Certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Literature

This 16-credit certificate program is designed to provide Pre-K–12 teachers a pathway to continuing professional education specifically related to deepening their knowledge of children’s, adolescent, and young adult literature and its use as a fundamental component of classroom instruction. The program is designed to guide teachers’ development in the following types of expertise:

  • Knowledge of, and ability to evaluate, the quality of children’s and YA literature (new and classic).
  • Knowledge of multimedia/multimodal forms of literature.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to use, traditional and new (e.g., social media) resources to discover and stay up-to-date with the ever-growing corpus of children’s and YA literature.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to use, research-based strategies for guiding students’ comprehension and response to high-quality literature, with particular emphasis on using authentic, complex, and interesting texts to support students’ achievement of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
  • Knowledge of theory and research related to effective use of high-quality literature in and out of school.
  • Awareness of productive strategies and approaches for bringing issues of diversity into focus using children’s and YA literature.

Threaded throughout the course of study is a commitment to supporting the development of highly effective teaching by emphasizing theory-to-practice pedagogy and active and engaged learning experiences.

Program Requirements

(16 credits)

  • SED LS 627 Introduction to Critical Analysis of Children’s and Young Adult Literature
  • SED LS 628 Exploring Picture Books for All Readers
  • SED LS 629 Looking at Adolescent and Young Adult (YA) Literature through Multiple Lenses: Literature, Schooling, and Society
  • SED LS 670 Knowing and Using Multicultural Literature in Pre-K–12 Classrooms