The M.A. in Children's Literature at EMU is designed to provide a master's level competency in all major areas of children's literature, including folklore, mythology, literary theory, illustrated texts, children's culture, children's media, 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.
EMU offers several types of graduate assistantships that pay tuition, fees, and a stipend. Students may receive a teaching assistantship for which they teach two sections of first-year writing. Others may tutor in the Writing Center, and others may assist a professor in teaching a large lecture section of the Introduction to Children’s Literature or other introductory literature course. Some English graduate assistants also work with the department’s Journal of Narrative Theory, the Eastern Michigan Writing Project, Linguist List, and other projects and publications across campus.