Admissions Requirements

Admission to AAP programs typically requires a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. However, the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing program will review course transcripts and consider professional experience to assess applicants, regardless of GPA.

General Information

  • AAP Admissions Requirements
  • Application Deadline: Students may begin their studies in any semester. However, in order to ensure time for applicants to be fully considered, completed applications should be received no later than 30-60 days before the start of the semester in which the applicant hopes to begin.
  • Bachelor’s Degree: Students must hold a bachelor’s degree prior to enrolling.
  • Application Materials: Please note that gathering and guaranteeing delivery of application materials is the responsibility of the applicant.
  • Transcripts: Initially, unofficial digital copies of your transcripts are accepted, and applicants may be accepted on a conditional basis at that time. However, official copies will be needed before students may become fully enrolled. Official transcripts need to be mailed from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in which coursework was completed. International transcripts must be translated before submission. Please see the admissions requirements web page for more information.
  • International Coursework: If you have international coursework, send the course-by-course credential evaluation. Please visit the International Applications page for details.

Teaching Writing Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Transcripts from all college studies and latest degree.
  • 750-1000 word Statement of Purpose, describing your professional goals and interests in using writing in your teaching and in exploring your writing.
  • Up to ten pages (2500 words) of a writing sample or samples of any genre or type.
  • Optional: Up to three letters of recommendation directly related to teaching skill, writing, or teaching promise.

Applicant Review Process

  • Once an application is complete, the Admissions Department will submit a request for review by the Program Admissions Committee.
  • The Program Admissions Committee consists of the Program Coordinator and faculty members.
  • Applications are reviewed as they are received by the committee so that review times may vary depending on the number of completed applications submitted.
  • The committee reserves the right to contact the application for additional evidence of qualifications or to clarify provided materials.
  • Once admitted to the certificate program, the students will be allowed to register, after speaking to a faculty advisor.

State-specific Information for Online Programs

We currently are not accepting applications to the Graduate Certificate in Teaching Writing from students who reside in Wisconsin. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of state-specific information for online programs.