Degree Requirements

The MA in Teaching Writing Degree is a nine-course program with the following requirements:

  • One course in Teaching Writing: Theory, Practice, and Craft
  • One course from the Genre Writing Group
  • One course from the Reading Group
  • One 7-10-day residency
  • Four electives of the students’ choosing
  • Final course: Thesis in Teaching Writing


Courses in the Teaching Writing program will include (but are not limited to):

Core Course

Genre Writing Group

Reading Group


  • Teaching Composition at the College and Community College Level
  • Teaching Reluctant Writers
  • Neuroscience, Creativity, and Writing (492.682)
  • Responding to and Revising Writing
  • Using Technology in the Onsite or Online Writing Classroom
  • Creating a Student-Run Writing Center
  • Writing for Young Readers (492.660)
  • The Power of Grammar and Usage

There may also be opportunities to take an elective from the MA in Writing Program or the MA in Science Writing Program.


One 7-10-day residency as part of the Summer Hopkins Conference on Craft.

  • Residency: Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing

Final Course (Required for all)

Thesis in Teaching Writing (all eight courses must be completed before students become eligible to take this).

  • Thesis in Teaching Writing

State-specific Information for Online Programs

We currently are not accepting applications to the Master of Arts 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.