Certificate in Teaching Children's and Young Adult Literature (Online)

Literacy, Culture, and Language Education

Certificate in Teaching Children’s and Young Adult Literature (Online)

This online graduate certificate gives you the cutting-edge expertise you need, with maximum flexibility.

Have you ever wondered:

  • Which practices foster diverse readers’ engagement with, and interpretation of literature?
  • How to select books that represent social, cultural and linguistic diversity?
  • How books can ethically address issues of justice and facilitate socially conscious learning communities? 
  • How literary experiences can close the gap between readers’ cultural backgrounds, communities and schools?

Expand your knowledge of literacy, diversity, equity, and inclusion by earning a Graduate Certificate in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. As a graduate student at IU, this 12-credit hour online program will allow you to explore multicultural and international perspectives on literature, as well as research-based practices for enhancing literacy and language-building skills among diverse learners.

  • Learn from caring professors who are world-renowned experts in children’s and YA literature, language and literacy development. 
  • Learn to identify and assess methods used in children’s/YA literature research, including critical content analysis, literary analysis, discourse analysis, and other methods.
  • Explore perspectives and pedagogical practices that foster diversity, equity and inclusion with children’s/YA literature.
  • Apply certificate courses to master’s, doctoral, or other graduate degree programs.
  • Application Deadlines
    Starting SemesterDeadline
    Fall Aug 1
    International students are encouraged to apply early to allow extra time for their materials to arrive.
  • Admissions Requirements

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Studies Office will accept unofficial transcripts and self-reported test scores for admission reviews. Any admission made with these documents would be conditioned on receipt of official documents, which should be provided as soon as possible.

    Note: If you are currently enrolled or have applied in the past year, you should qualify for an application fee waiver. Click here for criteria and how to obtain the waiver.

    1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
    2. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 out of 4.00
    3. Completed online application that includes:
      • Personal statement
      • One letter of recommendation
      • GRE scores required only if applicant does not have a degree from an accredited U.S. institution
      • Minimum 79 TOEFL score or minimum 6.5 IELTS score (international students only)

    Learn more about how to apply

  • Program Requirements
  • Tuition and Fees

    Per credit hour

    ResidencyTuitionDE FeeTotal
    IN Resident$480.93$39$519.93

    Find more information and calculate your expected costs at Student Central.

  • Who is this program intended for?
    • K-12 educators, coaches, and curriculum leaders interested in improving literacy and language education among diverse students
    • Professionals interested in applied literacy research practices and improving literacy curricula and instruction
    • Community leaders interested in developing family literacy and community-based literacy programs
    • Graduate students interested in diverse perspectives in improving instructional procedures and curricula
    • Graduate students seeking a certificate on their way to completing a graduate degree, such as programs in Literacy, Culture and Language Education
  • Careers/Applications
    • Literacy educators and instructional leaders
    • Teacher educators
    • Community-based workers focusing on literacy development
    • Librarians desiring additional literacy methods and research training
    • Those interested in careers related to literacy research or curriculum development
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Research Areas:
Critical Literacy/Biliteracy, Performative Literacies, Latinx Children's Literature, Decolonial Studies
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