The Illinois State Child Life Program 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.
In this program, 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 Child Life Professional Certification Program is administered by the Child Life Certification Commission (CLCC), Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) staff, at a professional testing agency.
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