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Advanced Certificate in Children’s/Adolescent Literature

The Department of English and Comparative Literature offers an Advanced Certificate in Children’s/Adolescent Literature for those who may already have M.A. or Ph.D.s in other fields, those who wish to undertake a shorter schedule of study than required for the M.A., those wishing to update their knowledge (parents, teachers, librarians), and post baccalaureate students interested in children’s and adolescent books. Teachers and other professionals may use the certificate for advancement in employment; other students may find it to be an excellent professional entree or upgrade in publishing, editing, writing, or selling children’s books.

The program requires a 3.0 grade point average of matriculated students. Non-matriculated students’ applications will be reviewed for relevant and sufficient preparation.

Program Requirements

Students in the certificate program will take twelve units of graduate-level courses. Applicable courses include:

  • ENGL 604D Seminar: Literary Period or Movement- Children's Literature (3 units)
  • ENGL 606D Seminar: A Literary Type- Children's Literature (3 units)
  • ENGL 700 Seminar: A Major Author or Authors (3 units)
  • ENGL 727 Seminar: Issues in Children’s Literature (3 units)
  • Three  to six  of the twelve units selected from:
    • ENGL 501 Literature for Children (3 units)
    • ENGL 502 Adolescence in Literature (3 units)
    • ENGL 503 Topics in Children’s Literature (3 units)

Units taken to complete the advanced certificate may be applied to an M.A. degree in English or Comparative Literature with approval of the graduate adviser.

It should be understood that graduate courses in Children's Literature in SDSU's Department of English and Comparative Literature are not classes in writing for children (creative writing), nor are they classes in educational methodology (how to use books with children in school classrooms). Instead, they are advanced courses in literary study where Children's Literature is examined.

How to Enroll

Individuals interested in enrolling and applying for the Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature should first contact the Director of the Children's Literature Program at [email protected]



The Certificate Director is Professor Joseph Thomas.  To make an advising appointment, please contact [email protected].

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