Teaching Language Arts in the Digital Age

The Teaching Language Arts in the Digital Age Certificate is intended for language arts teachers at all levels, especially middle and high school English teachers, and any teachers or prospective teachers who want to explore language arts in digital realms. 

The certificate offers fully online content delivery. It has an intense focus on digital literacy, digital content and device interaction (three screens and a cloud). In addition, the certificate offers:

  • Easy access for initial enrollment as non-degree seeking student but with the option to use some courses to satisfy elective requirements for the traditional M.A. or M.S. in English if desired.
  • No sequential course prerequisites (students need not take the courses in a particular sequence).
  • Emphases include writing, reading, and assessment, and with additional emphasis on diversity, controversial material in digital content, and electronic devices and interfaces in students’ lives and in classrooms.


The certificate consists of 18 semester hours, which satisfies most accrediting requirements for dual enrollment or undergraduate teaching in a discipline as long as the teacher also holds at least a Master’s degree in any recognized discipline. Students enrolling in the certificate program will complete the following courses:

  • ENGL 601 - Diversity in English Language Arts (3)
  • ENGL 652 - Advanced Teaching Writing in a Digital Age (3)
  • ENGL 659 - Digital Electronics in English Language Arts (3)
  • ENGL 622 - Assessment in Digital and Online Language Arts (3)
  • ENGL 627 - Content Challenges in Digital and Online Language Arts (3)
  • ENGL 625 - Advanced Young Adult Literature in a Digital Age (3)

Admissions Criteria

Applicants wishing to pursue the Certificate should apply as non-degree seeking students, submitting graduate application including Teaching Language Arts in the Digital Age Certificate in the comment field, the application fee, and official transcripts. Those wishing to include the certificate with a degree program should apply to the English Department Graduate program, and consult with the English Department Graduate Program Coordinator regarding completion of the Certificate.

Contact Us

For information about graduate studies in English, including the Certificate in Language Arts in a Digtal Age, contact:

Sean Keck, Ph.D.
Department of English, Box 6935
Radford University
Radford, VA 24142