February 17, 2023

Regional English teachers can now earn the credentials needed to teach college-level courses through Shawnee State University’s new, fully-online, Master of Arts in Composition & Rhetoric.

Jennifer Scott
Dr. Jennifer Scott, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, oversees Shawnee State University’s new Composition & Rhetoric program.

“We are providing a pathway for teachers who want to teach college-level English in their high schools through dual-credit courses and the College Credit Plus program or those who want to teach at a university or community college,” Dr. Jennifer Scott, Associate Professor of English & Humanities, said. “The degree can also help students pursuing a Ph.D. program in English composition, education, or a related field.”

SSU’s program features courses taught in 7-week and 14-week formats. All classes are fully-online and designed for working professionals.

“We want to make it convenient and affordable for teachers to advance their careers,” Scott said.

The program includes ten courses that cover composition pedagogy, writing assessment theory and practice, history of rhetoric, research methods, and curriculum and instruction. A capstone project is also embedded in the degree.

A graduate certificate option is also available, which is designed for students who already hold a master’s degree in education or a related area. The certificate program includes only the 18 credit hours in the content area of composition that are required to teach College Credit Plus.

SSU also offers master’s degrees in intervention specialist and curriculum and instruction. These online degrees, like the Master of Arts in Composition & Rhetoric, are designed to help educators advance their careers.

Learn more about the Composition & Rhetoric program at Shawnee State University.

This feature was originally released in the Shawnee Magazine 2022 issue. To view the full magazine online, visit