Texas Tech University

Teaching Technical Communication Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Technical Communication helps students seeking to build their credentials as teachers of technical communication. In particular, it is designed to serve students wishing to retool their English degrees to develop teaching expertise in technical communication and to support international institutions needing to provide faculty and students with instruction in how to teach technical communication. The certificate requires a minimum of 15 hours of either online or onsite courses, including two courses in the theoretical foundations of technical communication and rhetoric and a third course on teaching technical and professional communication. Students choose two elective courses in the Technical Communication and Rhetoric program to complete the certificate—one from the advanced theory courses and the other from advanced practice courses.

Program Overview

Definition of Distance Learning and Program Goals
In distance learning graduate courses, students "meet" synchronously and asynchronously online, rather than in classrooms at the university. Graduate distance learning courses are taught as organized courses on the semester schedule. Students are expected to meet course deadlines assigned by the instructor and to participate in synchronous class discussions on one designated weekday during the semester. A graduate level course requires a commitment of approximately ten hours per week for participating in group online activities, for reading, and for working on course projects.

Building from the Certificate to the MA in Technical Communication
All of the courses in the certificate also apply to the MA in Technical Communication, so students wishing to develop their credentials even further can apply to continue their studies and enter the MATC program. Texas Tech is proud to offer its MA in Technical Communication both onsite and online. The degree is identical to the one we offer on- site.

Strengths of Our Program
Texas Tech’s Technical Communication and Rhetoric program offers

  • A well-established degree program and faculty in technical communication
  • A classification as the representative M.A. program nationwide in Education in Scientific and Technical Communication: Academic Programs That Work, ed. Michael L. Keene (Society for Technical Communication, 1997). Chapter 3.
  • National leadership in computers and writing pedagogy
  • A record of student achievement and job placement
  • A program "culture" that emphasizes personal attention
  • An award-winning chapter of the Society for Technical Communication

For more information about the certificate in teaching technical communication, you may contact the following:

Program Website

Application Process

Applying for the Certificate in Teaching Technical Communication has two steps.

Step 1

Complete the submission process at the Texas Tech University Graduate School website

A nonrefundable graduate application fee is required.

Step 2

Submit the following materials by email to the CTTC coordinator, Kristen R. Moore

  • Completed Graduate Application for Admission form
  • Current resume/vitae
  • A 500-700 word essay indicating the following:
    • Your interest in teaching technical communication
    • Any previous experience with teaching technical communication
    • The areas of technical communication which interest you
    • How you anticipate that a certificate in teaching technical communication will further your career
    • If applicable - If you are currently enrolled in a graduate degree program, how completing the courses in the graduate certificate teaching technical communication complements your degree plan.
  • Three letters of reference
  • Distance Learning Agreement (if you're applying to an online program)

Graduate School Details

To apply for admission to the Graduate School, request a "Graduate Application for Admission" to the Graduate School from:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Texas Tech University
P.O. Box 41030
Lubbock, TX 79409-1030

Submit the completed form and official transcripts of all previous college work to the Graduate School. You may also apply online (select the "Admissions" link and choose the appropriate application form).

Deadlines for Application

Applications for the CTTC Certificate are accepted any time throughout the school year, including summer.

Distance Learning Agreement (all online applicants)

All online program applicants need to sign and return our Distance Learning Agreement, which indicates that you understand our requirements for technology, time, and honor.

General Note About Application Review

All applicant packages are evaluated holistically, which is to say that every piece of the application package contributes to the applicant's overall desirability. Specifically, we are looking for no specific test scores, GPA's, or resume experiences, but are instead looking for applications that contain synergistic arguments for the applicant's good fit with the program and its objectives.

Financial Aid

Students in the CTTC are not directly eligible for financial aid, and typically students who are not taking at least two courses per semester are not eligible for aid. However, two potential avenues may prove useful:

  • Graduate certificate students may also apply to the TTU Graduate School to be admitted to the Master of Interdisciplinary Studies program. Students enrolled in this program are eligible for federal financial aid. They may choose to end their studies after completing the CTTC requirements, without completing the entire master’s degree.
  • Part-time students in the CTTC program may be eligible for scholarship funding through the Helen Devitt Jones Foundation. Contact the TTU Graduate School for further information about these opportunities.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the Certificate in Teaching Technical Communication take a minimum of 15 credit hours of courses (5 courses). Of those, nine hours are taken in three required (core) courses and six hours are electives chosen from advanced theory and practice courses. All courses are offered both onsite and online.

Core Courses (3 courses/9 hours)
Number Title Frequency of Offering Prerequisite Distance Offering
ENGL 5371 Foundations of Technical Communication Fall


ENGL 5366 Teaching Technical Professional Writing Spring None Yes
ENGL 5361 Introduction to Rhetorical Theory Annually None Yes
ENGL 5364 History of Rhetoric Annually None Yes

Elective (Choose one from each category: 2 courses/6 hours)
Advanced theory courses
Number Title Frequency of Offering Prerequisite Distance Offering
ENGL 5365 Studies in Composition At least one course per semester None Yes
ENGL 5368 Studies in Written Argumentation None Yes
ENGL 5369 Discourse and Technology None Yes
ENGL 5377 Theoretical Approaches to Technical Communication None Yes
ENGL 5382 Theory and Research in the Written Discourses of Health and Medicine None Yes
ENGL 5384 Rhetoric of Scientific Literature None Yes
ENGL 5385 Ethics in Technical Communication None Yes
ENGL 5386 Written Discourse and Social Issues None Yes
ENGL 5381 Global Technical Communication None Yes

Advanced practice courses
Number Title Frequency of Offering Prerequisite Distance Offering
ENGL 5372 Technical Reports At least one course per semester None Yes
ENGL 5373 Technical Manuals None Yes
ENGL 5374 Technical Editing None Yes
ENGL 5375 Document Design None Yes
ENGL 5376 Online Publishing None Yes
ENGL 5378 Graduate Internship in Technical Communication None Yes
ENGL 5383 Grants and Proposals None Yes
ENGL 5387 Publications Management None Yes
ENGL 5388 Usability Testing None Yes

While every effort has been made to ensure accuracy in reporting courses, policies and other statements, the University reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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