Jun 18, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Writing for Children and Young Adults (WCYA) Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


Contact: Dr. Ramona A. Kerby

The Online Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults is designed to create publishable writers in the children’s and young adult market. The certificate program offers a comprehensive approach to writing and incorporates an analysis of works by current and successful writers, informed practice in the mechanics of writing fiction and nonfiction, and opportunities to create manuscripts. Candidates actively participate in a collaborative and supportive learning environment where they implement a variety of successful writing strategies, including the art of using feedback, reflection, and revision and where they create a strong professional network to help them meet their publishing objectives.

Taught in 8-week sessions, each course is taught by respected editors and writers. Upon successful completion of the 5 courses, candidates receive the Certificate in Writing for Children and Young Adults. These courses will count toward a Master of Liberal Arts degree.

Admissions Requirements

Candidates must submit:

  • application for graduate study with non-refundable fee
  • official transcript conferring bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution

Total Credit Hours: 15

State Authorization

McDaniel is an approved institutional member of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses/programs offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. For more information about SARA, including the states currently participating in the agreement, visit http://www.nc.sara.org.

SARA membership allows McDaniel to accept and deliver our programs/courses online to students in 49 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Students who reside in California, currently the only state not a member of SARA, should contact the admissions office prior to application to verify if you are eligible to participate in the online program of interest.

For more information about state authorization requirements and complaint resolution, visit https://www.mcdaniel.edu/academics/graduate-professional-studies/state-authorization-requirements-complaints-resolution