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Writing for Children & Young Adults Certificate

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Applicants for fall 2017
To begin a new application or complete one in-progress to begin study at McDaniel College in the fall 2017 term, please use this link »

Applicants for 2018 and beyond
McDaniel College has switched to a new application system. Any information that you started prior to 8.15.17 will not be available in the new system and you will be required to use the new application. We apologize for any inconvenience and will always be happy to assist you in the process or answer any questions.

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.

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).


Writing for Children & Young Adults Courses
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Dr. Ramona Kerby

Dr. Ramona Kerby, coordinator

Important Dates

Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year but the College recommends that students submit their applications and supporting materials well in advance of the start of the semester in which they plan to enroll.

Recommended Application Filing Dates:
Fall Semester – by or before August 1
Spring Semester - by or before December 15
Summer Session - by or before May 1

These filing dates are after the opening of registration for those semesters so students wishing to have the greatest choice of courses should submit their applications earlier.


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.