Graduate Certificate in Teaching of Writing

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The Certificate in the Teaching of Writing combines training in writing curriculum components and design, the teaching of grammar, and writing assessment with a supervised classroom teaching experience. Credits earned in the certificate program may also be counted toward your graduate degree requirements, upon the approval of your advisor. You will learn to assess your own and others’ writing based on analytic scoring criteria and employ composition-curriculum components that reinforce one another and your students’ learning experience.

This program is designed for individuals who already have or are working on master’s degrees and intend to pursue college teaching careers. Documentation of the graduate degree or program in progress and relevant prior experience is required for admission.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Teaching of Writing and Post-Master’s Certificate in the Teaching of Writing, Certificate

Justin Young, Program Director
509.359.7062

EWU graduate students in good standing who intend to pursue college teaching careers may complete the Certificate in the Teaching of Writing program while working toward their graduate degrees. The Certificate program provides an education in composition theories and pedagogies, including areas of curriculum development, assessment practices, research design, grammar instruction and teaching and/or tutoring. Credits earned as part of the certificate program may also be counted toward students’ graduate requirements upon approval from their advisor.

Individuals who already have master’s degrees and who have significant experience in education, literature, communications, business or technology may also pursue this program.

Any course substitutions must be approved by the current English Composition director before being submitted to the Graduate Programs Office.

Required Certificate Courses
ENGL 511COMPOSITION PEDAGOGIES: THEORIES AND PRACTICES5
ENGL 520SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS AND DESIGN5
ENGL 568TECHNICAL COMMUNICATION: PRACTICE, THEORY AND PEDAGOGY5
ENGL 573HISTORY OF RHETORIC (or an approved substitution)5
or ENGL 575 CONTEMPORARY RHETORICAL THEORIES
ENGL 560APPLIED LINGUISTICS5
or ENGL 564 PEDAGOGICAL GRAMMAR AND COMPOSITION
ENGL 695AINTERNSHIP: TEACHING COMPOSITION3-5
or ENGL 695E INTERNSHIP: WRITER'S CENTER
Total Credits28-30

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Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will be able to:

  • design curricular materials for composition classes or writing centers; 
  • develop assessment strategies for evaluating and responding to writing and writers;
  • develop strategies for teaching grammar and syntax;
  • learn the methods of research design;
  • practice teaching composition in a classroom or responding to writers in a writing center.