Students interested in teaching writing at the college level or those who anticipate going on for a PhD will benefit enormously from the Department of Writing, Rhetoric, & Discourse’s Teaching Apprenticeship Program (TAP). This unique program provides advanced students in the MA in WRD
the opportunity to gain valuable experience teaching college composition in DePaul’s First-Year Writing Program.
MA in WRD
students accepted into TAP will be assigned a section of WRD 103 (Composition and Rhetoric I) for which they will serve as the sole classroom teacher. They will participate in a 3-day teaching workshop prior to the start of the quarter in which they teach, then take a companion course, WRD 551, concurrent with their teaching. This ensures plenty of support and supervision from a tenured faculty member. They will also be paid a stipend of $2,700.
The annual TAP announcement is typically posted in late February, and applications are due in early April.
Admission to the program is competitive. To be eligible
for consideration, MA in WRD students must be in good standing with six
courses (24 credits) in the MA in WRD by the end of Spring Quarter preceding
the year they intend to enroll in TAP. In addition, they must have
taken WRD 540 and at least one additional course from the Teaching
Writing and Language concentration area by the end Spring Quarter.
What Previous Students Say About TAP
"TAP offered one of the most educational and professional opportunities I have had since being in graduate school. After speaking with students from other universities who have had the opportunity to teach as graduate students, I now see that the TAP program (along with the class, WRD 551, that we take simultaneously) is one of the more unique apprenticeships available to students." – MA in WRD student, AQ 2014
"The lead professor put together a virtual tome of resources, readings, and ideas for handouts to help us generate lessons for our students. The course served its purpose of scaffolding the experience of teaching at the university and making the process manageable. I leave this course with a greater sense of myself as a teacher and how I might structure future writing courses." – MA in WRD student, AQ 2014
Questions about TAP may be directed to the MA in WRD
Program Director, Professor Lisa Dush