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Teaching of Writing, Graduate Concentration

The graduate concentration 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 concentration, 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 concentration program is open to degree-seeking graduate students in English and related disciplines. All students (including those enrolled in the Creative Writing MFA program) must apply specifically to the concentration. Applicants will be accepted into the concentration 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 concentration program).


The graduate concentration 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