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Children's Literature

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Elisa Shaw Hopkins
144 Chambers Building
Telephone: 814-863-4504 

The goal of the program is to provide students with an in-depth background in the theories and genres of literature for children and youth while also considering pedagogical (broadly construed) and cultural implications. Students are required to take LL ED 502, Studies in Literature for Children, as a foundation to the various orientations to the study of children's literature. Students may choose a minimum of four additional courses in areas such as picture books, nonfiction literature, fantasy literature, myth and folklore, cultural and social issues, writing for children, theories of childhood, and research approaches for a total of 15 credits. The program does not lead to any initial teacher certification, but may assist students with recertification. Students should check with their specific state departments of education for regulations regarding recertification.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. 


LLED 502(3) and CI 560; LLED 462(3); LLED 464(3); LLED 465(3); LLED 520(3); LLED 561(3); LLED 563(3); LLED 564(3); LLED 568(3)


Effective: Summer 2017
Expiration: Summer 2022



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