Child Life Specialist Program

Announcing: Scholarship Opportunity

The Lisa S. Perry Scholarship was established by the Megan Littlejohn Foundation in honor of Lisa Perry, a Child Life Specialist who provided invaluable support to the Littlejohn family. The scholarship was established to assist a deserving student in the Child Life Specialist Program. Recipients will be selected based on academic standing, need for financial assistance, and a strong commitment to and history of community outreach. Recipients are required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.0.  Applications are available here.

Recent Scholarship Recipients: Congratulations!

Shelley Assel upon receiving a scholarship from the Megan Littlejohn Foundation!

Brooke Parker upon receiving a scholarship from the Megan Littlejohn Foundation!

Misha Peterson who was awarded a $5,000 diversity scholarship for internship expenses from the Association of Child Life Professionals!

Brochure: Find out about the Resilient Child Certificate program

Master's program available

Child Life at UAThe University of Akron offers the M.A. in Child Life. Entrance into the program is highly competitive

The master's degree program is for the Child Life student with a bachelor's degree in a related discipline who wants to obtain knowledge in the child life field in addition to gaining skills in an area of special interest. Students wishing to apply to the Master's Degree Program must fill out an application for the Graduate School and an application for the Child Life Specialist Program. Students who are entering the program from a field or degree other than child life will be expected to complete bridge-up courses: Child Development, Direct Experiences in the Hospital, Anatomy and Physiology I, and Medical Terminology. Learn more

Career opportunities

Students wishing to pursue careers in Child Life typically work in hospitals, rehabilitation sites, hospices, and other health care settings. As integral members of a health care team, they:

  • Assess responses and needs of children and families related to health care experiences;
  • Minimize stress and anxiety for children and the families;
  • Prepare children and their families for health care experiences;
  • Provide essential life experiences such as play and peer interaction;
  • Create opportunities which strengthen children's self-esteem and independence;
  • Communicate effectively with other members of the health care team.