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Department of English

Stephanie Tingley, Graduate Director
245 DeBartolo Hall
(330) 941-2482

Certificate Description

This four-course certificate (12 semester hours) is valuable as an enhancement for employment as a writing instructor and also as a springboard to further graduate work in the field. It is de­signed to meet the needs of K–12 language arts teachers; writing instructors at two-year colleges; and YSU graduate students who would like to enter doctorate programs in rhetoric and composi­tion. Students gain understanding of issues in the field of rhetoric and composition, such as:

  • cur­rent writing pedagogy,
  • assessment of writing,
  • language theory,
  • language varieties,
  • multicultural literacies,
  • electronic literacies, and
  • teaching strategies incorporating electronic media.

Frequency of course offerings allows most students to finish the certificate in two to three semesters.

Certificate Requirements

ENGL 6901Methods of Composition Research3
ENGL 6907Teaching of Writing3
Select one of the following:3
Methods of Literary Research
Teaching of Literature
Technical Communication
TESOL Methods
Studies in English Education 1
Select one of the following:3
English Grammar
Discourse Theory
Total Semester Hours12

To be eligible for the graduate certificate in teaching of writing, students need not have an undergraduate degree in English but must have a B.A. or B.S. degree and meet requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies at YSU.


If topic applied to rhetoric and composition.