Graduate Academic Certificate in Storytelling
100% Online Program: Three Web-based courses with an Online Tutorial
Awards a Certificate Suitable for Framing with the Certificate Credential Appearing on the Official University Transcript
"The stories we are willing to share with one another give our culture its values, beliefs, goals, and traditions, binding us together into a cohesive society, allowing us to work together with a common purpose. Storytelling lives at the heart of human experience""a compelling form of personal communication as ancient as language itself. Since the beginnings of humankind, we have shared through stories the events, beliefs, and values held dear by our families, communities, and cultures."
From The Call of Story
Life is, truly, the grand narrative. Some theorists believe humans are born with stories living inside us and that we develop language for the purpose of being able to tell those stories. Imagine a group of people sitting around an evening campfire — the atmosphere is rich with mood and tone — and while around that fire, storytelling will naturally emerge. Stories enable children and adults to understand and make meaning in their lives. Storytellers tell tales of life past, present, and future — story is the richest heritage of human civilizations.
Storytelling has emerged from the grande oral tradition into "modern day" platforms represented in books, dance, music, theatre, movies, etc. Story preserves, perpetuates, and transforms culture and is finding new applications in education, corporations, industry, and entertainment — in settings in which people interact or seek to "escape". It is an emerging frontier with compelling possibilities.
The University of North Texas is the leading university of the Dallas Metroplex, the fourth–largest university in Texas (more than 30,000 students), and is listed as one of America's 100 Best College Buys. The UNT Department of Library and Information Sciences is also a top-rated program as ranked by U.S. News and World Reports.
The Graduate Academic Certificate program is intended for two audiences:
- Master’s degreed library and information science professionals who want to develop expertise in Storytelling and receive a Graduate Academic Certificate.
- Bachelor's or Master's degreed individuals in any field who want to develop or enhance their knowledge of Storytelling by taking Master's level courses and receiving a Graduate Academic Certificate.
Required Courses for the Storytelling Certificate
Three courses are required for a total of 9 Hours:
- SLIS 5440 -Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 hours)
Storytelling ethnography, history, theory, methods, and bibliographic resources. Story research, analysis, selection, adaptation, and preparation. Oral performance development and audience dynamics. Program planning, implementation, evaluation, and grant writing for schools, libraries or other information settings.
- SLIS 5441 - Advanced Storytelling for Information Professionals (3 hours)
Personal storytelling performance development -- psycho-social development; voice and vocal dynamics; movement and gesture; facial expression, posture and performance dress; characterization; dialect and linguistic factors; musical effects; nonverbal behaviors and silence/pause. Training for public storytelling performances in libraries, schools, and community information settings. Advanced program planning, including development, implementation and evaluation of an individual or group storytelling concert. Advanced study of the current trends in storytelling.
- And one of the following:
- SLIS 5685 - Information Resources and Services in Culturally Diverse Communities (3 hours)
Seminar in information resources and services for ethnic cultural minorities. Issues in the provision of information services to ethnic cultural minority communities. Study of the needs and cultural milieu of these communities. Materials and methods for serving these groups.
- SLIS 5445 - History and Culture of Youth Information Services (3 hours)
History of youth services librarianship. Theory and methods of ethnographic evaluation. Community assessment and interviews. Users and designers of youth information services and systems. Current trends.
- Another course as negotiated with the advisor.
All nine hours coursework taken for this Graduate Academic Certificate will apply toward the Master’s Program in the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences. The courses required are offered year-round and are taught by a team of full-time graduate professors. The Department of Library and Information Sciences offers Web-based Master’s degree programs in both Youth Librarianship and School Librarianship, as well as seven other library and information sciences Programs of Study. The Department of Library and Information Sciences Master's degree requires 36 hours of course work for completion. Information about tuition and fee rate schedules for the Graduate Academic Certificate courses can be found on the on the UNT Student Accounting and University Cashiering Services Website.
Required Tutorial for Graduate Academic Certificate Students
All of the courses for this certificate are completed online. Students admitted for the Graduate Academic Certificate program are required to complete a WebCT tutorial prior to starting their courses. This tutorial is also completed online and is done via WebCT, which is the platform in which you will take your courses. There is no fee to access tutorial. The tutorial will take approximately 4–6 hours and will walk you through the steps for using WebCT — learning how to use discussion forums, WebCT email, and other functions critical to your success. While some apt individuals may innately figure out how to do the basic functions in WebCT, the tutorial gives you insight into many advanced functions that are not apparent, such as how to compile course content, information management, etc.
Once you are admitted to Department of Library and Information Sciences, there is a two step process for setting up your tutorial.
- Setting up your EUID.
What is my EUID and How do I Get It/Know What It Is? You will need to set up your EUID before you can register for courses and get your tutorial. Visit https://ams.unt.edu/ to learn more and set up your EUID. Be sure and remember your EUID and password and set up the password expiration reminder.
- Request the Tutorial
Once your EUID is established, you must request the WebCT tutorial by contacting the advisor at Elizabeth.Figa@unt.edu.
Students must be admitted into the University of North Texas Graduate School and are required to submit the following application materials:
- Graduate School Application.
- Department of Library and Information Sciences application, which is available as a PDF document.
- Required transcripts.
Graduate Academic Certificate applicants do not need to submit standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), letters of recommendation, or statement of purpose, etc., for admission. Students who are awarded Academic Certificates and later apply for admission to the Master's program will be required to submit these materials.
Once You Are Admitted
Once admitted, you will be advised by Dr. Elizabeth Figa who will assist you in getting enrolled for classes and beginning the Graduate Academic Certificate Program.
Note: If you are a current LIS Master’s student and you are applying for a GAC, you must also complete the Application for Concurrent Graduate Academic Certificate Programs so your academic certificate program will list on your transcript. If you do not complete the form before your graduating semester, the Toulouse Graduate School will not accept your request for the certificate.
Academic Certificate Completion Form and Request to Receive Your Certificate
Once you complete your course work, please follow these instructions to receive your certificate.
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