Teaching Composition


The Certificate offers enhanced and more specialized instruction in the teaching of composition, as well as advancing the knowledge of composition theory and practical teaching skills. This curriculum also provides an opportunity for USF graduate students currently pursuing an English degree to gain a documented concentration in teaching composition. Also, it offers additional knowledge that is beneficial to high school instructors wishing to improve their composition teaching skills.

Course location/delivery

Certificate is offered at the Tampa campus.

Admission requirements

The applicant must have an earned Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.


None are required.


The Certificate requires 15 credit hours (three core classes and two electives).

ENC 6700 Studies in Composition Theory
ENC 6720 Studies in Composition Research
LAE 6375 Contemporary Composition Studies


ENC 6336 Rhetorical Dimensions of Composition
ENC 6740 Theory and Development of Writing Programs
ENG 6939 Graduate Seminar in English (with composition content)
LAE 6392 Practice in Teaching Composition
LIT 6934 Selected Topics (by permission of the Coordinator of Rhetoric and Composition)

Time Limit

There is no specific time limit for completion.


Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval

Standardized tests

International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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Lee Davidson
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