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The graduate certificate in English pedagogy provides students with coursework that focuses on teaching in the domains of English studies, including literature, composition, creative writing, and technical writing.

The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several programs in English and elsewhere. Part of the coursework toward the certificate may be applied to those degrees with the approval of the director of the degree program.

The graduate certificate in English pedagogy may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.


Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. For information specific to the graduate certificate in English pedagogy, see Application Requirements and Deadlines on the departmental website.


Students must achieve a minimum grade of 3.00 in each course.

For policies governing all graduate certificates, see AP.6.8 Requirements for Graduate Certificates.

Banner Code: LA-CERG-EPGY

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

ENGH 610Proseminar in Teaching the Reading of Literature3
ENGH 615Proseminar in Composition Instruction3
Total Credits6

Pedagogy Courses

Select two courses from the following:6
Topics in Pedagogy
Northern Virginia Writing Project Inservice Program 1
Composition Theory
Workshop in English 2
Applied Linguistics: Teaching English as a Second Language
Total Credits6

Offered only to full-time teachers through school district contracts.


Topic must be NVWP Summer Institute; open to full-time teachers on an invitation basis.


Select content-area coursework that supports their goals in developing pedagogical expertise 16
Total Credits6

Electives should be selected in consultation with an advisor.