Eastern Michigan University Children’s Literature Program moves Master of Arts in Children’s Literature degree fully online

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YPSILANTI — The Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program at Eastern Michigan University has moved fully online to offer broader, more flexible access.

The online degree is designed to provide students with an advanced course of study in the academic discourse of children’s and young adult literature, while simultaneously accommodating students’ needs for flexible, accessible online learning environments. 

“Founded in early 1977, EMU’s MA in Children’s Literature was the first such graduate program in the nation—and it continues to run at the forefront of the field,” said Annette Wannamaker, coordinator of the program and EMU professor. “Moving the MA in Children’s Literature program online brings that history and tradition into our new era, allowing students from across the nation and the globe to come together in studying children’s and young adult literature.”

The online MA in Children’s Literature offers cutting-edge courses in such diverse areas as children’s media and culture, multicultural children’s literature, global children’s literature, queer children’s literature, adolescent literature, illustrated texts, comics, the history of children’s literature, mythology, folklore, and various special topics.

“There are many opportunities for students who pursue this degree, and we’re excited to be able to share those opportunities with an even broader audience now that we’re fully online,” continued Wannamaker.  “Our program alumni have gone on to build successful careers in the publishing industry, as professors and librarians, and even as children's book authors.”

Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to work closely with nationally recognized scholars in a supportive and collaborative community of children’s and YA literature enthusiasts working toward careers in the publishing industry, librarianship, and primary or secondary education.

For more information, visit the program’s website, or contact Annette Wannamaker, at awannamak@emich.edu.

Come explore children’s and young adult literature, online, with us!

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 16,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 21, 2021

Written by:
Morgan Mark

Morgan Mark