Program Format

Prepare to Become a Child Life Specialist

The master’s in child life program prepares graduates to successfully complete credentialing as child life specialists and become allied health care professionals with expertise in helping children and their families navigate traumatic and challenging experiences, particularly health crises.

Immediately Apply Learning

This is an applied/clinical program, with students required to complete a 120-hour practicum in child life followed by a 600-hour hospital internship, in addition to rigorous coursework. The program comprises 42 units and can be completed in 18 months, with available start times in spring and fall. Courses take place primarily days and evenings.

Advanced Standing Option

This option is available for Certified Child Life Specialists (CCLS) with a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as individuals who have successfully completed the 600 required child life internship hours. To pursue the Advanced Standing option, you must provide proof of either a CL Certificate from the Child Life Certifying Commission (CLCC), or complete the Child Life Clinical Experience Verification Form (PDF).

Note: This information is current for the 2019-20 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.