Student Learning Outcomes - A student with a Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:
Understand the writing process as it translates to the teaching of writing in varied genres and contexts.
Develop writing assignments that demonstrate how writing can be used as a tool for learning and critical inquiry.
Design effective writing tasks using or situated within new media environments.
Create a personal writing pedagogy that leads to consistency in practice when teaching, assigning, responding to, and assessing writing.
Fulfill leadership roles in professional development programs related to improved literacy instruction.
Each student seeking admission must send the following materials directly to the Coordinator of the M.A. English program:
Two confidential letters of reference. The letters should be written by those most able to address the student’s academic work, written and verbal skills, and promise of achievement at the graduate level.
A writing sample. The writing sample is a one-page typewritten statement of purpose in which the student outlines his/her educational background, teaching and/or research experience (if any), and reasons for pursuing an M.A. in English.
Candidates must successfully complete the GKCWP Invitational Institute prior to admission of the certificate.
Candidates who hold a BA degree in a discipline other than English may be admitted to the program if they demonstrate a commitment to teaching writing within their own discipline as a central component of their pedagogy. Such a commitment can be demonstrated in the writing sample or letters of recommendation.