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The Graduate Certificate in Children's Literature
The Department of English and Comparative Literature offers an Advanced Certificate in Children’s/Adolescent Literature for those who may already have advanced degrees in other fields, for those who wish to undertake a shorter schedule of study than required for the M.A., for those wishing to update their knowledge (parents, teachers, librarians), and for postbaccalaureate students interested in children’s and adolescent books. Teachers and other professionals will use the certificate for advancement in employment; other students will find it to be an excellent professional entree or upgrade in publishing, editing, writing, or selling children’s books.
A 3.0 grade point average is required of matriculated students. Non-matriculated students’ applications will be reviewed for relevant and sufficient preparation.
The advanced certificate requires 12 units selected from English:
604D, 606D, 627, 700, 727, and three to six units of the 12 units selected from English 501, 502, 503.
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. Contact the director of the children’s literature program for additional information.
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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.
With more than 1,100 enrollments a year, employing leading scholars in the field, home to the National Center for the Study of Children's Literature, and with a dozen faculty teaching in this literary specialization, SDSU has the largest program in Children's Literature in North America. With annual events like the Edward Gorey and Pippi Longstocking Festivals, with guest lectures by the likes of Gary Soto and Russell Hoban, and as a place where scholars from abroad come to study, SDSU is an exciting center for work in Children's and Adolescent Literature.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries can also be made by mail:
Children's Literature Program
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