Certificate in Literature for Children and Young Adults

Department of Languages

Dr. Lucas Hardy, Graduate Director
240 DeBartolo Hall

Certificate Description

This four-course certificate (12 semester hours 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.

Admission Requirements

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 College of Graduate Studies at YSU. Certificate courses must be completed with a GPA of at least 3.0.

Certificate Requirements

ENGL 6918Studies in Children's Literature3
ENGL 6919Studies in Young Adult Literature3
ENGL 6927Historical Survey of Literature for Young People3
Complete one course from the following, if the topic relates to children's or young adult literature, with premission of the certificate director:3
Teaching of Literature
Studies in Children's Literature (may be repeated with a different topic)
Studies in Young Adult Literature (may be repeated with a different topic)
English Education Seminar
Studies in English Education
Special Topics
Writing the Youth Novel
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.
Total Semester Hours12

Learning outcomes

The certificate program offers a master's-level education in literature for children and young adults to help you achieve your professional goals in education or library science, or your plans to pursue doctoral study.