Academic Writing Seminar (AWS)

Academic Writing Support (AWS)



The goal of the Academic Writing Support (AWS) is to assist students with their writing for their courses and enable them to improve their academic and professional writing skills. 



All applicants are provided an on-demand writing sample during the admissions process to the Single Subject Credential Program. Each applicant is given two opportunities to pass the writing task. Based on this process, if you were deemed to require academic writing support you were admitted on the condition that you undergo academic writing support throughout your program.


After the completion of a successful semester of course work, you may petition to be exempted from the academic writing support requirement. This petition should be made to the program coordinator. You will need the support of all current instructors to be exempted of the requirement.

You can find the Petition for Exemption at this link: Petition for Exemption of Writing Support

Requirements to Fulfill Academic Writing Support Requirement:


1) Attend at least two writing workshops offered by SJSU each semester you are enrolled in the single subject credential program. These are free workshops for SJSU students and each has a specific topic.



2) Bi-Weekly meeting with the writing tutor. In order to meet this requirement, you will be required to work with the writing tutor in the Study and Collaboration room on designated writing assignments in your credential classes. This will entail making regular appointments with the tutor well in advance of a given assignment’s due date and going to that first appointment with a best-effort draft of the assignment. You will also want to bring any rubric, assignment sheet or other descriptions of the assignment to these meetings. 

We suggest an initial meeting with each of your instructors to plan for what course work will be useful to bring to the writing tutor.


You will need to submit a log to the secondary education department before the end of each semester.

  • You can find the at this link AWS Log.
  • Failure to complete the above during each semester enrolled in the credential program, unless a successful petition to be waived from the writing support is received, may result in administrative disqualification from the program.