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Teaching of Writing, Graduate Credential

Offered in: CHICAGO

The Graduate Credential in the Teaching of Writing is designed for those who are currently teaching in secondary schools or community colleges or who plan to teach at one of these levels, whether in literature, composition, creative writing or the humanities more generally. With this graduate credential in the teaching of writing, students will develop expertise in current issues in the teaching of writing, become strong and effective teachers in any writing-intensive course, and earn a professional complement to other training. Students will work closely with faculty in English who are experts in the theory and the practice of effective writing pedagogy.


The graduate credential program is open to those with a baccalaureate degrees as well as degree-seeking graduate students in English and related disciplines. All students (including those enrolled in the English MA and MFA programs) must apply specifically to the credential program. Applicants will be accepted into the program on review of the following:

  • Transcript(s) from previous institutions (BA needed in English or related field).
  • Statement of purpose (includes a description of any background or experience in teaching writing, an explanation of future goals, and a detailed description of what the student expects to gain from this credential program).


The Graduate Credential in the Teaching of Writing consists of a four-course set that trains students in both the theory and the practice of composition pedagogy.

  ENG 402 Topics in Literary and Critical Theory .....3
  ENG 463 Topics in Language, Rhetoric, and Writing .....3
  ENG 467 Composition Theory .....3
  ENG 485 Internship in the Teaching of Writing .....3