearing courses at Writing the Rockies and all Certificates of Completion for Professional Development is Conference Coordinator Mark Todd, who can be reached at 970-943-2016 or mtodd@western.edu.

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