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School of Library and Information Science

Graduate Certificate in Youth Services & Literature

The 15-credit hour certificate includes online courses related to literature, programs, and services for youth (birth to age 18). The Certificate can be earned with an MLIS degree, a related master’s degree or as post-master's certificate for those holding an MLS or master’s degree in a related field.  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
  • LIS 518 – Literature and Related Media for Young Adults
  • LIS 519 – Programs and Services for Youth


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

  • LIS 528 – Storytelling
  • LIS 590 – Library Instruction
  • LIS 629 – Studies in Children’s Literature
  • LIS 634 – History of Children’s Literature
  • LIS 670 – Topics in Services to Library Clientele (youth-related topic)
  • 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