Certificate in Writing Competency

This certificate of achievement requires the successful completion of thirteen - fourteen units of English composition course work and may be used as verification of writing competency for entry-level jobs in fields including:

- composition tutoring,

- editing and publishing,

- journalism,

- pre-law,

- theater and entertainment,

- freelance writing,

- university or college teacher assisting.

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Writing Competency Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Employ a variety of rhetorical techniques in order to write multi-paragraph essays.
  2. Use correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and capitalization in order to demonstrate knowledge of the conventions of the English language.
  3. Use the Internet and word processing programs in order to compose and revise written work.
  4. Critically analyze and synthesize source material to demonstrate ability to write at the college level.
Select one (1) of the following reading and composition courses:
Reading and Composition4
Reading and Composition - Honors4
Reading and Composition, Enhanced5
Select one (1) of the following composition and critical thinking classes:
Composition and Critical Thinking3
Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors3
Select one (1) of the following courses:
Reporting and Writing News3
Introduction to Literature3
Film as Literature3
Film as Literature - Honors3
Required rhetoric course:
ENGL 104Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking3
or ENGL 104H Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
Total Units13-14

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Note: Substitute ENGL 101E (5 units) may be needed based on placement.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
ENGL 101
Reading and Composition
or Reading and Composition - Honors
Winter Term 1
ENGL 103
Composition and Critical Thinking
or Composition and Critical Thinking - Honors
Spring Term 1
ENGL 104
Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking
or Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking - Honors
COMM 101
Reporting and Writing News
or Introduction to Literature
or Film as Literature
or Film as Literature - Honors
 Total Units13

Career Opportunities

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