The MA in Teaching Writing Program helps teachers at all levels, K-University, in all disciplines, learn to become master teachers of writing, acquiring new and innovative ways to teach writing to their students, studying theories and best practices on the teaching of writing that they can share with their colleagues, and pursuing their own writing in an exciting and supportive online community of teachers and writers.
MA in Teaching Writing
|Entry Terms||Fall, Spring, and Summer|
|Degree Requirements||9 courses
Required on-site 7-10-day residency. All courses except the Residency are online.
|Length of Program||12 – 20 months|
|Tuition||$3,108 per course*|
The MA in Teaching Writing allows participants to address individual situations, needs, and interests while learning within a diverse community. By offering flexible, interactive, and customized learning, the program provides a model for teaching writing and a forum where all teachers can learn and grow together as teachers of writing, and as writers too.
Not sure if the MA degree is for you? We also offer a five-course Graduate Certificate. Or, start out by taking one or two courses as a special student to see if the program is right for you. If you decide later you’d like to pursue the certificate or degree, you’ll receive credit for those one or two courses taken as a special student.
Sample a Lesson!
Click on the video below to see a portion of a lesson on the history of teaching writing, which is one of the topics studied in the program’s core course, Teaching Writing: Theory, Practice and Craft.
2017 Teaching Writing Residency
in Bar Harbor, Maine
Nine students, invigorated by the cool fresh air and astonishing ocean views, helped make the inaugural Teaching Writing Residency a great success. The residency took place July 2 – 9 at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine as Teaching Writing students joined with some forty other students from the Johns Hopkins Writing and Science Writing programs for the 2017 Hopkins Conference on Craft. We were also visited by a videographer, who interviewed Program Director Mark Farrington and many of the Teaching Writing students.
We were also visited by a videographer, who interviewed Program Director Mark Farrington and many of the Teaching Writing students.
At least one residency is required for all Masters-Degree-seeking students; it’s optional for those seeking the certificate. The location of our residency changes every year, but it will always be 7-10 days during the month of July. The 2018 residency will take place at the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus in Baltimore July 22 – 29.
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.
*Please note: 2019-2020 tuition rates are tentative pending approval by the Board of Trustees. More information.
- 1.2 - MA in Writing Alum Craig Gralley Profiled in Washington Post
- 12.5 - MA in Writing Alum Monica Hesse’s Book Named a New York Times Notable Book of 2017
- 3.29 - MA in Writing Faculty Rion Scott Wins PEN/Bingham Prize
View a recorded Online Open House session (Spring 2019)
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