Certificate in Teaching Composition

Units required for the certificate: 181

Program Description

The English department of California State University, Sacramento, is a community of teachers, scholars, writers, and support staff whose primary mission is to promote learning in composition, creative writing, English education, linguistics, literature, and the teaching of English as a second language. The department seeks to help students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and realize their own intellectual and creative goals.

At the undergraduate and graduate levels, the English Department presents a broad and balanced curriculum designed to develop the reading and writing skills, the interpretative abilities, and the cultural awareness of its students by maintaining and enhancing a tradition of strong teaching, solid scholarship, and vigorous support of creative literary activity.

Note: Candidates must have an overall GPA of 3.0 in courses submitted for the certificate. Applicants for the Certificate Program in Teaching Composition must have completed all requirements for eligibility for any English graduate program.

Program Requirements

Required Courses (12 Units)
ENGL 195AWriting Center Theory and Practice: Internships3
or ENGL 410A Writing Center Theory and Practice: Internships
ENGL 220ATeaching College Composition 3
ENGL 220CTopics in Composition Studies3
Select one of the following:3
Internship in Teaching Writing
Teaching Associateship in English at Sacramento State
Electives (6 Units)
Select two of the following:6
Traditional Grammar and Standard Usage
English Grammar for ESL Teachers
ENGL 120 series exclusive of ENGL 120A
Writing and the Young Writer
Academic Reading and Writing for Second Language Students
Reading/Vocabulary Acquisition
ESL Writing/Composition
Pedagogical Grammar for TESOL
ENGL 220 series in addition to ENGL 220A and ENGL 220C
Theoretical Issues in Adult Literacies
Internship-ESL Teaching
Internship in Teaching Adult Reading
Total Units18