Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy

The Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy addresses the need of UCLA graduate students for more specialized training in undergraduate teaching and professional development.  The certificate provides opportunities for graduate students in all fields of study to enhance their teaching abilities, their theoretical knowledge of language and composition pedagogies, and their job market potential.

Interested?  Scroll down for more information on certificate requirements, our application, and more.

Questions?  Contact us at wpgradcert@ucla.edu

Announcing our Spring 2017 schedule!

 

English Composition 402 (4 units)
Writing Pedagogy across the Disciplines: Genre and Discourse
4 units. Seminar, three hours. Survey of the literature on academic writing across the curriculum. Examination of writing conventions, genres, and styles in grad students’ academic disciplines, with a focus on evolving academic discourse in emerging and hybrid areas of inquiry. Development of best practices for adapting writing pedagogy to changes in disciplinary academic discourse, with discussion of challenges for multilingual learners. Letter grading. Fulfills core requirement.

Course schedule: Tuesdays 4-6:50 pm
Instructor: Laurel Westrup
Email Laurel at lwestrup@humnet.ucla.edu for more information.

 

English Composition 495A (formerly 495G) SEE FLYER
Teaching Preparation Seminar: Second Language Learners
4 units. Seminar, three hours. Required of all English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching assistants and open to students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Focus on pedagogical issues specifically related to academic reading and composition skills for second language learners, including course design, assessment of student writing, conferencing, and specialized problems that may occur in teaching English as a Second Language courses. S/U grading. Fulfills part of emphasis requirement.

Course schedule: Wednesdays 1-3:50 pm
Instructor: Carleen Velez
Email Carleen at curleyc@ucla.edu for more information.

 

English Composition 495C (formerly 495B)
Teaching Preparation Seminar: First Year Composition
4 units. Seminar, three hours. Required of all teaching assistants prior to teaching English Composition 3 courses and open to students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Focus on composition pedagogy, writing course design, assessment of student writing, and specialized problems that may occur in teaching English Composition 3. S/U grading. Fulfills part of emphasis requirement.

Course schedule: Tuesdays 1-3:50 pm
Instructors: Sonia Maasik and TAC Rachel Zwass
Email Sonia at maasik@humnet.ucla.edu for more information

 

English Composition 495E (formerly 495A)
Teaching Preparation Seminar: Writing in the Disciplines
2 units. Seminar, two hours. Required of all teaching assistants for Writing II courses not exempt by appropriate departmental or program training and open to students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Training focused on composition pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized writing problems that may occur in disciplinary contexts. Practical concerns of creating assignments, marking and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. S/U grading. Fulfills part of emphasis requirement.

Course schedule: Wednesdays 10-11:50 am
Instructor: Tara Prescott and TAC Jake Johnson
Email Tara at tprescot@ucla.edu for more information.

 

English Composition 495F (formerly EngComp 495D)
Supervised Teaching of Writing in the Disciplines.
2 units. Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 495E. Required of all teaching assistants for Writing II courses not exempt by appropriate departmental or program training. Mentoring conferences and teaching observations, with focus on student-centered pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized writing problems that may occur in disciplinary contexts. Practical concerns of creating assignments, marking and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading. Fulfills part of emphasis requirement.

Note: In Spring 2017, two sections of 495F will be designated for Clusters TAs; the other one will be open for enrollment to certificate participants.

Section 1 (Clusters section)
Course schedule: TBD
Instructor: Dana Cairns Watson
Email Dana at dcwatson@humnet.ucla.edu for more information

Section 2 (Clusters section)
Course schedule: TBD
Instructor: Peggy Davis
Email Peggy at peggy@humnet.ucla.edu for more information

Section 3 (general enrollment)
Course schedule: TBD
Instructor: Tara Prescott and TAC Jake Johnson
Email Tara at tprescot@ucla.edu for more information

 

English Composition 499 SEE FLYER
Academic Professionalization Colloquium
2 units. Colloquium and workshop, 3 hours every other week. Rotating speakers on topics including designing a digital teaching portfolio, drafting the academic/teaching CV, writing application letters for academic jobs, and pursuing alternative academic careers. Each speaker session and panel to be followed by a workshop. Culminates with the revision of an application letter, CV, teaching portfolio, or other relevant document to be determined in consultation with the colloquium organizer. S/U grading. Fulfills elective.

Course schedule: Fridays (every other week) 2-4:50 pm
Instructor: Jeremy Kelley
Email Jeremy Kelley at jkelley@humnet.ucla.edu for more information.

Admission Requirements and Application

Any graduate student who has taught at least one ESL, foreign language, English Composition, or Writing II course, including GE Clusters seminars, is encouraged to apply for the Certificate. Students who have not yet taught a writing/language course but who are interested in doing so are also welcome to apply.

If you have not taught with Writing Programs before, we recommend that you contact us at wpgradcert@ucla.edu before applying.

Apply here

Completion Requirements for the Certificate (16 units)

Students who complete the 16-unit certificate program will have reflected upon the teaching of writing from several angles. They take coursework in three areas:

  • First, certificate participants will be required to take at least one of the three new core courses in writing pedagogy, all of which are designed to incorporate academic research and writing with more practical objectives.
  • Second, students choose an emphasis that most closely adheres to their academic and professional objectives and interests: Second Language Learners, First-Year Composition, or Writing across the Disciplines. While the classes comprising each emphasis are all numbered 495—the University’s designation for teacher training courses—these courses vary considerably in curricula and objectives depending on the student population addressed.
  • Finally, certificate participants also have the option to take elective courses outside of their chosen emphasis and the core courses.

Total: 16 units

Certificate Course List

Core Courses | At least 4 units required from the following courses:

English Composition 401 (formerly EngComp 494) (4 units): Current Issues in University Writing Pedagogy. Seminar, three hours. Exploration of current literature and theories of post-secondary writing pedagogy that may include a focus on the changing institutional role of writing instruction, multi-modal composition, and linguistic/educational diversity. Letter grading.

English Composition 402 (4 units): Writing Pedagogy across the Disciplines: Genre and Discourse. Seminar, three hours. Survey of the literature on academic writing across the curriculum. Examination of writing conventions, genres, and styles in grad students’ academic disciplines, with a focus on evolving academic discourse in emerging and hybrid areas of inquiry. Development of best practices for adapting writing pedagogy to changes in disciplinary academic discourse, with discussion of challenges for multilingual learners. Letter grading.

English Composition 403 (4 units): Language Pedagogy: Form, Meaning, and Function. Seminar, three hours. Survey of theories and applications of language structures and conventions, with insights from discourse analysis and functional grammar. Designed to develop instructors’ ability to explain structures and to articulate language-based issues of meaning. Integrates research and successful applications of knowledge for improved language related instruction and feedback in composition studies. Letter Grading.

Emphases | Students will choose one emphasis (for exact requirements, please consult the curricular flow chart on our site)

Second Language Learner Emphasis

English Composition 495A (formerly EngComp 495G)  (4 units). Teaching Preparation Seminar: Second Language Learners.  Seminar, three hours. Required of all English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching assistants and open to students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Focus on pedagogical issues specifically related to academic reading and composition skills for second language learners, including course design, assessment of student writing, conferencing, and specialized problems that may occur in teaching English as a Second Language courses. S/U grading.

English Composition 495B (4 units): Supervised Teaching of Second Language Learners. Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 495A. Required of all ESL teaching assistants each quarter in which they are assigned to teach ESL courses. Focus on composition pedagogy, writing course design, assessment of student writing, and specialized problems that may occur in teaching ESL.

Alternatively:

Completion of English Composition 495A, foreign language home department 495, and one quarter of teaching a foreign language course.

First-Year Composition Emphasis

English Composition 495C (formerly EngComp 495B) (4 units): Teaching Preparation Seminar: First Year Composition. Seminar, three hours. Required of all teaching assistants prior to teaching English Composition 3 courses and open to students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Focus on composition pedagogy, writing course design, assessment of student writing, and specialized problems that may occur in teaching English Composition 3. S/U grading.

English Composition 495D (formerly EngComp 495C) (2 units): Supervised Teaching of First Year Composition. Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 495C. Required of all teaching assistants who are assigned to English Composition 3 courses. Focus on composition pedagogy, writing course design, assessment of student writing, and specialized problems that may occur in teaching English Composition 3. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

 Writing in the Disciplines Emphasis

English Composition 495E (formerly EngComp 495A) (2 units): Teaching Preparation Seminar: Writing in the Disciplines. Seminar, two hours. Required of all teaching assistants for Writing II courses not exempt by appropriate departmental or program training and open to students seeking a Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Training focused on composition pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized writing problems that may occur in disciplinary contexts. Practical concerns of creating assignments, marking and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. S/U grading.

English Composition 495F (formerly EngComp 495D) (2 units): Supervised Teaching of Writing in the Disciplines. Seminar, two hours. Requisite: course 495E. Required of all teaching assistants for Writing II courses not exempt by appropriate departmental or program training. Mentoring conferences and teaching observations, with focus on student-centered pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized writing problems that may occur in disciplinary contexts. Practical concerns of creating assignments, marking and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

Alternatively:

English Composition M495I (formerly EngComp M495E/Engineering M495A) (2 units): Teaching Preparation Seminar: Writing for Engineers. (Same as Engineering M495I.) Seminar, two hours. Required of all teaching assistants for Engineering writing courses not exempt by appropriate departmental or program training. Training and mentoring, with focus on composition pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized writing problems that may occur in engineering writing contexts. Practical concerns of preparing students to write course assignments, marking and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. S/U grading.

English Composition M495J (formerly EngComp M495F/Engineering M495B)(2 units): Supervised Teaching of Writing for Engineers. (Same as Engineering M495J.) Seminar, one hour. Requisite: course M495I. Required of all teaching assistants in their initial term of teaching Engineering writing courses. Mentoring in group and individual meetings. Continued focus on composition pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized writing problems that may occur in engineering writing contexts. Practical concerns of preparing students to write course assignments, marking and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. S/U grading.

Alternatively:

English 495A and 495B plus at least one quarter of teaching English 4W.

For additional alternatives in this emphasis, please contact us.

Possible Electives | Variable units to equal 16 units total for the certificate
Note: Students may petition to use relevant coursework not listed here as electives

English 242 (4 units): Language and Literature. Lecture, four hours. Application of linguistics to literary analysis. Individual seminars dealing with one historical period (medieval and Renaissance, neoclassical, or 19th century and modern), specific authors, or contributions of specific groups of linguists to literary analysis. May be repeated for credit. S/U or letter grading.

Education 206A (4 units): Philosophy of Education: Introduction. Lecture, four hours. Systematic introduction to field, indicating ways in which philosophy serves to elucidate educational aims, content, methods, and values. S/U or letter grading.

Comparative Literature 495B (4 units): Advanced Preparation for Teaching Literature and Composition. Lecture, four hours. Design and development of Comparative Literature 4DW syllabi with focus on diversity, inclusion, and service learning as methodology for critical thinking and writing. Guest speakers from the UCLA community will address various topics on teaching diversity and community engagement. S/U or letter grading.

English Composition 404 (4 units): Diversity and Student-Centered Pedagogy. Seminar, three hours. Survey of the literature on heterogeneous classrooms, with a focus on diversity of race, socio-economic status, geographic background, linguistic skills, and academic preparedness. Development of best practices for accommodating diverse student populations and building active, inclusive curriculum and classroom environments at the university level. S/U or Letter grading.

English Composition 499 (2 units): Academic Professionalization Colloquium. Colloquium and workshop, 3 hours every other week. Rotating speakers on topics including designing a digital teaching portfolio, drafting the academic/teaching CV, writing application letters for academic jobs, and pursuing alternative academic careers. Each speaker session and panel to be followed by a workshop. Culminates with the revision of an application letter, CV, teaching portfolio, or other relevant document to be determined in consultation with the colloquium organizer. S/U grading.

Curricular Flow Chart for Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy

Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy Flow Chart (updated Feb. 2017)

Participant Assessment

Participant assessment will be ongoing through coursework as well as required mentoring of Teaching Assistants in the program. Faculty and staff will meet quarterly, under the guidance of the certificate coordinator, to review the progress of students enrolled in the certificate program.

Contact - Graduate Certificate Coordinator

For enrollment or curricular inquiries, please contact Writing Programs’ Graduate Certificate Coordinator: wpgradcert@ucla.edu