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At a Glance: Children's and Young Adult Literature

A graduate certificate for public librarians and library media specialists

What are kids reading today? How exactly do you stay ahead of the latest trends in children's and young adult literature? Many new authors and upcoming illustrators are emerging in this dynamic field. If you've ever wanted to learn more about literature that is suitable for kids, this is your chance. With this graduate-level certificate in Children's and Young Adult Literature, you will be able to choose materials that inspire a life-long love of reading in the children at your library.

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Program benefits

As a member of this program, you will:

  • Learn about new, exciting authors for children and young adults
  • Find ways to build reading skills and create life-long learners

Upon completion, you will have a greater depth of knowledge in literature for young adults and children. You will be able to select appropriate reading materials for your library program.

Who is this for?

This program is intended for:

  • Public library staff and administrators
  • Reading specialists
  • Classroom teachers
  • School librarians

Program format

  • Campus-based and partially online
  • 16 credits: 12 required and 4 elective
  • Distance option available
  • Start any time

Get started

Getting started in the Library Media classes at PSU is easy! There is one prerequisite course for the endorsement: LIB 428/528 Children's Literature. This course is offered multiple times during the year and can be taken any time prior to your admission. Take up to eight credits per term at PSU as a non-admitted student. In addition, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution
  • A GPA of 3.0 or higher
  1. Visit the Continuing Education website to register or to view available courses
  2. For online classes you will need a PSU online course account
  3. Register for the Library Media mailing list to get the latest information on upcoming events and courses


Elizabeth Snyder
Program Manager
1-800-547-8887 ext. 59786
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