Program Overview

McDaniel's graduate Writing for Children and Young Adults Certificate (WCYA) is intended to give students a direct path to getting their works published. The degree is specifically geared towards authors of children and young adult books of all genres. This five-course, 15-credit certificate is offered exclusively online. Classes are taught by industry professionals, including authors of published children's books and editors at major publishing houses.  Some of the notable instructors of WCYA courses include Jill Santopolo, executive editor at Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers Group and noted author of the Alec Flint mystery series; Lisa Graff, author of "Umbrella Summer" and "The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower" and Krustin Becker, senior editor at Harper Collins.

Students of McDaniel's WCYA program have the chance to significantly improve their writing abilities through peer and expert critiques, as well as one on one discussions with those in the writing industry.The courses for this certificate are very flexible in order to meet the needs of a wide range of students. This program involves no course sequencing, meaning students are free to take what they want, when they want. Students may choose to take individual courses within the program or to pursue the certificate in its entirety. The courses in this program also allow students to earn graduate credit that can be transferred into McDaniel's Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) program.

In 2011, the WCYA certificate won endorsement from Maryland's Higher Education Commission. If students are serious about improving their writing and getting their works published, there is no better place to start than McDaniel's WCYA Program.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    Students must have official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.

    School Overview

    McDaniel College is a four-year private school located in Westminster, Maryland. In 1867, McDaniel College was established as Western Maryland College. Western Maryland was the first co-educational institution south of the Mason-Dixon Line and was among the first in the nationThe school was renamed McDaniel College in honor of an alumnus who gave a lifetime of service to the college in 2002.

    McDaniel College offers certificates of completion, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Undergraduate majors and graduate programs are available to students, as well as graduate online programs.


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