The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences offers a Master of Science or Master of Arts degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a sequence in Child Life. This sequence prepares you to enter the child life profession by providing ample opportunities to increase your capacity for inquiry, logical thinking, critical analysis, and synthesis as you apply theory to practice in the classroom and at your practicum sites. Through required and elective courses, our graduate program provides all courses necessary to meet Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) requirements.
In this sequence, you’ll apply for competitive child life internships during the last semester of coursework on campus. Following your internship, you are eligible to take the national Child Life Certification Examination. The Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS) credential is the exclusive child life certification and is issued by the Child Life Certification Commission, a subsidiary of the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP).
Strong candidates for the Child Life graduate program are those who:
- Have a strong foundation in child development and developmental theory
- Can articulate a clear understanding of Child Life and its theoretical basis
- Have a minimum of 50 hours of hospital volunteer experience; preferably including contact with Child Life