Online Class:  

YA/Teen Lit YAY!

Instructors: Ashley Smith and Brooke Schmidt

Renew your enthusiasm for Young Adult books! In this course, an independent exploration of choosing quality YA books, you will become familiar with a broad range of Teen Books. Learn how to select appropriate and quality YA books and design strategies to build an appreciation of literature, motivate students to become lifelong readers, and encourage critical thinking across the curriculum. Topics include the nature of teenage readers, genres of young adult literature, and engaging readers.  Upon completion of this course, you will have created a biography of useful titles and planned lessons that are ready for immediate use. You will need to have a public or school library and Internet access available to you. 

For 6-12 Teachers

This class is offered for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 Quarter Credits

For 1 credit you will choose 5 assignments to complete

For 2 credits you will choose 7 assignments to complete

For 3 credits you will choose 9 assignments to complete

For 4 credits you will choose 12 assignments to complete

For 5 credits you will choose 14 assignments to complete

Students will be given a list of online resources/assignments

Register Anytime!  You can start your course TODAY!

1. Click "Registration" below.  Our site will redirect you to an SPU registration page where you will pay both the TINT and SPU fee with a credit card. 

2. You will receive an email from SPU with your receipt and a link to the coursework. 

3. You have a year to complete the work at your own pace.  Your grade will be posted on your transcript within a few weeks (and often sooner) of you finishing!


Option 1:  Non-Credit/Audit TINT Tuition Fee (10 PDUs):  $295


Option 2:  1 Quarter Credit (20 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $295

+ $55 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $350


Option 3:  2 Quarter Credit (40 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $415

+ $110 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $525


Option 4:   3 Quarter Credit (60 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $525

+ $165 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $690


Option 5:  4 Quarter Credit (80 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $625

+ $220 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $845


Option 6:  5 Quarter Credit (100 PDUs) = TINT Tuition Fee: $715

+ $275 SPU Credit Fee (Click here for SPU Info) = $990

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Student Testimonials:

I really enjoyed this class, and have come away inspired to deepen my investment in choice reading in my classroom next year. 

—TINT Student

I enjoyed reading these books and having so many options for assignments.. I was looking for accessible books that were very engaging. It was a bonus that it addressed relevant topics in a humorous way. 

—TINT Student

This class has exposed me to so many different aspects of YA Literature.  It’s often easy to find yourself getting into a pattern- no time- and go with what you know, year after year. This class allowed me to reignite the love that I have for reading and has gotten me to think about the very diverse titles that are accessible to our students.

—TINT Student

This class has definitely added new perspectives and ideas so that we can enhance what we will already be learning and creating in our reading classrooms this year.

—TINT Student

This course has been enlightening as well as entertaining.  I am so glad that I took it over the summer so that I could immerse myself in reading young adult literature and exploring the genre through the assignments.  As always, I appreciate the assignment menu allowing for choice.

—TINT Student

I can easily say that every assignment I completed was compelling and brought about new understanding.  I feel much more in touch with the current themes of young adult literature as well as how readers respond and interact with books through social media and the internet.

—TINT Student


With the tools from this class I can begin to establish a program that gets richer every year with the focus on connecting what students are reading and the author. This class has been amazing!! 

—TINT Student


Thanks for designing such a great course. I had a blast completing all the assignments and getting reacquainted with great YA Lit.

—TINT Student


This class is exactly the type of work that I enjoy and want to do to develop my craft.  I am so grateful for the variety in the assignment options and for the chance to slow down during the school year and think deeply about my first passion - literature.

—TINT Student