Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies (Online)
Graduate Degree and Graduate Certificate Application Deadlines
Spring 2024 - January 1, 2024
Summer 2024 - May 15, 2024
Fall 2024 - August 1, 2024
The Graduate Certificate in Composition Studies is an 18-hour online program designed to provide English and Writing/Composition instructors with the credentials needed to teach dual-credit/enrollment courses in Texas high schools or lower-division writing courses at local universities and community colleges.* Courses are taught online by faculty with extensive experience and expertise in teaching composition and writing courses. The program provides courses 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.
4 Required Courses (12 SCHs)
ENG 5317 - Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
ENG 5301 - Contemporary Composition Theory
ENG 5302 - Multicultural Composition Studies
ENG 5327 - Teaching College Writing Practicum
2 Elective Courses (6 SCHs)
ENG 5306 - Critical Theory
ENG 5316 - Advanced Studies in the History of Rhetoric
ENG 6307 - Advanced Shakespeare
ENG 6313 - British Literature Seminar
ENG 6314 - American Literature Seminar
ENG 6315 - World Literature Seminar
ENG 6316 - Multicultural Rhetorics
ENG 6317 - Theories and Practice of Second Language Acquisition
ENG 6319 - Language Variation and Adaptation
ENG 6326 - Theories of Developmental Writing and Reading
ENG 6327 - Studies in Literacy
ENG 6370 - Theories of Collaborative Learning and Pedagogical Practices
TCOM 6310 - Intercultural and World Communication
ENG 6371 - Strategies for Writing Assessment
TCOM 6318 - Stylistics and Editing
TCOM 6323 - Communications and Technology
Please visit the UHD Catalog for more detailed information on degree requirements, course offerings, and course descriptions.
Note: Students should regularly consult with the Program Director and current/future employers to determine which electives to take.
Applicants must hold a BA, BS, or an equivalent degree from an accredited college or university in the US or overseas and have proficiency in English (if a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language) provided by adequate TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores. The recommended/preferred GPA for applicants is 2.5 or higher.
How to Apply
Complete and submit all of the following items in order to be considered for admission. Personal statements and writing samples can be uploaded through the applicant portal, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mailed to:
Office of Admissions – Graduate Admissions
University of Houston-Downtown
One Main Street, Suite GSB 308
Houston, TX 77002-1001
- Submit an application
- Pay the $35 application fee
- Request/submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended to the email or mailing address above (including community college work and prior graduate work).
- Provide a 10-15 page academic writing sample. We ask that you compose a researched, argument-driven academic essay on a topic of general interest using a generally recognized academic style sheet for references (MLA, APA, or Chicago).
- Provide a personal statement of approximately 500 words that addresses the following questions in detail. Support
your views with reasons and examples drawn from such areas as your reading, experience,
observations, or academic studies. Be sure to develop your ideas fully and organize
- Why do you want to study rhetoric and composition?
- What topics or issues in our field might you want to study further and why?
- What qualifies you to embark upon this field of study?
- What experience do you have in this field?
- How do you plan to use your degree?
- Provide TOEFL scores of 550 with section scores of 50 or higher (if a graduate of a university in which English is not the native language).