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Children's and Young Adult Literature Graduate Certificate

Please note: The Children's and Young Adult Literature program is undergoing renovation. Please contact Elizabeth Snyder at with questions.


The Graduate Certificate in Children's and Young Adult Literature provides a wide range of courses and experiences for anyone who wants to broaden their understanding of literature for children and young adults. The main focus is the study of literature for use by educators,  librarians or anyone who works with children at the early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school levels.

This program is valuable for staff in public libraries, especially those working in children and young adult's services. Educators and teachers will also find the program useful as professional development. Persons who complete this program will demonstrate an increased knowledge of a range of children's authors, illustrators and genres; will demonstrate the ability to select and evaluate quality literature for children and youth; and will demonstrate skills for the integration of literature into K-12 school curricula and programs. PSU is the first institution of its kind to offer such a program.

Courses completed for this Graduate Certificate may be applied toward graduate degrees at PSU provided they meet the appropriate standards for use in the degree, including acceptable grades, and completion within seven years of the master's degree award.

Electives are not offered every year. Click here to see Graduate Certificate courses.

General Information

Highlights of the program

  • Practical experience
  • Experienced instructors
  • Collegial environment

Length of Program
Intended time to complete: 12 terms

Jobs related to this program
Education Teachers, Postsecondary: 25-1081
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary: 25-1123
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education: 25-2022
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education: 25-2031


Click here for information on available scholarships, financial aid, and estimated program costs.