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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Certificate in Teaching Writing


Do you aspire to teach college English and need an edge on the competition for instructor positions? AUM’s Certificate in Teaching Writing provides students who possess a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate degree in English with the additional training and credentials needed to teach writing at post-secondary institutions. Receive training in composition pedagogy, basic writing, writing across the curriculum, and writing consultancy – and have the opportunity to put that knowledge to work in the college classroom.

The program consists of 12 hours taken from the following (all courses are three hours):

  • ENGL6060 Theories in Composition
  • ENGL6090 Writing across the Curriculum
  • ENGL6120 Writing in Material and Digital Spaces
  • ENGL6140 Multilingual Composition
  • ENGL6150 Pedagogy of Basic Writing
  • ENGL6913 Composition Teaching Practicum
  • ENGL6973 Professional Writing and Editing

Students who already possess an M.A. or Ph.D. in English may elect to take one less course from the above list, negotiable with their advisor.

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AUM is honored to have received many national and regional awards over the years. U.S. News & World Report named AUM one of its Top Public Schools for 2021, and Yahoo! Finance honored us as one of the Most Affordable Universities for 2021.


We think a high-quality, graduate education should be affordable. Tuition rates for many of our programs are lower than at comparable universities. In addition, scholarship or other kinds of tuition assistance may be available.


AUM offers a close-knit community where students and faculty get to know each other by name and develop valuable professional networks. We are able to keep class sizes small to facilitate group projects and personalized learning.


We understand that one of the main reasons you are here is to expand your career options. That’s why our programs are practical and often apply to your current work situation. You’ll also have the opportunity to get valuable career assistance.

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Certificate

Certificate in Teaching Writing


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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