M.S. in Child Life (Advanced Standing)
The Advanced Standing option for the Master of Science in Child Life program is available for Certified Child Life Specialists who have a B.A. or B.S. degree, as well as individuals who have successfully completed the 600 required child life internship hours. To pursue the Advanced Standing option, you must provide proof of a Child Life Certificate from the Child Life Certification Commission (part of the Association of Child Life Professionals), or complete the Child Life Clinical Experience Verification Form (PDF).
|PCLS 501||Advanced Child Development||3|
|PCLS 511||Family Systems Theory and Applications||3|
|PCLS 512||Theories and Practices of Grief and Loss||3|
|PCLS 523||Coping Strategies for Children Experiencing Stress and Trauma||3|
|PCLS 531||Ethics, Diversity and Professional Issues||3|
|PCLS 532||Child Life Administration and Leadership||3|
|PCLS 551||Research Methods and Statistical Analysis||3|
|PCLS 552||Thesis/Project Seminar||3|
|PSYC 526||Multicultural Counseling||3|
|PSYC 524||Counseling Adolescents||3|
|PSYC 530||Evidence-Based Practices in the Treatment of Children and Youth||3|
|PSYC 529||Group Counseling||3|
|Optional Electives 1|
|PCLS 524||Adolescent Development and Interventions||3|
|PCLS 520||Infants and Toddlers: Development and Interventions||3|
These courses may serve as additional electives to the child life program, or be used as substitutes for a required course by students who enter the program with previous coursework that meets the student learning outcomes for a particular required course. Departmental permission is required for such a substitution.
University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.
International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.
Program Learning OutcomesStudents who successfully complete this program shall be able to:
- Disciplinary Knowledge – Demonstrate theoretical and conceptual knowledge to apply Child Life practices.
- Critical thinking, scientific inquiry and effective communication – Able to examine and engage in scholarly inquiry and critical thinking, including evaluation and application of evidence based research relevant to child life practices and healthcare delivery system, as a basis to develop, implement and communicate effective interventions.
- Values and Ethics – Apply knowledge of child life operating principles, code of ethical responsibilities, standards of practice, respect and value for diversity, and factors impacting infants, children, youth and families.
- Application to Vocation – Develop professional identity demonstrating the ability to integrate and apply Child Life competencies learned in professional settings of practicum and internship.
- Faith integration – Articulate the intersection of Christian traditions with the Child Life profession using a Christian worldview to integrate faith, beliefs, values, ethics, and service in personal and professional life.