The literature that an individual is exposed to in the early stages of their life helps mold the type of person they become. While children's stories are oftentimes fictional, stories and cultural myths contain elements of truth that shape a child's morals and values and help them become a more empathetic, thoughtful, caring person. In addition to the intangible benefits that are gained through well-written children's literature, children also gain the skills of symbolic thought and build their lexicon.
University of Findlay's Master of Arts in Education Program with an emphasis in children's literature allows you to explore the fascinating world of children's literature while earning your graduate degree.
Our courses focus on a variety of topics within the field of children's literature, with special focus on:
- Incorporating literature with the visual arts
- Locating resources to use in your classroom and beyond
- How to write for children
- Curriculum integration
- Illustrations impact on children's books
The University of Findlay campus is home to the renowned Mazza Museum
, a showcase of 14,000+ pieces of original art from children's picture books. The Mazza Museum is the largest collection of original artwork by children’s book illustrators in the world. The museum’s goal is to promote literacy and enrich the lives of all people through the art of picture books.
Many of the artists featured in the museum have won honors including the Caldecott Medal, the Newbery Medal, The Golden Kite Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal and, of course, the Mazza Medallion. Their artwork represents much diversity in art styles including realistic, impressionistic, expressionistic, cartoon, surrealistic, and folk art. A wide range of media is also represented through these artists. Media such as paints, collage, photography, paper-cut, plasticine, cross-stitching, and numerous graphics techniques, such as woodcut, linocut, etching, wood engraving, potato print, and collagraph, were all expertly used to blend with the total formats of their picture books. The Museum offers seminars and an extensive summer institute that can be taken for graduate credit.
To earn a master of arts in education in children's literature students must complete:
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