Child Life, Master of Arts (MA)

Program prerequisite—prior to beginning the Advanced Standing students must complete a BA in Children’s Studies: Child Life and Health or a relate field that includes all 10 academic courses required for certification eligibility through the Association of Child Life Professionals.

In the child life field, students who obtain a masters degree are more competitive for clinical practicum, internship, and in the job market. Additionally, this program will provide students with research skill sets unique to the child life field, in addition to supervisory and managerial skills for administrative level child life positions.

All graduate students in the MA in Child Life program will complete the Required Core Courses and four electives.

Track One: If a graduate student is a Certified Child Life Specialist, they will not need to complete a child life practicum or child life internship in order to graduate from the program. Students in track one will complete a total of 44–45 credit hours in order to graduate from the program. 

Track Two: If a graduate student is not a Certified Child Life Specialist, they will need complete a child life practicum and child life internship in order to graduate from the program or provide documentation verifying successful completion of a previous child life practicum and/or child life internship.

*If students need affiliation for the child life practicum or child life internship, they will be required to register for CDST 595 Child Life Practicum and Internship. Students who need hospital affiliation will complete a total of 44–51 credit hours in order to graduate from the program.

*If students do not need affiliation for the child life practicum or child life internship, they will not need to register for CDST 595 Child Life Practicum and Internship. Students who do not need hospital affiliation will complete a total of 44–45 credit hours in order to graduate from the program.

Required Core Courses25
FAMILY SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE
CHILD LIFE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES
ADMINISTRATION IN CHILD LIFE PROGRAMS
CHILD LIFE GRANT WRITING
THESIS
RESEARCH PROJECT
Required Electives–All students are required to take four electives. Additional electives available with prior approval from Child Life Advisor.19-20
PEDIATRIC MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
SCHOOL REINTEGRATION AND SUPPORT
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
NON-TRADITIONAL CHILD LIFE
INTERNATIONAL CHILD LIFE
Required Clinical Experience–for students who need hospital affiliation for child life practicum or child life internship.0-6
CHILD LIFE PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP
Total Credits44-51