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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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Children’s Literature [M.A.]

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The Master of Arts in Children’s Literature (CHL), a fully online program, is designed to provide master’s level competency in all major areas of children’s literature, including folklore, mythology, literary theory, illustrated texts, and multicultural children’s literature.

The degree is an appropriate choice for candidates who anticipate teaching in the elementary, middle, or junior high school levels, as well as special education teachers, reading specialists, librarians, authors, and editors of children’s books. It also provides preparation for college teachers of children’s literature and for those who anticipate undertaking doctoral studies. Students can choose to take CHL courses for all 30 credits or can include electives from such programs as creative writing, literature, technical and professional writing, English education, theatre and drama for the young, women’s studies, or reading.


This program is available online. International applicants should check with International Admissions or program advisor before applying.

Program Admission

Graduate School Application

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Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • A personal statement (we recommend that these statements be 1 to 2 pages in length)
  • An academic writing sample (preferably something related to children’s literature)
  • Two letters of recommendation

Department Information

English Language & Literature | Joseph Csicsila, Ph.D., Department Head | 612 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4220,

Eric Acton, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator | 612S Pray-Harrold, 734.487.7952,

Advisor Information

Annette Wannamaker, PhD, Program Coordinator, 603E Pray-Harrold,

Degree Requirements: 30 hours

Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours from the following

Elective Courses: 0-9 hours

Select additional children’s literature courses from the above list or appropriate courses in literature, writing, linguistics, or other programs. Independent study and thesis hours also count as elective courses.

Cognate Courses: 0-6 hours

Select in consultation with the program coordinator.

Capstone Requirement

In addition to required coursework, the candidate must either complete the written M.A. examination in Children’s Literature or submit a thesis in order to complete the degree. The written examination is taken during the semester before graduation and draws from a candidate’s coursework, covering a broad spectrum of periods, genres, and critical theories. The thesis is written during a candidate’s final year in the program and fulfills three hours of elective credits, as well as serving as a culminating option for the degree.

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