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Graduate Certificate in
Children's Literature

Program Summary

Explore classic works of children’s literature and the best works by modern-day authors as you learn about imagination and its role in the lives of children. Offered through Penn State’s College of Education, this program is Act 48–approved and may count toward professional development hours.
How To Apply
Apply by April 1 to start May 15

How To Apply 

Costs and Financial Aid

15 Credits $1,007 per credit

Costs and Financial Aid 

Children's Literature is Key to Their Success

K–12 teaching professionals, librarians, children's writers, and illustrators all have a vested interest in the study of children's literature. Teachers and librarians are looking to increase their abilities to engage children in reading, and aspiring children’s writers and illustrators want to hone their craft.

To help professionals lead with confidence in children’s literature, Penn State World Campus and Penn State’s College of Education have partnered to offer an online Graduate Certificate in Children’s Literature.

Study Children's Literature at Penn State

Penn State’s online Graduate Certificate in Children’s Literature program explores the classic works of children’s literature, presents the best works by modern-day authors, and encourages professionals to learn about the use of picturebooks, folklore, and myths while requiring no residencies or visits to campus to complete the program. You can learn about imagination and its role in the lives of children, and you will interpret picturebooks as an active, creative process that is socially, culturally, and historically situated. We will also discuss the diverse and popular Harry Potter series, along with other children’s literature topics.

Penn State's College of Education is regularly ranked among the nation’s best graduate schools, according to U.S. News & World Report, and this online graduate program is taught by the same nationally recognized faculty.

Choose the Online Children's Literature Graduate Program That Is Right for You

In addition to our graduate certificate, we also offer a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. If you are a teacher or librarian who wants to improve your strategies for encouraging students to master their reading skills, this program is for you. 

And with proper advanced planning, the credits you earn in the certificate program may count for up to half the required credits in our online master's degree in curriculum and instruction.

Let your passion for children’s literature become the focus of your professional development plan.

Act 48–Approved

Penn State is an Act 48–approved provider for Pennsylvania educators, so the courses for the graduate certificate in children's literature may count toward professional development hours.

Who Should Apply?

Whether you are, or aspire to become, a teacher, librarian, children’s writer, or illustrator, Penn State's online program in children's literature can give you the skills to transform the lives of your readers and advance your career goals.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Your graduate studies in children's literature can lead to an exciting career in various fields, including education, the arts, and publishing. Possible careers for you may include but are not limited to:

  • teacher
  • school administrator
  • professor
  • writer
  • illustrator
  • publisher

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than two decades of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.

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