The Certificate Program in Teaching English in Two-Year Colleges is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Department of English and taught by faculty in both English and the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse. The program is designed to prepare prospective teachers of introductory classes in English, writing, and the humanities in city and community college settings. Participants in the Certificate Program will learn to teach critical and analytical reading, the processes and disciplines of writing, and other aspects of the arts, humanities, or communication curriculum in two-year colleges.
The Certificate is comprised of 20 hours of credit: four classroom-based courses and a teaching internship.
To be admitted to the Certificate Program, students must have completed or be currently pursuing a master's degree in English; Writing and Publishing; Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse; or a related field.
- Cover letter describing interest in teaching in a two-year college
- Current CV (résumé)
- Undergraduate and graduate academic transcripts
- Sample of recent academic or professional writing
- Names of two faculty references
Applications are accepted at any time. It is strongly recommended that the prospective applicant contact the program director, Dr. Carolyn Goffman, before applying (firstname.lastname@example.org; 773-325-8688). Please email all application materials directly to Dr. Goffman (not to Graduate Admission).
Two-Year College Teaching Internship
Before applying for an internship, please contact Dr. Goffman.
Please note: Chicago-area two-year colleges operate on the semester system; therefore, the internship's duration does not correspond to DePaul's academic calendar. The intern should expect to complete the work for ENG 509 some time after the end of the quarter in which registered. A grade of "R" (indicating work in progress) will be assigned temporarily, to be changed to a letter grade when work is completed.
Graduate students who are not pursuing the Certificate are also eligible to apply for the internship.
Prepares English teachers to teach literature at the secondary and college undergraduate levels. The course develops methods of teaching all literary genres, addresses problems in literacy, and focuses on the transactional nature of reading and writing.
Introduction to teaching composition at the secondary and college undergraduate levels. The course helps students develop methods of teaching composition based on modern theories of rhetoric, reading and language acquisition. Formerly ENG 480.
An introduction to written rhetoric and culture. Explores competing conceptions of culture and meanings of literacy, particularly as they relate to American literacy education.
TOPICS IN TEACHING WRITING AND LANGUAGE
Explores topics related to teaching writing and language. Topics vary.
WRITING CENTER THEORY AND PEDAGOGY
Introduction to current theories and practices in writing instruction; prepares students to develop and administer writing centers and to work as writing consultants. (Writing Center practicum required.)
TOPICS IN LITERATURE
See schedule for current offering.
LANGUAGE AND STYLE FOR WRITERS
A comprehensive examination of structural elements and stylistic devices that experienced writers use across a number of creative and professional genres. Topics include components of style, sentence rhythm and prosody, diction choices, rhetorical punctuation, and the development of one's personal writing voice.
TEACHING CREATIVE WRITING
Prepares English teachers to teach creative writing at the secondary and college undergraduate levels. Models the planning and directing of effective workshops in poetry and fiction writing. Formerly ENG 485.
TOPICS IN TEACHING
See schedule for current offerings.