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Dual Degrees

Dual Degrees

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a growing number of interdisciplinary, dual-degree programs, providing opportunities for further specialization. Students in the Children's Literature program may merge their interests by pursuing the following dual-degree options.

"I can't imagine doing what I do without my two Simmons degrees. I use aspects of both all day, every day. Knowing how to talk about books in a very specific way enable me to connect to our staff and our kids more deeply and meaningfully. Everywhere I go within librarianship, and children's librarianship especially, people are very impressed I went to Simmons."
—Sylvie Shaffer '09 M.A. in Children's Literature/M.S. in Library Services for Children; A.B. Smith College
Parkside Campus Librarian, Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools for Public Policy, Washington, DC

Children's Literature/Teaching (M.A./MAT)

Simmons offers an innovative dual-degree program that prepares students for teaching licensure, with theoretical study in a chosen area of liberal arts. This 64-credit program leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), plus a M.A. in Children's Literature, English, Gender/Cultural Studies, History, or Spanish. Upon successful completion of the program, students are certified as elementary, middle, or high school teachers. Full-time students can complete the program in approximately two years. Part-time students must complete the program within six years of enrollment. All dual-degree students pursue the full-year internship option of the MAT program. During the first year, students are participant-observers at a public school site. During the second year, they are clinical interns at the same site. MAT/Liberal Arts graduates are well positioned for leadership roles as department heads, lead teachers, or curriculum coordinators.

Visit the Teaching and Liberal Arts dual-degree page for more information.

Children's Literature/Library Science (M.A./M.S.)

The Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) team up to offer a 57- to 59-credit dual degree program leading to a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and a Master of Science in Library Science. As children's literature has re-entered mainstream discussions of both adult's and young people's reading, librarians, teachers, booksellers, and publishers are becoming more interested in critical and pragmatic discussions of this diverse and growing body of texts. CSLC coursework provides rigorous, critical study of children's literature. GSLIS offers specialized literature and services courses to students interested in increasing their familiarity with these materials with an eye towards professional youth services in libraries. While both graduate programs reference the same literary history and body of material, each offers distinct perspectives and methodologies.

Visit the Library Science and Children's Literature dual-degree page for more information.

Children's Literature/English (M.A./M.A.)

This 56-credit program leading to a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and a Master of Arts in English consists of seven courses in Children's Literature (the five core courses and two electives) and seven courses in English, including Contemporary Critical Theory (ENGL 405), and six electives.

Visit the Children's Literature and English dual-degree page for more information.

Children's Literature/Writing for Children (M.A./M.F.A.)

This 56-credit program consists of 14 courses and leads to a Master of Arts in Children's Literature and a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children.

Visit the Children's Literature and Writing for Children dual-degree page for more information.