Wayne State University

Kristin K.A. McIlhagga

Kristin K.A.  McIlhagga
Lecturer - Reading, Language and Literature and Program Coordinator Elementary Education
217 Education

Office Hours: By appointment

(313) 577-1802
Fax: (313) 577-4091


Michigan State University

  • Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education - 2016

Grand Valley State University

  • Masters in Elementary Education - August 2000
  • Bachelor of Arts: Music - April 1994

Professional Teaching Certificate, State of Michigan

  • K-5 Elementary, All Subjects
  • 6-8 Self-Contained, All Subjects
  • JX Endorsement - Music K-8





  • Member of Reading, Language, and Literature Division.
  • Teaches courses in English Language Arts Methods, Children's Literature, and Content Area Literacy.
  • Elementary Program Coordinator 
  • Manages Children's Literature Resource Center.

Area Of Expertise

  • Children's and Young Adult Literature
  • Preservice Teacher Education
  • Literacy & Language Arts Methods
  • English Education

Research Interests

  • The role of children's literature in preservice teacher education.
  • Multidisciplinary perspectives on the study of children's literature - particularly across education, library science, and English
  • Teachers as readers
  • Preservice teacher field experiences
  • English Language Arts methods across K-12 levels
  • Social Media and Professional Learning Communities

Courses Taught

Undergraduate & Graduate Levels

  • Children's Literature for Teachers, Preschool-Grade 8
  • English Language Arts Methods, Preschool-Grade 8
  • Survey and Analysis of Current Children's Literature
  • Teaching Literature in Secondary Schools
  • Teaching Reading in Content Areas


Community Engagement Activities

Presented At:

  • National Council of Teachers of English Annual Meeting
  • Modern Language Association Annual Meeting
  • Literacy Research Association
  • Children's Literature Association
  • Michigan Reading Association

Reviewer for:

  • Research in the Teaching of English
  • Journal of Literacy Research
  • Michigan Reading Journal