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Children's Literature Courses as Stand-Alone Courses in Education, Library Science, or English
Children’s literature course for elementary education majors, taught in a College of Education
Children's literature course for elementary education majors, taught in the English Department
Children’s literature course in the M.Ed. in Language and Literacy degree program in the College of Education. Because Library Science and English Departments also teach courses in children’s and young adult literature, this course focuses on how children’s and young adult literature can be used in the reading program.
Children’s literature courses taught in graduate program in library science.
Children’s literature course for certification of Birth-Gr. 6 literacy specialists, taught in the School of Education as a required course.
Graduate course in children’s literature in College of Education
Specialized Graduate Courses
Children’s literature courses around a specific focus within children’s literature.
Informational or nonfiction children’s literature.
Poetry children’s literature course
Culturally diverse children’s literature.
Global Children’s Literature
Culturally Diverse Children's Literature
Children's Literature Courses as Undergraduate General Education Requirements
One option to retain children’s literature as a separate course for teacher education programs and preservice teacher preparation at the undergraduate level is to offer it to all university/college students as a course that meets general education requirements. These courses are also often required pre-education courses for education majors. If a program wants to offer a stand-alone children’s literature course for their undergraduate education majors, situating the course as a general education requirement may be one solution if the course can no longer be offered within teacher education due to budget or credit hour limit.
Case 1: An undergraduate course in international children’s literature is a required course for all undergraduate Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education majors as well as a popular elective course for many other majors to meet the “international requirement” in the general education program. It is also an elective honors course for the Honors College.
Case 2: Undergraduate course in children’s literature that satisfies a general education requirement in Art and Humanities as well as Literature. Can be taken by any student as a general education course or as a pre-education course for education majors.
Children's Literature Content as Integrated into Teacher Education Methods Courses
Integration into Literacy or Reading Methods Courses
Integration as a Content Area Course