Dr. Michael Charlton, Program Director
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The Master of Applied Science in Assessment with a Writing option is intended for new or experienced teachers interested in improving their skills at the teaching of writing. Key ideas include constructing writing assignments, integrating writing into the curriculum, applying exciting and innovative approaches to writing, assessing writing, and communicating the value and results of writing and writing assessment to students, parents, and administrators.

The MAS in Assessment with a Writing option uses core courses taught primarily by Education Department faculty. The core courses are offered online. Descriptions of these courses can be found on the Education Department’s website.

The MAS in the Assessment of Writing option also uses experienced writing teachers and researchers from the English and Modern Languages faculty. English faculty, including those involved in Missouri Western’s National Writing Project, teach courses on topics such as composition theory and research and intensive institutes on curricular design.

The Graduate Certificate in the Teaching of Writing is primarily focused on current teachers who want greater practice and application with teaching writing in the K-12, community college, or college writing classroom.  It is closely aligned with the English and Modern Languages department and with the Prairie Lands Writing Project, a member of the National Writing Project. 

The Gainful Employment Disclosure for the Teaching of Writing Certificate may be found here.

Admission Requirements (Master of Applied Science, M.A.S.)

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or closely related field.
  • Letter of intent that summarizes the skills, experiences, and competencies students can bring to the program.
  • Curriculum Vitae or resume.
  • Portfolio, 10 to 15 pages total length, that includes two or three writing samples.
  • Undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.75, as indicated on undergraduate transcript submitted to the Graduate School.
  • Three letters of reference from professors, supervisors, or other suitably qualified personnel. 
  • Application reviewed and approved by the English and Modern Languages Graduate Committee.

Admission Requirements (Graduate Certificate)

  • Submission of application for admission to the MWSU Graduate School.
  • Letter of intent.
  • Writing samples.
  • Professional resumé.
  • Appropriate documentation from Summer Institute.
  • Application reviewed and approved by Prairie Lands Writing Project director.