• Undergraduate program: Child Life Specialist

Thank you for your interest in the Child Life Specialist Program at The University of Akron. We are proud of the Child Life curriculum and the related learning experiences provided at hospitals throughout the United States.

Click here to view The Child Life Program Manual

Since field placement in the hospitals are limited, we accept twelve students each year. As this is a highly competitive and demanding program, applicants need a 3.0 grade point average. In order to be formally accepted into the Child Life Program, a student must meet the following requirement:

  • Completed at least four semesters or two years of full-time equivalent college coursework
  • Completed the Child Life application
  • Submitted three letters of recommendation
  • Successfully pass the required interview

Application and Reference Form

After formal acceptance into the Child Life Program, the student will sign a contract of agreement to begin the specialized course requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development, Child Life Specialist option.

The enclosed academic program agreement, application, and other materials will detail the courses and program requirements. Comparable courses taken at The University of Akron or another college or university may be waived, if appropriate to the Child Life Program. The Application deadline is Feb. 1 of each academic year.

To speak with an Academic Adviser about the Child Life Specialist program please contact: Francesca Jirsa 330-972-5875 or Rose Resler 330-972-8040.