The Illinois State Child Life Program prepares students to enter the child life profession by providing ample opportunities to increase their capacity for inquiry, logical thinking, critical analysis, and synthesis as they apply theory to practice in the classroom and at their practicum sites.
Students apply for competitive child life internships during the last semester of coursework on campus. Following their internship, students are eligible to take the national Child Life Certification Examination, administered by the Association of Child Life Professionals (ACLP) to become a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS).
The Child Life Program only admits students during the fall semester. Application deadline for fall admission is February 1.
For more information contact: Keri Edwards, MS, CCLS, at email@example.com or (309) 438-2648.
The Child Life Graduate program at Illinois State University is a four or five semester experience resulting in a Master of Science degree in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Typically, students are on campus taking courses their first three or four semesters and then complete their child life internship at a hospital under the direction of a certified child life specialist their final semester. As part of on-campus course work students spend time each semester observing and interacting with children, families and professionals in a variety of settings designed to enhance their knowledge of the circumstances related to normal growth and development, special needs and health care environments.