Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse

Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP)

The Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse’s Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP) provides an opportunity for advanced students in the Master of Arts in WRD to gain experience teaching college composition in DePaul’s First-Year Writing Program. MAWRD students accepted into TAP will be assigned a section of WRD 103 or WRD 104.  Under the close supervision of a tenured faculty member and following a common syllabus (with options for flexibility), TAP participants will serve as the sole classroom instructors for their assigned sections. Participants will enroll in WRD 551: Teaching Apprenticeship Practicum during the quarter of their teaching and will be paid a stipend of $2,700.

Eligibility Requirements
Admission to the program is competitive. To be eligible for consideration, MAWRD students must be in good standing with six courses (24 credits) in the MAWRD by the end of Spring Quarter 2014, including WRD 540 and at least one additional course from the Teaching Writing and Language concentration area. Acceptance into the program will be contingent on successful completion of WRD 540 with a grade of B+ or higher.

Application Timeline
Applications are now being accepted for the 2014-15 academic year. Click here to download an application.

Eligible students must email complete applications to the WRD Department Assistant, Clarissa Fidler, no later than April 14, 2014. Decisions will be announced on or around April 21, and accepted students must confirm enrollment by April 24.

Program Requirements
Students accepted into the program must complete the following requirements:

  • Participate in a three-day orientation and workshop on September 2-4, 2014, from 6:00-9:00 each evening. Attendance on all three days is mandatory, and alternatives to the three-day session will not be considered.

  • Complete WRD 551: Teaching Apprenticeship Practicum, during Autumn Quarter 2014. The course will meet on Thursday evenings.

  • Adhere to TAP, WRD, and FYW program expectations and guidelines while teaching the section assigned.

Because TAP is a competitive program, applicants should register for non-TAP Autumn Quarter courses as they otherwise would. Those who are accepted into the program will be registered for WRD 551 by the department. 

Questions about TAP may be directed to the MAWRD Program Director, Professor Lisa Dush.