Child Life Specialist Certificate
The Child Life Certificate includes the coursework required by the Association of Child Life Professionals for eligibility to complete official child life internships and take the Child Life Professional Certification Exam.
Certified Child Life Specialists often work in pediatric hospitals but may also work in other spaces (e.g., courtrooms, funeral homes or bereavement services) where children may experience illness-related trauma. The field of Child Life is evidence-based, providing interventions (e.g., therapeutic play, education, self-care, stress reduction, distraction, etc) with children and families that are developmentally appropriate. As important members of a child’s care team, Child Life Specialists serve an important role in improving the illness-related experiences of both patients and their families.
Students may not declare the Child Life Specialist Certificate and either the Child Studies and Youth Development or Family Relationships minor.
|FSW 245||Children and Families: Ages Conception - 12||3|
|FSW 261||Diverse Family Systems Across the Life Cycle||3|
|FSW 295||Research and Evaluation Methods||3|
|FSW 318||Child Life Theory and Practice||3|
|FSW 435||Death Studies||3|
|FSW 445||Therapeutic Play for Child Life Specialists||3|
|FSW 481||Adolescent Development in Diverse Families: Ages 13-25||3|
|FSW 494||Internship with Families and Children||3|
|Choose 3 of the following:||9-11|
|Writing For Helping Professions|
|Perspectives on Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy|
|Global Child Advocacy Issues|
|Professional and Systematic Responses to Child Maltreatment|
|Principles of Human Physiology|
|Medical Terminology for Health Professionals|
|Issues of Health & Wellness for the Young Child|
|Introduction to Psychology|
|Foundational Experiences in Psychology|
|Total Credit Hours||33-35|