Master of Science in Child Life

The master’s degree in child life is designed to prepare graduates to successfully complete credentialing as child life specialists, who are allied health care professionals with expertise in helping children and their families navigate traumatic and challenging experiences, particularly health crises.

This is an applied/clinical program, with students required to complete a 120-hour practicum in child life followed by a 600-hour hospital internship, in addition to rigorous coursework. The program comprises 42 units and can be completed in 18 months, with available start times in spring and fall. Courses take place primarily in the evenings. There is also online synchronous learning for Advanced Standing option.


PCLS 501Advanced Child Development3
PCLS 502Applied Child Development and Medical Terminology3
PCLS 511Family Systems Theory and Applications3
PCLS 512Theories and Practices of Grief and Loss3
PCLS 521Introduction to Child Life3
PCLS 522Therapeutic Interventions and Play-Based Techniques3
PCLS 523Coping Strategies for Children Experiencing Stress and Trauma3
PCLS 525Assessment, Preparation, and Documentation3
PCLS 531Ethics, Diversity and Professional Issues3
PCLS 532Child Life Administration and Leadership3
PCLS 542Practicum in Child Life3
PCLS 543Internship in Child Life3
PCLS 551Research Methods and Statistical Analysis3
PCLS 552Thesis/Project Seminar3
Total Units42