At the core of the concentration in Teaching of Writing and Literature (TWL) are courses on pedagogies of literature and composition, reinforced by courses in literature, writing, linguistics, and theory. The program offers practicing educators the opportunity to renew knowledge and envision new paths as instructors. Students new to the field will benefit from an array of perspectives afforded by this program's breadth.
Why choose this concentration?
Experienced teachers looking for professional development in teaching literature or integrating composition into their courses should choose this concentration. New teachers or those about to begin teaching should choose this concentration for its foundational instruction in composition theory and pedagogical research.
What this program offers:
The TWL concentration is valuable for new and experienced teachers because of the range of perspectives on pedagogy, literature, and composition that are not part of a traditional education program. For new teachers, it provides a comprehensive foundation in pedagogy, analysis, and research methods, as well as practical skills in teaching literature and composition. Our alumni can be found throughout the region as teachers and administrators in high schools and community colleges.
Our students and faculty:
Our students reflect the diversity in backgrounds that make up George Mason University as a whole. We have students coming directly from college as well as many high school and community college teachers looking for professional development. We have a diverse and internationally-recognized scholarly faculty who have published research in specializations in many areas of composition and literature.
A successful applicant:
Demonstrates an interest in teaching, literature, and writing, as well as a desire to use the MA as part of a process of growth toward their goals. The most important part of the application for TWL is the writing sample. This should demonstrate skills in analysis and communication including grasp of MLA style citations, use of theoretical or argumentative frame, and the ability to read a text closely for style and significance. Applicants who are coming from a different professional or undergraduate background should submit a sample of professional writing that demonstrates their ability to manage complex information and communicate effectively.