Certificate in Teaching Writing

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 600-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 600-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Admission to the Certificate

Contact the English Department graduate coordinator for information about the certificate program.

  1. Postbaccalaureate standing;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in undergraduate upper-division coursework;
  3. Completion of ENG 306 or equivalent with a grade of "B" (3.0) or better.

Recommendation for the Certificate

  1. Completion of the certificate coursework with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;
  2. Completion of the certificate within a seven-year period. Students who have taken any required course that expires because it exceeds the seven-year limitation will be required to retake the course or its equivalent, as designated by the English Department graduate coordinator. Petitions to waive this requirement will not be approved.

Certificate Requirements (30 units)

ENG 240Writing in the Public Sphere4
ENG 329Issues in Literacy and Writing Studies4
ENG 612Contemporary Composition and Discourse Theory4
ENG 660Issues in Teaching College Composition4
ENG 662Internship in Composition2
Twelve units chosen from:12
TESL Methods and Materials for Reading and Writing
Writing Center Studies
Sites of Praxis
Computers and Writing: Literacy and Technology
Total Units30