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Child Life Specialist

Beyond core requirements, students complete the major requirements by choosing a concentration. Based on a student’s primary interests, the choice of a concentration enables the student to begin to prepare for post-baccalaureate work in psychology. Concentrations should be declared in the spring semester of the sophomore year.

The Child Life Specialist program offers a unique approach by which students receive a solid theoretical and experiential background in the psychological sciences which prepares them not only for the Child Life Specialist Exam, but also for further graduate study in child life or other areas of the behavioral sciences.

Students in the Child Life program have good preparation both academically and clinically for work in child life. Students receive crossdisciplinary instruction from specialists in recreational, art, play, family, and child therapies. Child life students will also be prepared to work in a variety of settings including early childhood education, child development centers, and special education settings.

Child Life Specialist Concentration22 units
Recommended Courses to fulfill the "University General Education Foreign Language Requirement"
To satisfy the University General Education Foreign Language Requirement, it is recommended that the child life specialist student take Spanish or American Sign Language. These two options best meet the needs of children in this geographic region.
Required Psychology Courses22 units
PSYC 345
Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
PSYC 430
Intervention Strategies with Children
PSYC 432
Recreational and Psychosocial Interventions for the Ill and Injured Child
PSYC 445
Psychology of the Family
PSYC 450
PSYC 455
Behavioral Science Practicum I
PSYC 494
Professional Studies in Child Life
Select one of the following:
PSYC 385
Health Psychology
PSYC 485
Stress and Coping
Recommended Coursesoptional
AT 160
Acute Care of Injury and Illness (F, S)
ENGL 434
Children's Literature
PSYC 440
Psychology of Religion
SOCW 351
Child Welfare**
UNRS 380
Transcultural Health Care Outreach

**Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.

Note: This information is current for the 2013-14 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.