Program Overview

The online writing instruction graduate certificate program is the only graduate-level certificate in the country that provides writing teachers with training specifically in online instruction.
The 15-hour program helps current and new online faculty develop online courses that meet the standards of the Conference on College Composition and Communication Position Statement on Principles and Example Effective Practices for Online Writing Instruction.
Writing teachers or teachers of writing-intensive classes in secondary and higher education settings or curriculum designers who work in business and industry will understand the latest effective practices in delivering and assessing student writing in both hybrid and fully online settings.

Required Courses (15 hours)

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Core Requirements

Choose 15 hours

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Prerequisite: graduate standing. Contemporary research and theory on composing processes; includes the text itself, writing behavior, relationship between cognition and writing, writing contexts and communities, developm...

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RHET 7310 Composition Theory

3 credit hours

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Provides instruction in the functional applications related to basic design principles for online writing courses, instructional technology, and online writing pedagogy. Students in this course will study the principles ...

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RHET 7371 Introduction to Online Writing Instruction

3 credit hours

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Provides instruction in multimedia design to enhance online writing instruction. The course includes an analysis of effective instructional technologies to promote active learning and how to assess multimedia projects. S...

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RHET 7372 Multimedia for Online Writing Instruction

3 credit hours

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Provides theory and practice in topics related to online writing instruction, including accessibility in online writing instruction, advanced multimedia design, online writing assessment, collaboration, and administratio...

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RHET 7373 Special Topics in Online Writing Instruction

3 credit hours

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Prerequisites: graduate standing, recommendation of the departmental internship/practicum coordinator. Hands-on writing experience in a professional workplace. Work hours, activities, and responsibilities must be specifi...

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RHET 7360 Practicum

3 credit hours

Program Details

Admission Requirements

Students who wish to pursue this certificate program must meet the following requirements:
• Hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with aGPA of 3.0 or better for full admission, or GPA of 2.75 or better for conditional admission
• Submit to UALR Graduate School (along with application) a statement of purpose, resume, writing sample, and one letter of recommendation

Read more about the UALR Graduate School’s admissions process here.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all required courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better to receive their certificate.

Program Advisor

Dr. Heidi Harris | 501.569.8327 | haharris@ualr.edu
Department of Rhetoric and Writing Graduate Program Coordinator

Accreditation

UALR is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, affiliated with the Electronic Campus of the Southern Regional Education Board, and designated as “doctoral/research intensive” by the Carnegie Foundation.

Disabilities

UALR makes every effort to meet special accommodation and access needs. For information on specific accommodations for individuals with disabilities, you may contact the department sponsoring the class you wish to attend, call eLearning at 501.569.3003, or the Office of Disability Support Services at 501.569.3143. The Disability Support Services website,ualr.edu/disability, provides information about the accommodation process and online forms to apply for services.

  • Cost per credit hour: $383