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Graduate Certificate in Youth Services & Literature

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The 15-credit hour certificate includes online courses related to literature, programs, and services for youth (birth to age 18). The certificate program is completed entirely online and can be earned with an MLIS degree, a related master’s degree, or as post-master’s certificate for those holding an MLIS or master’s degree in a related field. No GRE or other test score is required.  It offers the exciting opportunity to experience electives outside of the LIS field.

Dr. Stacy Creel

Program Mission: To prepare students for educational or library careers related to children and young adult literature, programs and services.

Required courses:

  • LIS 517 – Literature and Related Media for Children OR
    • LIS 518 – Literature and Related Media for Young Adults
  • LIS 519 – Programs and Services for Youth


Electives (choose three; one must be 600-level or higher):

  • LIS 528 - Storytelling
  • LIS 545 - Information Needs of Underserved Populations
  • LIS 589 - Library School Practicum
  • LIS 590 - Library Instruction
  • LIS 607 - School Library and the Curriculum
  • LIS 629 - Studies in Children’s Literature
  • LIS 634 - History of Children’s Literature
  • LIS 641 - Public Libraries
  • LIS 670 - Topics in Services to Library Clientele (youth-related topic)
  • LIS 689 - Library Practicum (must have youth emphasis)
  • LIS 692 - Special Problems (must have youth emphasis)
  • FAM 650 - Family Life Cycle Development
  • FAM 652 – Advanced Child Development
  • CIE 768 – Children’s Literature for the Early Years


Certificate Assessment: After successfully completing the required coursework, students are required to complete an e-portfolio that includes assignment examples, reflection, and course descriptions.

For more information, please contact Dr.%20Stacy%20Creel.

*12 hours of electives can count for both a certificate and MLIS.

Youth Service Certificate Plan of Study: gradcertificate_youthservices.xls