The graduate academic certificate in children’s and young adult community services provides students with core knowledge in services, programs, literature and information organization for children and teens. Graduates will develop skills to effectively organize and deliver programs and services for children and teens in culturally diverse communities. This GAC responds to the ongoing need for library professionals with cutting-edge knowledge and skills to work with contemporaty children and teens, as cited in American Library Association research.
Note: This GAC is not the same as school librarianship. Teachers seeking state certification for school librarianship must apply to the school library certification program.
Graduate academic certificates
The department offers graduate academic certificates in multiple areas of professional knowledge and skills.
The graduate academic certificate program is intended for two audiences:
master’s degree library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in specific areas in libraries or other settings and receive a graduate academic certificate; and
bachelor’s or master’s degreed individuals who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of specific areas in libraries or other settings by taking master’s-level courses and receiving a graduate academic certificate.
Admission information: Prospective students must be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School, which requires a graduate school application and official transcripts from prior colleges or universities. Students who are awarded graduate academic certificates and later apply for admission to the master’s program will be required to submit additional materials (see Master of Science program).
Program requirements: Graduate academic certificates consist of three or four courses. They can be pursued independently or concurrently with the master’s degree.