This four-course certificate (12 s.h. total) is designed to increase students' knowledge of children's and young adult literature while helping them achieve certain career goals.
For students who intend to pursue doctoral work, concentrated study in children's and young adult literature will help to prepare them to specialize in these fields at the doctoral level.
For those who teach at the elementary, middle school, and high school levels, such study will enhance their teaching careers by increasing their knowledge of literature for young people and helping satisfy certain professional development requirements of local school districts.
For prospective or practicing librarians, the certificate will provide further expertise in establishing and maintaining library collections for young readers. Depending upon course rotation, students may finish the certificate within one year.
To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate in Literature for Children and Young Adults, students need not have an undergraduate degree in English, but they must have a B.A. or B.S. degree and meet the requirements for admission to the School of Graduate Studies and Research at YSU. Certificate courses must be completed with a GPA of at least 3.0.
Required Courses (9 s.h.)
Choose one (3 s.h.)*
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS: 12
* Topic must relate to children's or young adult literature, or permission of the certificate director must be granted. Or, students may elect to take one course in a related discipline (e.g. Psychology, History, Education, Art) when content is appropriate, with permission of the certificate director.
** 6918 or 6919 may be repeated with a different topic.