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The Certificate in Writing and Rhetoric program is designed for current and future teachers of writing whose careers depend upon a strong foundation in literacy and keen rhetorical analysis. Our courses give students a thorough introduction to Writing and Rhetoric as a scholarly field as well as hands-on, administrative and teaching experience through our internship program. The strengths of our program include areas such as digital writing, multilingual writing, and writing center/writing program administration. The program is unique in that it offers students rich opportunities for theory, practice, research, and internships with mentoring from experienced writing program administrators and faculty. Salem State University’s Certificate in Writing and Rhetoric is the only certificate program of its kind in Massachusetts. This program is ideal for current secondary education teachers across the disciplines, community college and first year writing teachers, and students interested in pursuing further graduate studies in departments of English.


Program Requirements

This 12-credit certificate program is designed so that it can be completed in two semesters, including the summer. All participants must take: 

  • ENG 745: Introduction to Writing and Rhetoric

In addition, participants can then choose nine credits from the following list of electives:

  • ENG 817: Contemporary Approaches to the Teaching of Composition
  • ENG 830: Digital Writing
  • ENG 835: Mindful Writing: Theory and Practice
  • ENG 870: Writing Center Practicum
  • ENG 855: Creative Writing Theory and Practice
  • ENG: 833: Topics in Writing
  • ENG 797: Feminist Rhetorical Theory and Criticism
  • ENG 715: Topics in Digital Studies
  • ENG 880: Internship in College Pedagogy
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