Writing for Children & Young Adults Certificate

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The McDaniel College Writing for Children & Young Adults (WCYA) Certificate Program is designed for working professionals who want a straight path to publishing in the field. The graduate online courses are taught by experts in the field, including editors at major publishing houses and published children and young adult authors.

This five-course (15 credit) graduate certificate program is offered exclusively online to accommodate your busy schedule.

Writing for Children & Young Adults Certificate Course Catalog »

Key Features of the WCYA program include:

• Take the next step toward publishing your works.

• Learn from and network with industry professionals and award-winning authors.

• Receive peer and expert critiques.

• Hone your writing and editing skills.

• Fit courses into your busy schedule with flexible online course delivery.

• Pursue just one course or take the whole program for a graduate certificate.

• No course sequencing—Take what you want when you want.


Why McDaniel

• Your work will be reviewed and critiqued by experts in the field. 

• The program is 100% online.

• The program equips new and aspiring writers with essential skills and helps to hone the skill-set of experienced writers.

• Highly competitive tuition.

Admissions Requirements

• Completed application for graduate study

• Submit the non-refundable application fee

• Official transcripts verifying completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. No minimum GPA required.

Certificate Requirements

• Successful completion of all five courses (15 credits).


Dr. Ramona Kerby

Dr. Ramona Kerby, coordinator

Important Dates

Summer 2019 Application Deadline is April 30th

Fall 2019 Application Deadline is July 31st

Spring 2020 Application Deadline is December 15th

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and official supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll. This allows for the application to be processed and reviewed, for account creation, and for registration into classes. The following dates reflect when registration opens for each term.

Summer Semester – April 1
Fall Semester – July 1
Spring Semester – December 1

Students are assigned an advisor who will guide them as to which courses they will be taking each semester. Anyone admitted after the opening of registration may be placed on a wait list for certain desired courses.





1. How do I apply? 
Visit the How to Apply page for application procedures and forms.

2. Will I have contact with the instructors?
Yes, regular dialogue, review, discussion and critiques will occur throughout each course. The instructors will also be available for questions and feedback.

3. Will I be published as a result of this program?
Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that your work will be published. What we can promise is that experts in the field including scholars and authors will review and critique your work to help you produce a highly polished and professional proposal package.

4. Can I take just one course?
Yes, you can elect to take just the course(s) you want and courses can be taken out of sequence.

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Summer Term 2019 course listing now available »

• The online Writing for Children & Young Adults program is designed for working professionals who want a straight path to publishing in the field.

• Learn from and network with industry professionals and award-winning authors

• Receive peer and expert critiques

For detailed information about courses and assignments

Visit the coordinator’s personal website:

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