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Graduate Certifcate In Composition Studies

This certificate can provide credentials needed to teach dual credit courses in Texas high schools or lower-division writing courses at local universities and community colleges.*

Gainful Employment Information


  • Courses taught by faculty with extensive experience teaching composition and writing courses
  • 18 hours of graduate coursework (6 courses) 
  • All evening courses during Fall/Spring that meet 1x/week; Summer session times vary
  • Part-time or full-time options available: full-time can complete in as little as 2 semesters
    (Fall and Spring); part-time can combine Fall, Spring, and Summer options
  • Required courses are relevant to the challenges of teaching college writing in Texas – teaching that must negotiate different levels of academic preparation, language differences, and cultural differences by incorporating diverse pedagogical strategies

Required Courses (3 hours each)

  • English 5317 – Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • English 5301 – Contemporary Composition Theory
  • English 5302 – Multicultural Composition Studies
  • English 5327 – Teaching College Writing Practicum 
  • 2 electives (6 hours total) from selected courses in the MARC program such as: Theories of Developmental Writing and Reading, Strategies for Writing Assessment, Studies in Literacy, etc. 

Application Process and Materials

  • Complete the Apply Texas general application form (If you are not pursuing the full MA and only the Certificate, please ensure to specifically state this at the beginning of your personal statement within the application
  • Prepare a personal statement of 500-750 words (prompt in the Apply Texas portal)
  • Submit all official college transcripts (applicants seeking admission to this pro­gram must hold a BA, BS or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or univer­sity in the US or overseas) 
  • Submit a writing sample of 10-15 pages

If you don't already have one, we ask that you compose a researched argument-driven academic essay of 10-15 pages on a topic of general interest using a generally recognized academic style sheet for references (MLA, APA, or Chicago).

Adam Ellwanger, PhD - Program Director:, 713-226-5577 

* Each institution establishes its own interpretations for SACSCOC credentials for its faculty; we encourage you to check with your institution before choosing courses in the program in consultation with the Program Director.

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Last updated 6/9/2021 8:40 AM