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Graduate Certificate in
Children's Literature


Penn State's College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation's best graduate schools by U.S. News & World Report, and the Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature courses are taught by the same nationally recognized faculty.

  • Gail Boldt
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, University of Hawaii
    • Degree
      M.Ed., Clinical Mental Health, Penn State
    • Degree
      California Clear Teaching Certificate, Mills College
    • Degree
      MTS, Religion and Society, Harvard University
    • Degree
      B.A., Psychology, Trinity College

    Dr. Gail Boldt has taught Teaching Reading in Elementary Classrooms, Teaching Writing in Elementary Classrooms, Theories of Childhood, Theories of Identity, and Foucault and Education. Her research interests include psychoanalytic analyses of child development, parenting, teaching and learning; literacies in elementary and early childhood education; identity (including gender, sexuality, and race) and schooling; childhood studies; cultural studies; and disability studies.

  • Elisa Hopkins
    • Degree
      Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction, Penn State
    • Degree
      M.A., English, Florida State University
    • Degree
      B.A., English, College of William and Mary

    Dr. Elisa Hopkins is an associate teaching professor of education specializing in literature for children and adolescents. She is lead faculty for the Penn State World Campus children's literature program. Her research interests include multicultural poetry, the development of critical consciousness, fairy-tale studies, and nonfiction literature for children and adolescents.

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