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Youth Services and Literature Graduate Certificate

Program Overview

Earn a Graduate Certificate in Youth Services and Literature from The University of Southern Mississippi and gain the expertise needed to serve young people in the library or educational environment. Our online certificate is designed to prepare students for careers related to children and young adult literature, programs and services.

This certificate may just be the beginning for you and your career, as 12 hours of electives can count for both a certificate and a Master of Library Information Science (MLIS). Let Online at Southern Miss help you achieve your goals. This is your life, plus college.


Degree Requirements

Required courses:

  • LIS 517 – Literature and Related Media for Children 3 hrs.
  • LIS 518 – Literature and Related Media for Young Adults 3 hrs.
  • LIS 519 – Programs and Services for Youth 3 hrs.


Choose two; one must be 600-level or higher

  • LIS 528 – Storytelling 3 hrs.
  • LIS 590 – Library Instruction 3 hrs.
  • LIS 629 – Studies in Children’s Literature 3 hrs.
  • LIS 634 – History of Children’s Literature 3 hrs.
  • LIS 670 – Topics in Services to Library Clientele 3 hrs.
  • FAM 650 – Individual and Family Life Cycle Development 3 hrs.
  • FAM 652 – Intimate Relationship Development 3 hrs.
  • CIE 768 – Children’s Literature for the Early Years 3 hrs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other classes that aren’t listed may count towards your degree once your transcript has been evaluated and posted.  

No, online students pay resident tuition.  For information about pricing, click here 

If yes, visit for more information on how Southern Miss can serve you and your needs.   We’re here to help you with funding and scholarship information, admissions and course enrollment.   

For pricing information, click here.  As a student enrolled in a certificate program, you are not eligible for financial aid.  For detailed tuition information, click here 

Are there additional fees?

Additional course fees may apply.  Fees range between $20-$60.