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 Concentration||22 units|
|Recommended Courses to fulfill the "University General Studies Foreign Language Requirement"|
|To satisfy the University General Studies 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 Courses||22 units|
PSYC 345Psychology of Child and Adolescent Development
PSYC 430Intervention Strategies with Children
PSYC 432Recreational and Psychosocial Interventions for the Ill and Injured Child
PSYC 445Psychology of the Family
PSYC 455Behavioral Science Practicum I
PSYC 494Professional Studies in Child Life
|Select one of the following:|
PSYC 385Health Psychology
PSYC 485Stress and Coping
AT 160Acute Care of Injury and Illness (F, S)
BIOL 115Anatomy and Physiology
ENGL 434Children's Literature
PSYC 440Psychology of Religion
SOCW 351Child Welfare
UNRS 380Transcultural Health Care Outreach
*Meets a General Studies core (or elective) requirement.
**Meets a General Studies elective requirement.
***Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.