About this Program

The master's in children’s literature 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.


For specific information, visit the Master's in Children's Literature Catalog page.

Graduate Program

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Amanda Allen, Program Coordinator
603G Pray-Harrold

Meet Our Faculty

  • Children's Literature Course Offerings

    View Children's Literature course offerings for upcoming terms by visiting the course schedule page.


    Courses include the following:

    CHL 516: Introduction to Graduate Studies in Children's Literature (3 hrs) 

    CHL 517: Children's Literature for Teachers (3 hrs) 

    CHL 518: History of Children's Literature (3 hrs)
    CHL 581: Critical Approaches to Mythology (3 hrs)
    CHL 582: Folktales, Legends and Ballads (3 hrs)
    CHL 583: Illustrated Texts (3 hrs) 

    CHL 584: Literature for Adolescents (3 hrs) 

    CHL 585: Children's Literature: Criticism and Theory (3 hrs)
    CHL 586: Multicultural Children's Literature (3 hrs) 

    CHL 587: Children's Media Studies (3 hrs) 

    CHL 588: Topics in Children's Literature (3 hrs)

  •  Study Abroad Opportunities

    During the Winter intersession (April 27-May 3, 2020), interested students can travel to Oxford and London, England, as part of the Harry Potter Experience study abroad class!

    While there, students will have the opportunity to

    • enjoy a guided tour of Harry Potter film sites
    • visit Christ Church College to see the model for Hogwarts
    • explore the Warner Bros. studio tour
    • discover iconic sites such as the British Library, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, and many more!
  •  Jobs We Get

    A degree in children's literature allows graduates to pursue a wide variety of careers, including:

    • Library technician, librarian
    • Publisher, author, editor, bookseller
    • Elementary teacher, high school teacher, university professor
    • Communications director, project manager
    • Children's media, children's television, children's marketing, children's licensing
  • Graduate Placement Record

    Many of our alumni have continued their studies at the graduate level, including placements at:

    • Ph.D., Ohio State University
    • Ph.D., University of Florida
    • Ph.D., Michigan State University
    • MLIS, University of Michigan

    Please note that Ph.D.s and some careers may require graduate degrees.

Additional Information

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Alumni Stories

Our alumni have become editors, content specialists, librarians and library clerks, teachers (primary and secondary), and authors.

Graduate Assistantships

Children's literature graduate students often fund their education through graduate assistantships.