The College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences offers students a traditional liberal education to meet the needs of the 21st century, allowing them to compete for a variety of careers in an increasingly complex and evolving world.

Master of Teaching Writing


Over the course of two years, students complete 30 credit hours and prepare a thesis and professional portfolio to complete this degree. In the first year, students may have the opportunity to work as writing consultants or research assistants. In the second year, students are given the opportunity to teach in the Composition Program. For the Certificate of Teaching Writing program, students are required to take 18 credit hours with a bachelor’s degree and 15 credit hours with a previous master’s degree or higher. The certificate may be completed in a year.

For more information, to ask questions, or just have a conversation about what it takes to teach writing at the college level or in the community, please contact the program director, Dr. Shannon Howard at

Core Courses in the MTW and CTW


Program Objectives

To provide students with opportunities to:
1. Develop the knowledge needed to support literacy learning in writing programs, to implement effective teaching strategies in composition;
2. Practice applying theory to contexts in teaching;
3. Experience composition and rhetoric as a multidisciplinary field by completing reading in composition theory, rhetorical theory, learning theory;
4. Gain familiarity and experience with a growing body of research focused on the learning process in acquiring literacy;
5. Enter in the professional conversation of scholarship in composition studies and rhetorical theory;
6. Acquire knowledge of the history of composition studies.

MTW and CTW Student Outcomes
After completing this course of study, students will be able to:
1. Design and develop materials appropriate to a range of instruction in writing for a range of student populations;
2. Apply theoretical knowledge of composition to writing instruction;
3. Select and use appropriate strategies for the development and practice of teaching writing;
4. Demonstrate knowledge of composition studies.

Why does America need students who have earned a MTW or CTW

About the Professors

Howard, Shannon

Dr. Shannon Howard is an Assistant Professor of English who currently serves as Director of the Master of Teaching Writing and teaches graduate courses in composition theory, pedagogy, and writing across the disciplines. She also teaches first-year writing courses with an emphasis on environmental issues. Her research interests include material and cultural rhetorics, the use of popular culture in freshmen composition classrooms, ecocomposition, and the professionalization of new writing teachers. In the MTW she teaches Theories in Composition, Writing across the Curriculum, Thesis/Portfolio, and Composition Teaching Practicum. She is a member of the Online Learning and Teaching committee at AUM.

Lilian Mina

Dr. Lilian Mina is the Director of Composition at Auburn University at Montgomery and an Assistant Professor of English who teaches graduate courses and upper-division writing courses in the Department of English and Philosophy. She researches digital rhetoric with focus on multimodal composing, the integration of social media platforms in teaching writing, and identity construction in online writing spaces. Her research on multilingual composition is centered on writers’ experiences with multimodal composing through incorporating translingual practices, and examining students’ prior (digital)writing experiences. She is also interested in professional development of writing teachers, professionalization of graduate students, empirical research methods, and undergraduate research. She teaches these courses in the MTW program: Multilingual Composition and Teaching Diverse Populations of Students; Professional Writing, Editing, and Consulting; and Writing in Digital and Material Environments.