Child Life, Master of Arts (MA)

Program Prerequisite: prior to beginning Advanced Standing Child Life Masters program: completion of BA in Children's Studies, Child Life & Health (or related field), which includes all 10 academic courses required for certification eligibility through the Association of Child Life Professionals.

This program includes all academic requirements for child life certification eligibility through the Association for 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.

This one year program is for students who have obtained a BA in Children's Studies, Child Life and Health (or related field) with all academic requirements required for certification eligibility complete, and are interested in graduate-level coursework that will expand their research and administrative skill set in the field of child life.

Required Courses
CDST 535FAMILY SYSTEMS IN HEALTHCARE5
CDST 536CHILD LIFE RESEARCH METHODOLOGIES5
CDST 537ADMINISTRATION IN CHILD LIFE PROGRAMS5
CDST 595CHILD LIFE PRACTICUM AND INTERNSHIP1-10
CDST 600THESIS 5
Required Electives–additional electives available with prior approval from Child Life Advisor16-20
DISABILITY, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
DISABILITY AS DIVERSITY
SCHOOL REINTEGRATION AND SUPPORT
PEDIATRIC PALLIATIVE CARE
NON-TRADITIONAL CHILD LIFE
Total Credits37-50