The Children's Literature program is a strong component of the English Studies Department at Illinois State University. We have been offering courses for over seventy years and are more established in Children's Literature than any other university's English Department in the U.S. In any given semester we offer fifteen to twenty sections of Children's Literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Children's Literature program has long embraced both literary and educational approaches to Children's Literature. The program is cutting edge in its advocacy of using books written for children to foster the analytical study of children's texts. Moreover, our Children's Literature faculty employ a variety of theoretical models in their ongoing scholarship of the textual study of children's books.
To view course descriptions for any undergraduate Children's Literature course, please check the Undergraduate Catalog.
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Illinois State University has a well-established graduate program in Children's Literature. Students in the Master's in English program may enroll in a Children's Literature emphasis, and students in the Ph.D. in English Studies may also choose Children's Literature as a specialization.
The following courses are available at the graduate level:
Degree requirements for the Master's in English (emphasis in Children's Literature):
For more information, visit the Master's in English page.
Degree requirements for the Ph.D. in English Studies (emphasis in Children's Literature):
1. At least 13 courses and a teaching internship distributed as follows:
2. Written comprehensive exams in three areas: English Studies; research specialization; pedagogy and professional studies.
3. A dissertation of original scholarship in Children's and/or Adolescent Literature that explores some pedagogical aspect relevant to the field.
For more information, visit the Ph.D. in English Studies page.
To view course descriptions for any graduate Children's Literature course, please check the Graduate Catalog.