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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.

Application materials:

  • 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 (; 773-325-8688). Please email all application materials directly to Dr. Goffman (not to Graduate Admission).

Certificate Requirements:

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 Certificateare also eligibleto apply for the internship.

ENG 474


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.

ENG 475


See schedule for current offering.