Becoming a Writing Lab Consultant

Undergraduates who join the Writing Lab staff are recruited from all disciplines and must be recommended by a faculty member. Consultants must have a minimum 3.5 GPA at the time of recruitment, a grade of A in Freshman Composition, successfully complete an interview, and submit a writing sample. After acceptance to the program, new staff members must begin the certification program by enrolling in Education 301/501 XL, Writing Center Theory and Practice.

Steps Toward Becoming a Writing Lab Consultant

  1. Teaching faculty or staff refer students they believe would be good consultants. Coordinators of other TLC programs and current TLC consultants may also recommend students.
  2. The Writing Lab Coordinator screens all the referred students to be sure the prospect meets minimal GPA and writing requirements.
  3. The Writing Lab Coordinator invites eligible students to interview.
  4. The recruiter interviews each student, and if all looks well, gives the prospect application materials. 
  5. The recruiter reviews the completed applications and gives qualified candidates permission to register for EDUC 301/501 XL.
  6. The tutoring candidate registers and is welcomed into the practicum class.

Writing Lab Certificate Program

Requirements for Proficiency Certificate

  • Successful completion of Education 301/501 XL, Writing Center Theory and Practice (45 classroom hours)
  • Completion of 30 hours of participation in writing center activities and consultations, which must include 12 hours as teaching assistant for English 157/257/357 - Independent Writing
  • Complete an article on theory or practice for the Practicum Publication.

Requirements for Master Consultant Certificate

  • Hold Proficiency Certificate
  • Maintain at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Complete a minimum of 100 one-on-one sessions with learners
  • Maintain high evaluations from the Writing Lab Intern 
  • Publish a handout for Writing Lab Resources