About Masters of Science in Child Life
This program is focused on the creating students who are prepared to sit for certification with the Association of Child Life Professionals and practice in the field of Child Life. Through coursework and clinical work under the supervision of a Child Life Specialist, students will be prepared to support the socio-emotional needs of children and families in a healthcare setting.
The curriculum includes courses in the following areas:
- Child development
- Theories in family relationships
- Research methods
- The hospitalized child and family
- Child life interventions
- Therapeutic benefits of play
- Hospital internship
Upon graduation, the following learning objectives will be met by each student.
Required Courses for Master's Degree: Child Life
- Outcome #1: Graduates can verbally and in writing describe the foundational theories of child life.
- Outcome #2: Graduates are able to provide meaningful, high-quality therapeutic interventions to children and families in a hospital environment.
- Outcome #3: Graduates will be able to read and apply research specific to their roles.
- Outcome #4: Graduates will be able to assess when to put their coping plans into practice and will be able to stay mentally healthy in the field
- Outcome #5: Graduates will effectively communicate (written and oral) with children and adults in multiple contexts including verbal communication with medical professionals, children and families and written communication with professionals through chart notes.
Course Titles and Associated Credits
FALL (9 credits)
Child and Adolescent Development in Context (3)
Family Process (3)
Psychosocial Care of Medical and Emotionally Vulnerable Children (3)
SPRING (9 credits)
Play and Therapeutic Interventions in Child Life (3)
Program Development and Evaluation and Supervisory Skills (3)
Death, Dying and Bereavement (3)
Research Literacy (3)
Internship and Capstone (12)