NOTE: The undergraduate Child Life Specialist program is no longer an option for incoming students. The graduate degree in Child Life remains and is being enhanced in accordance with the Child Life Council.
There is a Resilient Child certificate available for undergraduate students majoring in child life, nursing, nutrition/dietetics, psychology, sociology, special education, social work, and speech-language pathology and audiology.
This program prepares students to help children and their families in hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, hospice and other health care settings. It is one of fewer than 10 academic programs in the country offering courses specific to child life.
To become a certified child life specialist, students must complete four field experiences and pass the Certification Examination of the Child Life Council. Level 1 field experience includes working with normally developing children in a nonmedical setting. Field level 2 (50 hours), 3 (128) and 4 (480 to 650 hours) experiences occur in a child life program at an approved pediatric facility under the supervision of academic and clinical certified child life specialists.
The program is accredited by the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.
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Students wishing to pursue careers as child life specialists typically work at hospitals, rehabilitation sites, hospices and other health care settings. As integral members of a health care team, they:
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