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The Certificate in the Theory and Practice of College Composition

The Department of English offers a post-baccalaureate certificate program in the Theory and Practice of College Composition.


1. An acceptable BA or BS from an accredited institution.
2. Admission to the Office of Graduate Programs.
3. ENGL 175 or an equivalent course (this deficiency may be made up during the first semester of certificate work).

Course Requirements for the Certificate: 22-23 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this certificate.

4 courses required:

ENGL    231    Theory/Practice in Tutor Comp    4.0    FS

Prerequisites: Strongly recommended: ENGL 110 and ENGL 175. With permission of instructor, course may be repeated once for credit, but credit will not count toward major.

ENGL    326    Topics Contemporary Linguistics    3.0    FS

ENGL    352    Theories of Literacy    3.0    SP

ENGL    380    Teaching Composition    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ENGL 231.

1 course selected from:

ENGL    224    Syntactic/Morphological Analysis    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 121, ENGL 124.

ENGL    228    Linguistic Approaches to Reading    3.0    SP

Prerequisites: ENGL 121.

1 course selected from:

ENGL    322    Writing in the Profession    3.0    FA

ENGL    332    Adv Theory 2nd Lang Acquisition    3.0    Inq

Prerequisites: ENGL 232.

1 course selected from:

ENGL    232    Second Language Acquisition    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 121.

ENGL    294    Literature/Language/Composition    3.0    FS

Prerequisites: ENGL 124, ENGL 175, and ENGL 210.

ENGL    296    Literary Editing    4.0    FA

Prerequisites: ENGL 020 (may be taken concurrently).

Additional Requirement:

A maximum of 6 units of transfer credit may be allowed in the certificate program. A grade-point average of 3.0 must be earned for courses required for the certificate program. At least a C must be earned in each course in the certificate program before the certificate is awarded.

Students accepted into the MA program in English may also complete the certificate if they so desire. In this case, courses counted toward the MA may also be counted toward the certificate.

Teachers who have completed English 290 (Northern California Writing Project, invitational) may substitute these 6 units for ENGL 231 and ENGL 294 in the core and one additional required course.