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Composition & Literary Studies Graduate Certificate

Composition & Literary Studies Overview

This six-course certificate program is designed for teachers with a master's degree who require 18 hours of graduate English courses in order to meet the Higher Learning Commission's credential requirement for teaching dual enrollment/undergraduate English courses. Teachers without a master's degree can take the certificate courses as part of the M.A.T in English Education.

The courses that compose the Certificate in Composition and Literary Studies focus instruction on the content of both the first-year writing sequence and introduction to literature, assuring that teachers are prepared to:

  • Link language development and literacy acquisition to English teaching and curriculumdevelopment.
  • Implement new developments in teaching English to secondary students, including butnot limited to learner-centered pedagogies, multimodal literacy, and multimodalpedagogy.
  • Implement a variety of ELA content in familiar genres (fiction, poetry, drama, and film)in meaningful ways.
  • Recognize and analyze the rhetorical elements essential to the various genres addressedin the ELA classroom.
  • Determine best practices for using cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts forteaching literature.

The curriculum is designed to provide practical courses with relevant skills.