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. Please note: At this time, the certificate is open only to UCLA graduate students.

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New class this fall!
English Composition 404: Diversity and Student-Centered Pedagogy
Check out our full 2017-18 course schedule here.

 

Questions?  Contact us at wpgradcert@ucla.edu

Admission Requirements and Application

Any UCLA 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. UCLA graduate 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.

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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 three core courses in writing pedagogy (EngComp 401, 402, and 403), all of which are designed to incorporate academic research and writing with more practical teaching 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 in 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.  Beginning with Summer 2017 applicants, all students must take at least one 495 training/mentoring course in Writing Programs to complete the certificate.
  • Finally, certificate participants also have the option to take elective courses outside of their chosen emphasis and the core courses.

Total: 16 units

The 16 units of coursework can be comprised of core courses, approved 495 training courses, and approved electives. Please note that additional core courses and training courses may be taken as electives toward the 16 units. Students may also petition to include relevant coursework, including departmental 495s, toward electives. Since the certificate is a highly individualized program, participants are encouraged to meet regularly with the certificate coordinator to discuss their progress in the program.

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 must choose one emphasis but are welcome to complete more than one
(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 (for those teaching in Engineering):

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 (for those teaching in Clusters):

English Composition 495M (2 units): Teaching Preparation Seminar: Clusters. Seminar, two hours. Required of all GE Clusters teaching assistants in their first quarter with Clusters. Training focused on student-centered pedagogy, reflective teaching, composition pedagogy, assessment of student writing, guidance of revision process, and specialized teaching issues that may occur in the Clusters context. Practical concerns of lesson planning, discussion leading, responding to and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. S/U grading.

English Composition 495N (2 units): Teaching Preparation: Writing-Intensive Seminar Development. Seminar, two hours. Required of all GE Clusters teaching assistants in the quarter prior to their first Clusters seminar and open to students seeking the Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy. Training focused on developing a writing-intensive seminar with emphasis on identifying course objectives, choosing appropriate readings, sequencing and scaffolding curriculum, drafting integrated assignments, and foregrounding writing in a discipline-specific context. Production of a syllabus for a seminar that satisfies UCLA’s Writing II requirement. S/U grading.

English Composition 495O (2 units): Supervised Teaching of Clusters Seminar. Seminar, two hours. Prerequisite: course 495N. Required of all GE Clusters teaching assistants teaching their first Clusters seminar. 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 and Clusters contexts. Practical concerns of creating assignments, responding to and grading essays, and conducting peer reviews and conferences. May be repeated for credit. S/U grading.

Alternatively:

Completion of approved departmental 495(s) plus one quarter of teaching Writing II (Writing in the Disciplines) and EC 495F.

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

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.

Graduate Student Professional Development 495CE (4 units): Supervised Preparation for Community-Engaged Teaching. Seminar, two hours. Suitable for graduate students in any discipline. Introduction to best practices for experiential learning and academic civic engagement, with emphasis on critical service learning pedagogy and strategies for collaborating effectively with diverse communities of Los Angeles. Facilitated by Center for Community Learning. S/U grading.

Curricular Flow Chart for Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy

Graduate Certificate in Writing Pedagogy Flow Chart (updated June 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