Program Overview

Portland State University offers a Children’s and Young Adult Literature Graduate Certificate that is well suited for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge on literature for young adults and children. Students enrolled in this certificate program will gain in-depth knowledge on children’s authors, illustrators, genres, evaluation of quality literature, literature for school curricula, and much more. Graduates typically work as staff in public libraries or as teachers in the school system.

The Children’s and Young Adult Literature Graduate Certificate Program consists of 16 total credit hours. Courses within the curriculum include Young Adult Literature, Multicultural Literature, Global Literature, Contemporary Children’s and Young Adult Literature, and a Final Practicum/Project. Elective courses must also be completed in order to graduate. These courses are designed for students to acquire unique knowledge that will assist them while working with children and young adults in the educational system. The courses are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional while working literature for this age group.

All courses are available online. This online learning environment provides flexibility for enrolled students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are important for students who enroll. In order to be considered for this program, students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities


    Students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a strong academic record and a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 


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