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 among 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

*Note: After you have taken one writing genre course and one reading focused course, you may take other courses in those groups and they will count as electives.


Teaching Writing Core

Writing Genre Courses

Reading Focused Courses


(Students may also take one course in another AAP program, with permission from the Teaching Writing Program Director.)


(The residency may be repeated a second time as an elective.)


(All eight courses must be completed before students may take Thesis.)

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.