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Teaching teachers to teach better

Certificate in Teaching College English

Teaching College English in the Schools

Created in consultation with St. Paul Public Schools, the UST credentialing program meets the Higher Learning Commission's requirements for teaching college English in Minnesota high schools. According to the new HLC requirements, teachers who deliver these courses must have 18 credit hours of graduate coursework in English. We have designed this program to meet the needs of teachers by emphasizing multicultural literatures and English pedagogy. We also offer a variety of extracurricular activities designed to promote collaboration and exchange between teachers enrolled in the program.

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Life as a Student

For individuals with an undergraduate degree in education and your teaching license, this is the next step. Take advantage of our flexible schedule and sign up for classes that will help you get better at something you're already good at.


Our faculty members are accomplished scholars who produce cutting-edge research; they also take pride in being master teachers and mentors. Courses and seminars are capped at 14 and 12 students, respectively, allowing for lively classroom engagement and personalized attention. The flexibility of our evening course schedule allows students to engage in a rigorous academic program while pursuing other career and personal goals.

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Dr. Fernando Sánchez

As Assistant Professor of English in Professional Writing Dr. Sánchez studies issues connected to placemaking. This ranges from looking at how maps are rhetorically constructed to examining the technologies that geographers and urban designers use. He is also interested in issues of diversity and difference. Fernando has taught courses in freshman composition, professional writing research, visual rhetoric, grant writing, healthcare communication, and business and technical writing.

Dr. Fernando Sánchez
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Dr. Alexis Easley

As a researcher, teacher, and editor, Dr. Easley is interested in everything Victorian. She has published two award-winning essay collections, The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century Periodicals and Newspapers (2016) and Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies (2017), both co-edited with Andrew King and John Morton. She has also published two monographs, Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850–1914 (U Delaware P, 2011) and First-Person Anonymous: Women Writers and Victorian Print Media, 1830-70 (Ashgate-Routledge, 2004) and is currently working on an edited collection, Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s–1900s, with Beth Rodgers and Clare Gill (Edinburgh UP, 2019).

Dr. Alexis Easley
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Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury

Dr. Chowdhury's interests lie in the ways culture, politics, ethics, and aesthetics intersect, so in all his classes students analyze texts as part of complex social formations and in specific historical contexts. Kanishka has taught courses in cultural studies, immigrant literatures, global film, transnational literatures, and writing and resistance. He's also written on many of these topics, as well as on contemporary postcolonial cultures and their connections to emerging forms of citizenship and neoliberal economic changes. His latest book, Human Rights Discourse in the Post-9/11 Age examines some of the contradictions that emerge in contemporary rights language when material relations are not sufficiently perceived or acknowledged, while directing attention to the role of some rights talk in maintaining and managing the accelerated global project of capital accumulation.

Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury