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    Dec 10, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching Technical Writing certificate

This graduate academic certificate caters to non-majors. Teaching technical writing requires an acute attention to the stylistic and rhetorical standards and practices that govern workplace writing—these practices often run counter to traditional humanities-based writing training. Understandably, these emphases are not part of the curricula in rhetoric/composition, literature, creative writing, and cultural studies programs.

The certificate in teaching technical writing equips students with the skills needed to teach a variety of foundational courses in technical communication, including introduction to technical writing, technical editing, technical style, document and web design, and professional report and proposal writing.

Admission procedures

The admission requirements for a graduate-level certificate differ from an MA degree. To be admitted to the certificate program, the student must either be concurrently enrolled in an accredited master’s/doctoral program or have already earned a master’s/doctoral degree from an accredited university.

GRE scores, letters of reference, a personal statement, and a resume are not required to apply for this certificate program. Applicants, however, must follow these procedures: 

  • U.S. citizens/permanent residents submit application, application fee, and official transcripts to the Toulouse Graduate School.
  • International applicants submit above materials to the International Admission Office. Acceptable TOEFL scores must be submitted. Applicants with an undergraduate degree from a U.S. college/university or having successfully completed an intensive English program may be exempted from the TOEFL.
  • The Toulouse Graduate School and the Department of Technical Communication will notify students of their admission status.
  • Students who wish to enter the MA program in professional and technical communication will be required to take the GRE and meet College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences entrance requirements before proceeding with courses beyond those needed for the certificate program.

Certificate requirements

Students interested in the graduate certificate in teaching technical writing must take four courses (12 hours) to earn the academic certificate. For more information about earning the certificate online, see


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