The child life concentration prepares students for careers working with children in healthcare settings. It rose primarily out of a need to prepare those students seeking further education as Child Life Specialists. Our program is in line with expectations of the National Child Life Council who regulates curriculum expectations for those entering graduate school. Since 2013, we have had a certified Child Life Specialist as part of our adjunct faculty, so that students who are interested in CLS can get to know someone in the field as they discover their career calling. This track provides a solid foundation for graduate school, particularly in areas pertaining to children and medicine.
This track adequately prepares students to go on to gain certification as CLS. According to the CLC, Child life specialists “promote effective coping through play… provide emotional support for families, and encourage optimum development of children facing a broad range of challenging experiences, particularly those related to healthcare and hospitalization… They also play a vital role in educating caregivers, administrators, and the general public about the needs of children under stress.”
Interdisciplinary Component—15 hours
Child Life Concentration—9 hours