Penn State's 30-credit online master of education degree in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in children's literature focuses on the knowledge and skills required to develop educators who work with young readers. Each course focuses on helping you to improve your strategies for encouraging reading, while meeting your professional development requirements. The capstone experience is a research paper or project.
Course topics include:
- the art of the picturebook
- myths and folktales for children
- fantasy literature
- theories of childhood
- cultural pluralism
- writing for children
The MEd in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in children's literature is composed of 9 credits of core courses, 15 credits of special emphasis courses, 6 elective credits, and a master's paper or project approved by your adviser. At least 18 of the 30 credits must be in 500-level courses. You can choose your elective credits from a selection of Penn State online courses, or you may apply approved transfer credits toward the degree. Please contact your Curriculum and Instruction academic adviser for more information about transferring credits.
Collaborative Experience, Practical Applications
The master's degree curriculum uses a blend of Web technology, print, and other media to maximize flexibility without sacrificing professor and student interaction. Communication tools including threaded discussions, voice threads, Wiki page comment areas, and email are used to foster a collaborative environment, providing you with the opportunity to learn from one another. The curriculum and course format will help you develop practical applications of the topics you study. Learn online when it is convenient for you, and immediately apply to your job what you've learned.
Course List - Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Emphasis in Children's Literature
|Overview of Contemporary School Curriculum||C I 550||Current school programs and options and their impact on pupils; problems in introducing new content into the curriculum.||3 credits|
|Theories of Childhood
Learning Processes in Relation to Educational Practices
|C I 560
|The study of childhood from cultural, historical, psychological and philosophical perspectives.
An introduction to the empirical study of variables and conditions that influence school learning.
Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take Theories of Childhood for this core course requirement.
|Doing Research in Children's Literature||LL ED 568||This course addresses the different research approaches to children's literature—specifically, research methods and topics in a wide range of theoretical and practical fields—including psychoanalysis, literacy, genre studies, teaching in children's literature, biographical studies, and reader responses.
Note: It is recommended that LL ED 568 NOT be taken as your first core course. Students should take LL ED 568 near the end of their program, but not their last semester.
|The Art of the Picturebook||LL ED 462||Picturebooks are a peculiar form of literary and visual art. They appear to be simple to read, but are they really so simple? In this course we will read pictures. We will attempt to stretch our own repertoire of strategies for reading picturebooks, and we'll be looking at how we can assist children to find meaning in picturebooks.||3 credits|
|Fantasy Literature for Children||LL ED 465||Good fantasy literature can be critical to children's understandings of themselves and the world. This course examines work by writers of classic fantasies (H. C. Andersen, A. A. Milne, etc.) written for children, as well as the work of contemporary authors (J. K. Rowling, Philip Pullman, etc.). The course also looks at the role of the imagination in the lives of children.||3 credits|
|Studies in Literature for Children||LL ED 502||Study of various genres of children's literature, from various critical perspectives. Emphasis on role of literature in children's lives.
Note: Required course to be taken as early in your program as possible.
Studies in Literature for Children includes completion of the Scholarship and Research Integrity (SARI) activities required by the Graduate School.
|Cultural Pluralism in Children's and Adolescent Literature||LL ED 561||Study of books, authors, and issues related to cultural diversity and literature for young people.||3 credits|
|Myths and Folktales in Children's Literature||LL ED 563||An in-depth study of myths and folktales shared with children and how these stories are remade and disseminated today.||3 credits|
|Writing for Children||LL ED 564||Supervised workshop in the craft and techniques of creating picture books, short stories, longer fiction, and nonfiction literature for children.||3 credits|
Elective Courses (6 credits)
You can choose your elective credits from several different 3-credit courses available online through the World Campus, from the above list of emphasis courses, or you may transfer credits toward the degree, in consultation with your Curriculum and Instruction academic adviser.
Program Requirement Notes
18 credits of 500-level courses are required for the MEd program. A master's paper or project approved by your adviser is a program requirement. Contact your adviser early in your program to discuss this requirement.